President's Welcome



Pre-Conference Workshop



General Info


Speakers & Special Guests


Community Service Project

Local Arrangements

Exhibitor Information

Conference Support Recognition

Presenter / Moderator Checklist

Conference Committee

Session Surveys

Conference Evaluation

CMBO Pre-Conference Evaluation



Dear FASFAA members,

We are delighted to serve as Conference Co-Chairs for the 2016 FASFAA Conference! This year the conference will be held May 24-27, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL. 

Tracy Wiles, 2016 FASFAA Conference Co-Chair
Thomas Vo, 2016 FASFAA Conference Co-Chair

President's Welcome

FASFAA Family,

Every year brings new challenges into our lives. Whether that is work, personal, family, or spiritual, we are constantly being tested. It is time to get away from the office for a few days and focus on our profession. The FASFAA Annual Conference is exactly what we need to recharge us for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.

The FASFAA Executive Board and Conference Committee have been doing an excellent job working on providing the training necessary for all our members. Whether you have been in financial aid for 30 days or 30 years, there is something at this conference new for you to learn.

The 2016 Annual Conference will begin on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 and conclude on Friday, May 27, 2016.

On behalf of the 2015-16 Executive Board and Conference Committee, I would like to invite you to join us at the upcoming conference and help make this one of the best ones yet!

Together we will “Pursue Excellence – Chase Success”.


Ryan McNamara

2015-16 FASFAA President


Click here
to download FASFAA's conference justification letter.

FASFAA membership is a requirement for conference attendance. If you were a prior member of FASFAA but have not paid your 2015-2016 annual membership click here and complete the 2015-2016 FASFAA Membership Renewal Form and then return to this page to complete your conference registration. Your conference registration fee will cover your membership renewal fee for 2016-2017.

Current FASFAA members: When you register for the 2016 FASFAA Annual Conference below your conference fee will cover your membership renewal fee of $30 for 2016-2017.

Warning:  Do not attempt to register someone else using your FASFAA user ID and password as this will change your personal FASFAA membership profile. 

Member Registration: CLICK HERE!

Non-Member Registration: CLICK HERE!

If you are retired then please click here to email the Conference Registration Chair for the retired discount code.

If your school is interested in the possibility of sending participants for only one day then please click here to email the Conference Registration Chair.

Please note:  We encourage you to complete your registration online if you plan to attend the conference. Registering prior to arriving will help expedite the registration process and make it easier once you arrive on-site.

Conference fees Current Member Cost Non-Member Cost
Full Conference Fee $275.00 $305.00

Individual Guest meal fees Event Cost
Wednesday May 25th Breakfast $53 / person
Wednesday May 25th Lunch $60 / person
Thursday May 26th Lunch $67 / person
 Friday May 27th  (Closing) Breakfast  $55 / person

Pre-conference workshop fees      Cost     
Cash Management / Business Office Workshop $160
CMBO Registration:  CLICK HERE!   
NASFAA Credential Workshop - Monday May 23rd $50
NASFAA Credential Workshop - Tuesday May 24th $50
NASFAA Credential Workshop - Both Monday 5/23 & Tuesday 5/24 $75
NASFAA Credential Registration:  CLICK HERE!   

Important information:

  • Guest Meal Tickets must be selected and paid for with registration.
  • Guests are welcome to join the opening day reception.
  • If you forgot your password, click on this "Forgot your password?" link and it will be e-mailed to you.
  • If you are paying by credit card, click the "Credit Card" button on the payments page. Do not click on the "PayPal" button unless you are a "PayPal" member and know your PayPal password. When paying by credit card, please be sure the billing address fields on the payment form match the credit card billing address of the card you are using. The credit card confirmation process requires a matching address for security purposes.
  • If you will be sending payment by check, click the "Send Check" button on the payments page. Please be advised your registration will be considered "pending" until payment is received.
  • Registration cancellation fee is $75 (Cancellation received after May 16th will be charged 50% of the registration fee).
  • No refunds after May 23rd. If you register and do not attend you will be charged 100%.
  • The Member Conference Registration Form is for current active FASFAA members only. In order to access this registration form you must have paid dues for the 2015-2016 membership year which runs from July 1st, 2015 - June 30th, 2016.
  • Questions or issues?  

    - John Snow for Membership Status or Password retrieval

    - Tracy Wiles for Registration

    - FASFAA's Bookkeeper for Payments

Pre-Conference Workshop

In conjunction with the annual conference FASFAA will hold Pre-Conference Workshops May 23rd - May 24th:

  • Cash Management / Business Office Pre-Conference Workshop

     The workshop will begin Monday morning and conclude with lunch on Tuesday afternoon; just in time for the start of the annual conference.  
    Registration for the Cash Management / Business Office Pre-Conference Workshop is $160.

    - Click here for the CMBO pre-conference agenda!
  • NASFAA Credential Pre-Conference Workshops 

    - Monday May 23rd = $50
    - Tuesday May 24th = $50
    - Both Monday 5/23 & Tuesday 5/24 = $75
    - Must be a current FASFAA member

    - Click here for the NASFAA pre-conference agenda!


Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa

5001 Coconut Road
Bonita Springs, Florida, USA, 34134

Room Rate:  Starting from $159.00, and good from 05/22/2016 to 05/29/2016

For on-line room reservations click on the following link.

*Note - If you are having difficulty reserving a room for Sunday May 22, 2016, please contact Lori Auxier directly- or call 561-389-6346

Rooms must be reserved by
04/22/2016 to receive the guaranteed FASFAA rate.

 If you need additional assistance then please call 1-888-421-1442.

Surrounded by tropical landscapes and Estero Bay, with over 75,000 square feet of flexible function space, a full service business center, championship golf course and world class spa, Hyatt Regency Coconut Spa & Resort is the ideal Florida Gulf Coast destination for work or play. We offer a collection of resort shops, on-site car rental and tour services for your convenience. Our knowledgeable Concierge is available to assist you with arrangements for everything from a massage at Stillwater Spa to dinner reservations, a shopping excursion or tee times at Raptor Bay Golf Club. Set out for an unforgettable escape near Naples FL.

You can also interact with the Hyatt Concierge on Twitter @HyattConcierge


  • If traveling by car:

    - From Fort Lauderdale

    Follow I-75 North toward Naples for approximately 99 miles, to Exit 116 toward Bonita Springs / Gulf Beaches. Take the CR-865 West ramp toward Bonita Springs / Gulf Beaches and turn left onto Bonita Beach Road SE / CR-865 West. Turn right onto South Tamiami Trail / US-41 North / FL-45 North. Follow South Tamiami Trail northbound for 4-1/2 miles to Coconut Road intersection. At light, turn left onto Coconut Road and follow to the Hyatt Regency.

    - From Tampa

    Follow I-75 South, toward Naples, to Exit 123. Merge onto Corkscrew Road / CR-850 West toward Estero. Follow Corkscrew Road to Tamiami Trail / US-41 South / FL-45 South, and turn left. Stay on Tamiami Trail to Coconut Road, turn right and follow Coconut Road to the hotel.

    - From Orlando Airport

    Head west 0.5 miles, then make a slight left toward South Access Road. Make a slight left at Boggy Creek Roadd/County Roadd-530/FL-527A, then merge onto FL-417 South via the ramp to Tampa/I-4. Take the exit toward I-4 West, then keep left at the fork and follow signs for I-4/Tampa and merge onto I-4 West. Take exit 9 to merge onto I-75 South toward Naples, then take exit 123 for Corkscrew Road/FL-850 toward Estero/Miramar Outlets Boulevard. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Estero and merge onto Corkscrew Road. Turn left at FL-45/South Tamiami Trail/US-41. Turn right at Coconut Road.

  • If traveling by air:

    - Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

    Naples Transportation Tours & DMC 

    - From Southwest Florida International Airport 

    Follow Terminal Access Road (East) to the intersection of Ben Hill Griffin Parkway / Treeline Avenue Extension. Turn left onto Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, and follow to Corkscrew Road (approx. 7 miles). At Corkscrew Road, turn right and follow West to South Tamiami Trail (US 41) (approximately 3 - 1/2 miles). Turn left onto South Tamiami Trail and follow for approximately 2 miles to Coconut Road. Turn right at Coconut Road, where you’ll find the resort at the end of the street.

    To Southwest Florida International Airport (Approximately 13 miles)

    Take Coconut Road to South Tamiami Trail (US 41) and turn left, heading North. Follow US 41 for two miles, then turn right onto Corkscrew Road. Stay on Corkscrew Road to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway (2nd light after I-75). Turn left and follow Ben Hill Griffin Parkway North, to the intersection with Terminal Access Road (the road changes to Treeline Avenue), Turn right (East) and follow signs to the airport.

General Information

  • Dress for the entire conference will be business casual (that means no suits are necessary).  Business casual typically means not wearing neckties or suits, but collared or polo shirts and cotton trousers or khaki’s for men.  For women khakis, dresses, skirts and blouses are fine.
Items to Bring
  • Business cards

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug spray

  • Umbrella

  • Sweater or long sleeve light jacket/blazer for cooler meeting spaces

Elections: Exhibit area:
  • Vendors/Exhibitors will be located at Calusa F/G/H
Internet access:
  • Wi-Fi is unavailable in the conference area.  Conference attendees may use the Cyber Cafe.  There is complimentary Wi-Fi in the hotel/lodging area for guests staying onsite.
Meals on your own:
  • Tuesday Dinner
  • Wednesday Dinner
  • Thursday Breakfast
  • Thursday Dinner

Agenda / Schedule

Click here for the conference agenda!

Click here for the mobile app!

Speakers & Special Guests

- Nathan Basford
Florida State University
Immediate Past President
Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

David Bartinicki

Federal Training Officer
U.S. Department of Education
- Justin Draeger

- Dana Kelly
Chief Training Officer
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

- Susan Evans
Susan Evans

Vice President and Chief of Staff
Florida Gulf Coast University

- Dr. Peter Reyes Barbatis
Dr. Peter Reyes Barbatis

- Kelly D-Eath
Financial Aid Director
Gadsden State Community College

- Dr. Christopher Mullin
‎Executive Vice Chancellor
The Florida College System

- Les Brown


Session descriptions, in PDF format:
(presentations marked with * won't have a handout)





  • 27-00, Closing Sessions -
    • NASFAA Update
    • General Session

Community Service Project


Each year, Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) is pleased to partner with a charitable organization. For 2016, in conjunction with our annual conference, we have chosen Community Cooperative as our community service project.  From their website -


The mission of Community Cooperative is to eliminate hunger and homelessness in Lee County while simultaneously inspiring and supporting sustained positive change in its clients by delivering innovative food, education and social service programs.

Community Cooperative strives to be the leader in alleviating hunger and homelessness in our community by addressing key root causes. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to our core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Community Cooperative is an exemplary steward of the resources entrusted to us, and serves our clients with compassion and integrity. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity.

How You Can Contribute
We are asking our members to assist in our efforts. You can help through various methods. Among these are holding a canned food drive at your institution, accepting monetary donations, and/or making 
donations to the organization directly at:

FASFAA Annual Conference Charity Events
FASFAA will be holding our annual conference May 24 – 27 at the Hyatt Regency – Coconut Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Fl. This 4 day conference will provide valuable networking opportunities with various professionals in the field of Financial Aid. This year, we will hold a competition among regions. The competition is based upon total canned food donation and/or monetary donation collected. Each region is asked to collect canned food and/or monetary donation toward Community Cooperative. You may ask schools to do a canned food drive, donate at FASFAA spring workshops, and ask conference attendees to bring donations to the conference. Community Cooperative will have a table available at the conference for donations. When dropping donations off at the conference, please have individuals label the bag/box of donations with their region number. If making monetary donation, please provide region number also. For the competition, we will count each canned food item as 1 point. For monetary donations, each $1=1 point. Competition will close 10:30AM on Thursday May 26. The region with total points will be awarded a trophy at the awards ceremony.

We thank you in advance for your efforts!


FASFAA Charity Committee

For questions, please contact Thomas Vo

Local Arrangements

Click here for local restaurant options

Wednesday Night Minute to Win It  7:00pm 
Thursday Night Bingo  7:00pm 

Exhibitor Information

FASFAA is pleased to offer you, our colleagues in the business sector, the opportunity to support our training efforts as financial aid professionals. While we will continue to offer individual training activities for sponsors to advertise and exhibit, we have also produced some discounted packages that will allow you to take advantage of some very significant cost savings.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference Support Recognition

We would like to recognize the following organizations that have provided conference support to ensure that FASFAA continues to provide training opportunities to the membership:

Their combined support contributes to the success of the association’s premier annual training event, the FASFAA Annual Conference!


Presenter / Moderator Checklist

Presenter Checklist:

Thank you for presenting at this year's conference!
  • We are inviting presenters to use the FASFAA PowerPoint Template, use of this template is recommended, not mandatory. (See attached template.)

  • The Conference Committee has secured a Laptop, LCD Projector, Screen, table for equipment, power and internet access for each meeting room.

  • Submit a copy of your finished presentation by May 1st. All presentations will be posted to the conference website, and registered conference attendees will be notified about the availability to download. If you haven’t submitted the presentation in a power point format you MUST also bring it on a jump drive so it can be loaded at the time of your session.

Moderator Checklist:

Thank you for serving as a moderator at this year's conference!
  • Please be in contact with the presenter(s) prior to the conference to obtain their official biographic information and determine how they would like to be introduced for the session.

  • Please attend a brief Moderator Q&A session.

  • On the day and time of the session, please arrive at the room at least 10 minutes prior to the session. If the presenter did not provide their presentation to the conference committee in advance, their presentation will need to be loaded on the meeting room laptop. At the starting time of the session, welcome all to the session and introduce the presenter(s). During the session, take a head count of attendees. At the end of the session, remind attendees that the evaluation of the session will be electronic and will be sent via email after the conference. After the session, submit your head count information to a member of the Conference Committee.

Conference Committee Members

The conference committee list-serve email address is

Conference Chairs:
  •  Thomas Vo
  •  Tracy Wiles
Registration Chair:
  •  Brian Casey
Program Chair:
  •  Maureen Anderson
Facilities Chair:
  • Jan Smith 
Site Selection Chair:
  • Lori Auxier 
Electronic Services Chairs:
  • Christina Acosta-Heritage
  • Kris Hatcher
Membership Chair:
  • John Snow
Local Arrangements & Evening Events Chair:
  •  Anne Hart
Clock Hour Programs Chair:
  •  Lorrie Allen
Charity Chair:
  •  Catherine Morgan
Photography, Ambassador & Volunteer Chair:
  •  Rick Snodgrass
Vendor / Sponsorship Chair:
  • David Alexander
FASFAA President:
  • Ryan McNamara 
FASFAA President-Elect:
  • Joan Bailey
FASFAA Treasurer:
  • Gail Rogers
FASFAA Bookkeeper:
  • Gwyn Francis
2017 Conference Chairs:
  • Nathan Basford

In Memoriam


  • Annalise Adams – Verification Coordinator, Office for Student Financial Affairs, University of Florida

  • Carmen Afghani – Client Services Representative, Financial Aid Services



Members of the Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (FASFAA) recognize that one of the purposes of FASFAA is to provide training and information services to its members through training conferences and periodic written material. While FASFAA shall utilize its best efforts to provide its members with the most current information available, there can be no assurances or warranty that any such information provided to the membership is correct or has not been superseded or that more current information is not available. Furthermore, FASFAA can give no assurances or warranty that its interpretation of any rule, regulation, or statute will be in conformance with any present or future interpretation of such rule, regulation or statute by any appropriate governmental authority. Accordingly, each member shall hold FASFAA harmless from any claims, damages or liability resulting from such member's use of any information, data or interpretations as provided to such member by FASFAA.

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