FASFAA Directors Summit:  A Whole New World - Solving Mysteries

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Welcome to the FASFAA Directors Summit, where financial aid leaders unite for professional development and networking to address the challenges of our ever-evolving profession. In this dynamic landscape of 2024-25, we are navigating uncharted territory, facing significant changes in FAFSA Simplification that impact institutions, students, families, third-party servicers, and software providers alike. Join us as we unravel these mysteries and collaborate on innovative solutions.

Day One: Unraveling FAFSA Simplification

The first day of the summit provides insights and lessons learned regarding FAFSA Simplification. Engage in open discussions, share experiences, and glean best practices from your colleagues. Together, we'll explore how to navigate the challenges posed by the latest FAFSA changes and effectively support our students and families.

Day Two: Empowering Financial Aid Professionals

On the second day, we delve into the challenges faced by financial aid professionals and explore strategies to elevate our profession. From addressing salary concerns to enhancing the perception of financial aid offices on campus, we'll collaborate on cultivating talent, overcoming staffing challenges, and empowering our staff for success. 

Non-members must Join/Renew their FASFAA Membership before completing the Registration Form.

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Monday, May 20, 2024 

 Time  Description  Location
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Director Summit Registration Open  TBD
  1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Welcome & Introductions TBD

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Opening Session 

Speaker: Gerald L. Hector, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, University of Central FloridaBio



 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

FAFSA Simplification:  Lessons Learned

The FAFSA Simplification initiative has significantly changed the financial aid landscape, impacting institutions, third-party servicer or software providers, students, and families. In this session, we delve into the lessons learned from the implementation of FAFSA Simplification in the 2024-25 application cycle.




3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Open Forum 

In the open forum we are prepared to explore navigating the transition, its impact on students and families, technology and tools, communication and outreach, and future considerations.



4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Business Partner Resources & Speed Session  TBD
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner On Your Own  It's your pick!
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Networking:  Unwind and connect with attendees!  FASFAA Hospitality Suite 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024  
Time Description Location
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Tackling the Struggle of Salaries and Compensation in the Financial Aid Profession

Financial aid professionals play a pivotal role in shaping students' educational journeys, yet they often face challenges related to salaries and compensation that can impact morale and retention. In this session, we address the pressing issue of salary disparity and explore strategies for advocating for fair compensation within the financial aid profession.




9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Reviewing Your Office Structure, Acquiring Talent, and Cultivating Your Staff to Overcome Staffing Challenges

Building and maintaining a skilled and motivated team is essential for the success of any financial aid office. However, recruiting and retaining talented staff members can present significant challenges in today's competitive job market. In this session, we delve into strategies for evaluating your office structure, attracting top talent, and nurturing a supportive and engaged workforce to overcome staffing challenges effectively.




10:30 AM - 10:45 AM



10:45 AM - 11:45 AM


Elevating the Perception of the Financial Aid Office on Your Campus

The financial aid office plays a vital role in supporting student success and fostering a positive campus environment. However, perceptions of the financial aid office can vary widely among students, faculty, and staff, impacting the office's effectiveness and influence. In this session, we explore strategies for enhancing the visibility, credibility, and reputation of the financial aid office within the broader campus community.




11:45 AM - 12:45 PM


12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

What’s Next in 2025-26? 

As we look ahead to the upcoming academic year, financial aid professionals need to stay informed and prepared for any changes or updates to the FAFSA application process. In this session, we explore what's on the horizon for the 2025-26 FAFSA application cycle, providing insights and guidance to help institutions navigate the evolving landscape of federal financial aid.




1:45 PM - 2:00 PM

Wrap-Up & Closing


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To ensure we can accommodate members, please register by the registration deadline: May 3, 2024.

If you have any questions or need any further information don't hesitate to get in touch with the FASFAA Director Summit Co-Chairs listed below:

Tierra Smith | Director of Financial Aid | Hillsborough Community College 

Brenda M. Brown Vice President of Campus Partnerships | College Aid Services, LLC   

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