The Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in Wisconsin’s postsecondary educational institutions.
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The WASFAA Blog contains updates from the WASFAA President, highlights committee activities and member profiles, and provides articles written by members and guests.
If an early spring brings lots of April showers, not to worry; “WASFAA’s Got You Covered”. We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming 2015 Spring WASFAA Conference that will be held April 8th – 10th at the lovely Osthoff Resort, located in beautiful Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
You can register for the full conference, one day only, or the conference plus your annual membership fee. Payment can be made either electronically or by check.
- Registration to attend the full conference
- For members registering for full conference plus annual membership fee $155
The Osthoff Resort has guaranteed WASFAA members the state rate for a variety of room options, one bedroom suite ($70 for single occupancy, $90 double), two bedroom Woodland Suite ($100), and Two bedroom Corner Lakeside Premier ($140). You can make reservations online by visiting the Group Reservations Page - Use GWASFAA for Group ID and then Student for the password or by calling (800) 876-3399 and pressing prompt #1; indicate you are with Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to make your reservation. The Osthoff Resort is offering WASFAA members a 20% discount for any Aspira Spa Services. Be sure to take advantage of this great deal for some well-deserved rest and relaxation! Spa reservations can be made at http://www.osthoff.com/spa
The Conference Committee has been working hard to plan a great conference. A tentative agenda is now available, along with other important conference information, is available on the WASFAA website.
We are pleased to have Aaron Davis return to WASFAA on Thursday, April 9th as our Keynote Speaker. Aaron will share his insights on how to develop a Championship Team. The Federal Update is planned for Wednesday, April 8th, WASFAA will recognize its award recipients over lunch on Thursday, April 9th and a State of our State address is planned for Friday, April 10th.
Some of the interest session topics include: Audits, Gainful Employment, R2T4, College Readiness, Compliance, Policies and Procedures, One on One with a Fed, College Costs, DVR, Financial Challenges for Today’s Young Adult, Federal Work Study, FERPA, Peer to Peer mentoring for Financial Literacy, Identity Theft, Leadership, Study Abroad, SULA, Veterans Benefits, Loan Repayment and HEAB Basics….just to name a few!!!
Additionally this year we will be offering a few Business Solution Sessions; where five of our vendors will be able to present some of their business solutions during a 20 minute session.
Make sure to visit the webpage for updates as the conference approaches!! Look for the final agenda, with session descriptions in March.
The conference will kick off a bit earlier this year, Wednesday, April 8th 2015 at 11:15am, with Users Group Meetings.
We invite all new members to attend the “New Member Gathering: Welcome to WASFAA” session, on Wednesday, April 8th at 11:15am – 12:00pm, held by the Membership Committee. During this session you will learn more about WASFAA including the benefits of WASFAA membership and ways to become involved in the Association. By attending the session you will also be able to enter a drawing to win a prize!
On the evening of Wednesday, April 8th dinner will be on your own. However, the Conference and Membership committees are organizing group dinners that night to allow WASFAA members a chance to meet their WASFAA colleagues in a smaller group setting. Dinner reservations will be made at local restaurants with approximately twenty-five diners at each location. Each location will have a WASFAA member who will help facilitate introductions and conversations at dinner.
This is where you come in!!! You may indicate on your conference registration if you would like to participate in this event. If you indicate yes you will be sent an email listing the restaurant choices and you will have the opportunity to indicate your top choice. Once the diner limit has been reached at a location that restaurant will be removed from the list of restaurants choices.
A fun and exciting networking activity is being planned as the evening activity for Thursday, April 9th. Be sure to say YES you want to participate in the WASFAA Scavenger Hunt! You won't want to miss it!
Many of us work with homeless students that have come to us through your local high school’s McKinney-Vento program. We are pleased that our charity for the conference is the Sheboygan Area School District Homeless program. They provide homeless children and youth equal access to educational programs by providing much needed items such as school supplies, winter clothing, and transportation. John Mees, the Homeless Support Staff for the Sheboygan Area School District, indicated that next to transportation costs, coats and boots are the items they are in most need of. In addition to donated items for the raffle we will be collecting winter clothing items (new or gently used) that will be donated for the program. Check out those winter clearance racks now!
As you now see you’ll want to be sure to save the date and plan to attend the WASFAA 2015 Spring Conference!!
See you in April!!!
Your WASFAA 2015 Spring Conference Committee:
Dora Del Toro-Herrera, Jill Gosse, Linda Loeffel, Mike Prasher, Scott Siegenthaler, Vicky Somers, Kate Sopha, Patty Taylor, Blake Taylor, Paul Watson, Concepta Williamson, Dave Woodward and Emily Ysebaert