Our conference theme honors why we do what we do and the students we serve. 

Thank you to Cheyenne Spade,  the student who designed our 2024 logo, she won a $500 scholarship for her winning design. 

Registration is closed  (closed on 4/1/2024 - contact Debbie Murphy with any questions)  

Conference Registration Fee $155   |    Single Day Registration Fee $100  

Courses (Agenda) Schedule - updated 4.3.2024

Course Catalog - details, details, details! (updated 4.8.2024)

General Sessions include:

  • Keynote address from Brittany Meoska that will nurture your mind
  • An Inside the Beltway Update from NASFAA's Justin Draeger
  • Important updates from HEAB, Coalition on Student Debt, College Goal Wisconsin, MASFAA and an update from WASFAA's Advocacy & Legislative Initiatives Committee
  • And an entire session dedicated to hot topics like FAFSA Simplification where we all share ideas and have valuable take aways to help us in the upcoming year 

Study Notes (Presentations)

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Giving Back  (Charitable Giving)

The Wisconsin Foster Closet, Menasha Community Clothes Closet, is the beneficiary of our charitable giving efforts during the 2024 WASFAA Annual Conference.

Donations to the silent auction are needed and greatly appreciated. If you have a gift basket or silent auction item to contribute please email Matt Lehmann directly. 

You can support the charity in a number of ways:

  • Bid on the silent auction items. 
  • Hope you ordered your limited edition t-shirt -- the proceeds from shirt sales are going to the Menasha Community Clothes Closet.  

  • Buy additional BINGO cards during our white elephant bingo night. What is white elephant Bingo?  Search your closet, garage, junk drawer and Christmas party re-gifts and bring them to the conference to place on the “prize table” with a chance to win these treasured “prizes” from the deepest, darkest, and most forgotten about parts of your colleagues’ closet, attic or garage. Already cleaned out your treasure stash?? No worries, there will be plenty of “prizes” for everyone. Just come join the fun!

Meal Plan (Menu and a night on the town)

Conference registration to include:
  • Wednesday plated lunch - Beef Sirloin Tips or Manicotti
  • Wednesday dinner buffet - Tacos!! 
  • Thursday breakfast buffet - Eggs, sausage, french toast and whole fruit 
  • Thursday lunch buffet - Pastas, meats, breadsticks and salad
  • Friday breakfast buffet - Eggs, sausage, potatoes, whole fruit and assorted muffins

Sign-Up to join WASFAA colleagues for coordinated small group dinners, led by your RA,  for a night on the town Thursday, April 11th . Note: registration for this meal is separate from the conference registration and the cost is not covered by WASFAA.

Packing List (What to wear, etc.) 

On Wednesday, April 10th, we encourage you to sport logo wear or school colors from a college you attended, show your college spirit!

On Thursday, April 11th you may want to dress up if you are having a professional headshot taken. 

On Friday, April 12th wear your  WASFAA 2024 Conference T-Shirt, for the class of 2024 pic!

Business casual, school, or WASFAA logo wear is always acceptable!

Housing and Parking Conference Location & Hotel 

Hilton Appleton Paper Valley | 333 W College Ave. Appleton WI

WASFAA is excited to return to the Hilton on College Ave, in the heart of downtown Appleton.

Reserve your room online or by calling 1.800.774.1500. When calling ask for the Hilton Appleton Paper Valley hotel under the WASFAA 2024 block. Be sure to indicate you are attending WASFAA 2024 to get our state room rates.

Tuesday – Thursday nightly rates are:     

Single Occupancy $98/night

Triple Occupancy $129/night

Double Occupancy $119/night

Quad Occupancy $139/night

Deadline to reserve rooms in the block is March 19, 2024.  Due to multiple events taking place at the hotel, there is a possibility that the hotel will fill up, we encourage you to make a reservation now to guarantee “campus” housing.

Note: Parking for the conference is in a City of Appleton owned parking structure. Cost is $10/day. Parking garage is located at 134 S Superior Street. 


Our 2024 Vendor/Sponsor Partners are:

Ascendium Education Solutions - Debbie Murphy

Citizens One – Christina Rose

College Ave – Deb Gossman

College RaptorJeff Pierpont

CollegingKatie Mueller

EarnestKevin McNamara

ELM – Raina Chezem

InceptiaMike Lubben & Tim O’Donnell

ISL Education LendingDan Garrity

Monogram - Lisa Albers

PNC – Kim Jenkins

Sallie Mae – Jenny Chandler

ScholarNet – Lisa Valentine

SoFi – Matt Lehmann

Summit Credit Union – Penny Armagost

Conference Co-Chairs: 
Kelly Dunn, Northland College 
Debbie Murphy, Ascendium

Your RA's:

April Annechiarico (UWSP), Casey Lehmann (Nicolet College), Elizabeth Bloedow (UWGB), Emilee Minor (Ripon College),                        Jamie Borisch (Herzing University), Julie Curtis (MSOE), Katie Sprunger (Edgewood College), Keyimani Alford (Madison College),             Kim Pick (CVTC),  Linda Kinziger (Ripon College), Matt Lehmann (SoFi), Mike Prasher (DPI), Ryan Gebler (Lawrence University),                                     Tom Uecker (UWW),  Triena Bodart (MPTC)

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