President's Welcome



Pre-Conference Workshop





Dear FASFAA members,

We are delighted to serve as Conference Co-Chairs for the 2017 FASFAA Conference! This year the conference will be held May 30 -June 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, FL. 

Nathan Basford, 2017 FASFAA Conference 

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 2017 Annual Conference will begin on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and conclude on Friday, June 2, 2017.

On behalf of the 2016-17 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”.


Joan Bailey

2016-17 FASFAA President


Pre-Conference Workshop



Hyatt Regency Orlando

9801 International Drive
Orlando, Florida, USA, 32819



  • 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

  • Click here to cast your vote!

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


Community Service Project



Local Arrangements

Exhibitor Information

Conference Support Recognition


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:
  •  Nathan Basford
Registration Chair:
  •  Brian Casey
Program Chair:
  •  Kamia Mwango
Site Selection Chair:
  • Tracy Misner
Electronic Services Chair:
  • Christina Acosta-Heritage
Membership Chair:
  • Merrian King
FASFAA President:
  • Ryan McNamara 
FASFAA President-Elect:
  • Joan Bailey
FASFAA Treasurer:
  • Gail Rogers
FASFAA Bookkeeper:
  • Gwyn Francis



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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