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About this Conference

The Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals is the largest training program in the United States serving the financial aid community, and ultimately the students and families seeking an education beyond high school. The FSA Training Conference is not for government employees. It is training provided for financial aid professionals by the government for those institutions receiving Title IV funds.

Did You Know?

FSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Education and is the largest provider of college and career school student financial aid in the nation.

Each year, FSA provides billions in grants, loans, and work-study funds to help students pay for college or career school. In Fiscal Year 2018, FSA delivered more than $120 billion in aid to almost 13 million students at nearly 6,000 schools. FSA also manages and oversees a loan portfolio in excess of $1.4 trillion in outstanding loans, representing approximately 43 million borrowers.

World-wide annually, approximately 6,000 financial aid professionals attend this free training to learn more about federal regulations and new legislation passed by Congress, gain hands-on experience using the student loan data systems, interact with federal subject matter experts, and network with peers and colleagues to share industry best practices.

For detailed information about the FSA Training Conference, please use the menu at the top.

Who Should Attend

In 2018 more than 2,000 unique schools registered for the conference to include Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges. All 50 states were represented as well as the U.S. territories to include Guam, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 200 Foreign School officials attended from countries all over the world.

The Top Four Reasons Attendees Come to the FSA Training Conference Over Other Higher Education Conferences?
  • Training sessions
  • Direct access to federal staff
  • One on one time with subject matter experts
  • Cost/Value of the conference

First-Time Attendees

Congratulations on your first FSA Training Conference! You are about to venture into an exciting learning experience. Annually, more than 6,000 financial aid professionals gather to learn federal financial aid regulations, learn from each other, network, and laugh! Last year, 26 percent of our attendees were first-timers! Once you attend the FSA Training Conference, you'll want to come back because it's that good.

This conference will help you

  • keep abreast of new federal financial aid regulations and legislation
  • meet face-to-face with federal subject matter experts
  • enhance your knowledge, skill, and proficiency of financial aid
  • network and create new relationships with others
  • learn about new products and services

Meeting Other Attendees
The most valuable resources at the Conference are the people you meet!

The FSA Training Conference is truly an educational environment with people that like to network and share their knowledge! Sharing meals, chatting in between sessions, or connecting in the Resource Center are just a few ways of meeting other attendees. You'll meet new colleagues, gain new ideas and knowledge, and have plenty of new contacts to add to your address book!

Picking Interest Sessions
FSA strongly suggests you review session descriptions online before you attend the conference. The session list is usually online by September each year. While it is impossible to attend every session, a little planning beforehand can help you maximize your time. When you get to the conference, you'll receive a badge, program, and agenda. You can use your agenda as a scheduler by checking the box of the session you want to attend. The easiest way to do this is to read through the session list and pick at least one session in each time slot, then pick a back-up session in case the first session you wanted is full. Many times, popular sessions are repeated at different times or days. Refer to your conference program for session slot days and times for each session.

The FSA Training Conference is a unique professional learning opportunity that will provide you with an enhanced knowledge of financial aid that will empower you! Thanks for attending.

Foreign School Attendees

Bienvenido, Bienvenue, ברוכים הבאים, Benvenuto, Välkommen, Herzlich Willkommen

We encourage you to join your Foreign School colleagues at the 2019 FSA Annual Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals and attend sessions designed specifically for Foreign School officials. The Foreign School sessions address the unique challenges faced by Foreign School officials tasked with the administration of the Title IV, Federal Student Aid programs.

This is your opportunity to meet staff from the Multi-Regional and Foreign Schools Participation Division, and you can meet one-on-one with staff members and discuss in detail problems or issues you are experiencing with administering the Title IV, Federal Student Aid programs. This is also your opportunity to network with Foreign School colleagues you meet for the first time or reconnect with colleagues you met at previous conferences. Additionally, experienced staff from other Offices within FSA will be available to you in the Resource Center.

At the 2018 FSA Annual Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals more than 200 Foreign School officials attended from countries all over the world, including Antiqua, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Uganda.

This year, in response to your feedback, we will be offering a pre-conference day on Monday, December 2 just for foreign schools. This format will allow you to attend other sessions offered at the conference from December 3 – December 6.