CAFAA Royale Wrap Up – submitted by Michael Amaloo


CAFAA Royale went off this year with a bang!

Over 160 individuals came together in Black Hawk, Colorado to learn, gather, and share information. They also experienced a very different kind of CAFAA Conference. Sessions began earlier this year with a meeting that discussed the potential future of financial aid here in Colorado and the potential roadblocks that we might face as administrators in the future. Another first for CAFAA was a neo-phyte track of sessions that covered student eligibility, verification, awarding, and hand calculations. In addition, the CAFAA Conference was an all inclusive conference with each meal covered.

The traditions of CAFAA continued with a very spirited group of sector meetings, a grand gathering for our annual awards, and sessions that brought to light many new aspects of our financial aid regulations. In addition, the conference was supported this year by a fantastic group of exhibitors that met with our association throughout the three day event. CitiBank Student Loans, CollegeInvest, FATV, Higher One, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Nelnet, Sallie Mae, SunTrust Educational Resources, USA Funds, US Bank, and Wells Fargo – thank you one and all!

As for our attendees, what a group! From experienced aid administrators to the record number of first-time attendees, the conference committee thanks you for your partici-pation in our event. Our mix of attendees made for many energetic discussions during the offered sessions and breaks. And the feedback given by all attendees on the survey will be reviewed and the conference improved for future years. Again, thank you all!

CAFAA Royale contained the action packed energy and subtle humor you have come to expect in a Spaulding… Thad Spaulding movie. It looks like the critics have given this gem a 4 ½ star rating.

The RRCC Tribune said, “…many plot twists and a very unexpected ending…”

From the ACC Gazette, “Spaulding has risen to cult status and this event will go down in CAFAA lore!”

“It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time,” said the DU Post

The Heritage Journal said, “…loved the new directions that came from this interesting play on human events. We are ready for more…”

25 thoughts on “CAFAA Royale Wrap Up – submitted by Michael Amaloo

  1. Thad

    HILL-arious! Thanks Michael…everyone knows it was you and your committee that put in the hard work to pull this thing off. Just wait and see what Karla and Linda have up their sleeves for the CAFAA 2011 conference….ooooo….it is gonna be good!

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