New Orleans. A city of extremes. Billion dollar skyscrapers stand next to 100+ year old buildings. The Mississippi river ambles next to streets where taxi cabs zip through traffic like the next thrill ride at Disney World. And at the NASFAA conference, bright-eyed “new” financial aid staff sit next to others who have seen years of regulatory changes.

But one thing was ever-present: passion.

Just as the people of New Orleans are passionate about their city, the food and their traditions, the passion for our profession, our students and each other was overflowing. Not even the daily rain shower could slow us down.


From the opening remarks by keynote speaker Hill Harper – yes, the CSI guy and humanitarian – to closing remarks from NASFAA President and CEO Justin Draeger, the theme was passion and commitment. There were lots of update sessions, forums, a debate and great support from vendors. Even a parade!


Yes, to start NASFAA’s 50th Anniversary, there was a parade from the conference hotel to the French Quarter, complete with two bands, beads, and our banner! The celebration will culminate at the 2016 conference in Washington DC. In the meantime, check out the NASFAA web site for activities happening over the next year, as well as lots of pics from this year’s conference.


Everyone left the conference inspired and armed with the power to continue our passion every day. Thanks to all for a great conference. Can’t wait to see everyone next year!


Michelle Massey, Association News Committee Member, Wyoming

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