Spring 2020 Conference

Spring 2020 Conference Chair - Sherlock McDougald

[email protected] 


Travel Information for Wilmington:

Please be aware that the North Carolina Azalea Festival will be April 1-5, 2020 in Wilmington, NC.  These dates include the weekend prior to the start of our Spring 2020 Conference.  Rachel Cavenaugh at Cape Fear Community College has provided us with information about street closures and arrival to the Embassy Suites for the conference from the CFCC Security Office.  The best way to travel is to come in to downtown Wilmington via MLK Street or Third Street to Front Street, Front to Brunswick, right on Brunswick to Nutt, left on Nutt to the Embassy Suites or the Convention Center.  We also want our members to be aware that there will most likely be no early check-in availability at the hotel on Saturday or Sunday due to the Azalea Festival.


April 5-8,2020

Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront

9 Estell Lee Place, Wilmington, NC 28401

Conference Registration Fee:  $225

2020 Spring Conference Registration
Tentative Agenda
Hotel Reservations

Hotel Information (the hotel deadline for the conference rate is March 5, 2020)

**Room block is filled for Saturday and Sunday nights.  Rooms may still be available but will be at the market rate.  There is the Best Western Coastline very close by where you can consider booking for those nights if you will be arriving those days**

Standard/Double Room:  $159.00

Riverview Studio/Suites $179.00

plus 7% State tax and 6% County Occupancy Tax per night

Guest Deposits - A deposit equal to 1st Night Room and Tax will be charged at the time a guest makes a room reservation, and upon check-in, will be applied towards the guest's bill.  Deposits made by guests are refundable if notice is received by Hotel at least 2 days prior to arrival and a cancellation number is obtained.  This is the hotel policy.

 Parking Information:

 Overnight Valet Parking- $22

 Overnight Self-Parking- $16


U.S. Department of Education Sessions Registration

Please register for the Federal Training Sessions at the NCASFAA Conference by clicking on this link


The U.S. Department of Education tracks attendance numbers and collects trainer evaluations.   They will also send out post-event trainer evaluations via email to registered participants.  Please take the time to register and complete the evaluations!

The federal sessions are as follows:

Verification 2020-2021

Pell Recalculation Issues

Federal Update


NASFAA University Courses

Administrative Capability - Sunday afternoon

Professional Judgement - Monday morning


Tentative General Sessions for the Spring Conference (updated March 9, 2020):

Role of Student Aid with Comprehensive Strategic Enrollment Management - Dr. James Kelley, NC Community College System Office

State of the State - Elizabeth McDuffie, NCSEAA

Washington Update - not yet confirmed

Federal Update - Pam Gilligan, US Department of Education


Tentative Concurrent Sessions for the Spring Conference (updated March 11 2020)

How to Survive a VA Audit - Jay Fitzgerald

NCSEAA Program Review Process and State Grant Updates - Cheryl Sauls/Kevin Lineberry

Graduate/Professional Town Hall - Cassandra Pettigrew/Aesha Greene

Financial Literacy - Amanda Buchanan/Shannon Jones

SULA - Knowing your MEPs from your REPs - Victoria Lenderman

Verification 2020-2021 - Pam Gilligan, US Department of Education

Military-Affiliated Services - Rachel Cavenaugh

Pell Recalculation Issues - Pam Gilligan, US Department of Education

NCAA Compliance - not confirmed

Successful Leadership in Financial Aid Administration - Dr. Wanda White/Dr. Joyce Valentine

NC Office of the State Auditor - Student Financial Aid 2020 Update - Chuck Dail

NASFAA Quiz Show (Top Ten Ask Regs) - Dana Kelly

Financial Aid Administrator...Tax Advisor, Where to Draw the Line? - Ron Adams

Customer Service and Business Etiquette - Bill Ayers/Lou Murray

Meet Minnie, FAB, Rameses, & Penny:  Chatbots reducing the burden on staff & assisting students 24/7 at UNC Greensboro, UNC Chapel Hill, Fayetteville Tech, and Wayne Community College - Lorinda Diehl, Dan Dreves, Amy Berrier, Erica Croni, Katherine Rettig

CFNC Spanish Services:  Free Resources Across NC - Dr. JuanEs Ramirez

SAP Best Practices Roundtable - Aminah Richburg/Crystal Ferguson

R2T4 Basics and Beyond - Dan Sanchez

Exploring Verification Options for Schools (CampusLogic, KHEAA, Financial Aid Services, Inceptia)

Using Professional Judgement - Lisa Koretoff and Cathy Shell

CoronaVirus and Financial Aid Contingency Planning:  Executing a Plan - Mike O'Grady and Amy Berrier

Sector Caucuses


More details for Spring Conference coming soon!


View the NCASFAA Conference Presentation Archives 

Upcoming Conference Sites - Mark your calendars!

  Fall 2019
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
Raleigh, NC
November 2-6, 2019
Spring 2020
Embassy Suites - Wilmington Riverfront & Wilmington Convention Center
Wilmington, NC
April 4-8, 2020