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Financial aid sessions

Please note that sessions and speakers are being added as they are confirmed.

Expanding Opportunity: Using Research to Enhance Financial Literacy
Financial aid offer letters provide families with a gateway to higher education. After years of refinement, why do many families still struggle to understand them? How does this confusion differ among various types of families, and what are its effects? A recent national survey of more than 2,000 students, parents and aid experts provides consumer perceptions about what, precisely, makes offer letters unclear and why. Drawing upon expertise from a variety of institutional types, this session will facilitate a discussion about the research and provide important observations as to how enrollment professionals can help institutions and families by enhancing financial literacy.
Scott Andrew Schulz, Baldwin Wallace University (OH)
Rachelle Hernandez, THe University of Texas at Austin
Stefanie Niles, Ohio Wesleyan University
Carlo Salerno, CampusLogic (AZ)

How America Pays for College
This year has been like no other. Join the discussion of findings of “How America Pays for College 2021” - Sallie Mae’s national research study. We’ll explore what, if anything, has changed in the college experience, in how families value college education, how they approached covering education costs through the pandemic year and the resources families continue to rely on to make higher education achievable.
Anthony Lombardi, Sallie Mae (DE)
Thalassa Naylor, Sallie Mae (DE)

We’re All Winners Here: How Regional Tuition Reciprocity Programs help Students, Institutions, and States Achieve their Goals
The four regional education compacts in the US administer regional tuition reciprocity programs – the Midwestern Higher Education Compact’s (MHEC) Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), the New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) RSP Tuition Break, the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) Academic Common Market (ACM), and the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education’s (WICHE) Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Get the details on these programs and learn how they save students and families thousands of dollars per year in tuition savings, help colleges and universities attract and retain out-of-state students, and foster program sharing and cost savings for the participating states.
Margo Colalancia, WICHE (CO)
Wendy Lindsay, New England Board of Higher Education (MA)

Shifting Nature of Financial Aid Awarding
Price sensitivity is becoming a bigger factor in college selection choices. The formulas that underpin “need-based” aid are seeing increased scrutiny. Many colleges and universities are taking fresh looks at how best to allot their own financial aid resources. Three different institutions will share some of their own initiatives, and will lead a conversation focused on the important questions of “why” and “how”. The panelists, from both sides of the desk, will examine this shifting landscape of financial aid, so that counselors can best advise families about options and approaches.
Matt Malatesta, Union College (NY)
Kelly Richards, St. George's School (RI)
Mark Hatch, Colorado College
Yvonne Romero da Silva, Rice University (TX)

Restoring Hope for Stop Outs: Utilizing Debt Forgiveness to Boost Returning Student Enrollment
The Warrior Way Back program at Wayne State University (WSU) established an innovative, first-in-the-nation debt forgiveness pathway that allows students to “learn” their way out of a past due institutional balance. As high school graduation rates decline, admissions and enrollment professionals are pressed to increase enrollment and retain students. To eliminate the "transcript as hostage model”, WSU pioneered a solution for students to re-enroll and reestablish a path to graduation while creating community goodwill and a positive return on investment. Join us to learn how your institution can create a similar program that benefits the entire institution - student ecosystem!
Amanda E. Rosales, Wayne State University (MI)
Dawn Medley, Stony Brook University (NY)

Tuition Pricing and Discounting in the Age of COVID-19
External forces continue to influence decisions regarding tuition pricing and discounting at private, non-profit, four-year institutions. These institutions are facing another external force, COVID-19, that have changed their policies and practices related to price setting and discounting. This session will include a presentation and discussion of the decision-making factors, institutional goals, and outcomes as they relate to pricing strategies, including tuition resets, and discounting leading up to COVID-19. Panelists will also share how their pricing and discounting structure is changing in light of COVID-19 and the varied responses institutions have taken towards these strategies in the current and future academic years.
Dr. Karen Vahey, New York Insitute of Technology
Kathleen Davis, St. Louis University (MO)
Dr. Jeffrey Gates, Utica College (NY)