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Sunday, October 16

9:00AM - Noon Board Meeting


11:30AM Exhibit Area set up


12:30 - 2:30PM Professional Development -separate registration required Nautilus Ballroom

Unlock YOUR Leadership Potential: Discovering the Keys to Success

YOU have the ability to make a positive impact and influence others regardless of your role, title, or job! 

You will learn how to create a lasting and memorable experience for your students and their families. You’ll learn the leadership and service excellence skills required to create stronger relationships with your team and other employees across your organization. You will leave with a greater understanding of your personal values and strengths and the ways they can positively impact your organization.

Do not expect two hours of sitting and listening. This pre-conference will require you to actively reflect, engage and participate and you will be a better leader because of it. You can expect to walk away with tangible tools and exercises that you and the rest of your team can utilize to create a culture of leadership and success.


Instructor: Nick DeStefano, Chasing the Awesome Life

Moderator: Adam Ghiloni, TriCounty Technical College


2:00 - 4:00PM Registration Desk Open Prefunction Area


2:30 - 5:00PM  Silent Auction and Exhibit Area Open Prefunction Area


3:00 - 4:00PM Opening Session Nautilus Ballroom

Embracing the Suck


I’m getting paid what? To work how many hours?

The employee burnout struggle is all too real, and that was before COVID-19 came along and said, “watch this, hold my beer.” We all work long and strenuous hours and while the work is extremely rewarding it's also tiring. This session will help professionals develop proven strategies to embrace the suck and create a resilient mindset. As a recovering Student Affairs professional himself of 10+ years (said with love), Nick knows it’s essential that you take care of yourself. Avoiding burnout is not as simple as just “loving your job.” This keynote will challenge you to develop, reflect on, and practice ways that you can grow both personally and professionally regardless of position and pay! You’ll learn from and with Nick as you discover the power of embracing the suck and learning to love what’s not so awesome.


Presenter: Nick DeStefano, Chasing the Awesome Life

Moderator: Adam Ghiloni, TriCounty Technical College


4:15 - 5:30PM  Keynote Speaker / Business Meeting Nautilus Ballroom

Presiding: Missy Perry, SCASFAA President, Piedmont Technical College

Keynote Speaker:  Mike Fox,

SCASFAA Past President,

Fearless Nine Service to SCASFAA Award Recipient


6:00 - 6:30PM First time attendees Meet and Greet Sand Dollar

Hosted by Jernitha Smith, Member at Large


7:00 - 9:00PM  Reception (Heavy hors d'oeuvres) Loggia & Grande Lawn


Monday, October 17


7:00 - 9:00AM Breakfast (with coupon) Waterscapes


8:00AM - Noon Registration/Silent Auction/Exhibit Area Open Prefunction


8:30 - 9:30AM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Coral

Data Visualization: Ways to preset large amounts of data in easy, concise, and consumable ways

Financial Aid Administrators own, review, and disseminate vast amounts of data on a regular basis. Have you ever sent a data summary to campus leadership and received blank stares? I know I sure have! During this session we will discuss tangible ways to consider, outline, and display complex sets of data in easily understandable formats to people without data backgrounds and without financial aid backgrounds. Fancy (and expensive) tools can do this, but have no fear, we will only be using baseline excel functionality to help you, help your data, tell the story you need it to say.

         Presenter: Adam Ghiloni, TriCounty Technical College

         Moderator: Amy D’Arecca, Discover Student Loans

Session 2 Nautilus A


Unkown Bias


Each of us views the world through a lens shaped by our experiences and personal circumstances.  As a result, we can hold implicit bias that can lead to unintended consequences or manifest as unintentional microaggressions toward students and/or colleagues. When working with diverse student populations, it is vitally important to be aware of our implicit bias and strive to create a more inclusive environment. This session will touch on common microaggressions and stereotypes, the impact of these preconceptions, and how to better serve our student populations.

Presenter: Zachary Christian, South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission

Moderator: Shannon Jones, Inceptia

Session 3 Nautilus B

Mental Health 101


In this course we will begin to identify and break down stigma surrounding mental health, opening up conversations by providing a basic understanding of mental health, and helping participants understand an overview of common mental disorder diagnoses by learning signs, symptoms, risk factors, and basic intervention strategies for assisting others experiencing a mental health challenge.


Presenter: Kala Overhalt, Bow and Arrow

Moderator: Destra Capers, SC Student Loan Corporation

9:30 - 9:45AM Break - Visit Sponsors and Charity Booth


9:45 - 10:45AM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Nautilus A

Quality Service is not a Game of Chance

When meeting the needs of our students, the house is not the only one who wins. We will discuss attributes in offering service that increases the chances both you and the student win. Because situations and relations are different for each experience we cannot guarantee a win 100% of the time. But a well calculated strategy of how to meet the needs of your students each day does have +200 odds.

Presenter: Michael Morgan, Rhodes College, SASFAA President

Moderator: Terria Williams, Claflin College

Session 2 Nautilus B

Top Ask Regs Questions 

NASFAA's AskRegs service fields thousands of questions from aid administrators each year. This session takes a look at the top questions submitted over the last year, as well as those rated as most useful by the NASFAA membership. Find out what your colleagues are asking and if your practices align with NASFAA responses.

Presenter: Dana Kelly, NASFAA

Moderator: Ann Guevremont, NCASFAA President-elect

Session 3 Coral

Welcome to the Fishbowl!

(A Panel Discussion on Mistakes of Financial Aid Directors - and How to Avoid Them!)

The Financial Aid Office is responsible for navigating complex regulations, administering millions of dollars, and improving institutional benchmarks like access, enrollment, retention, and social mobility. Leading such an office can be a daunting task and mistakes, though inevitable, can be costly. This session features a panel of financial aid directors with varying levels of experience who discuss their experiences with and tips on avoiding common mistakes made by Financial Aid Directors.

Directors and those aspiring to be in a leadership role are encouraged to attend!


Facilitator: Dr. Samantha Hicks, Coastal Carolina University

Panelists: Carolyn Sparks, Wofford College

Kyle Wade, Spartanburg Methodist College

Joey Derrick, University of South Carolina - Columbia

Melanie Gillespie, TriCounty Technical College

Dr. James Kellam, Converse University

Elizabeth Milam, Clemson

Moderator: Chansone Durden, Earnest


11:00 - Noon Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Coral


The Value of Transparency and Choice



When making an enrollment decision, students and families aren't just concerned with cost and fit.  They are also looking for readily available information as well as transparency and simplicity in the college financing process. This session will focus on ways to represent financing options in the aid offer, review best practices on gap finance counseling and discuss the value of a preferred lender list. Attend this session to learn about new guidance and industry standards to improve your financial aid offers and gap counseling efforts.

Presenter: Kelly Savoie, Sallie Mae

Moderator: Carlette Jones, Technical College of the Lowcountry


Session 2    Sand Dollar


Escape Room

Need a Quiet minute in a quiet space?  Settle in to reset or recharge


Session 3      Nautilus A


Anxiety and Stress Management


Participants will explore and identify causes of anxiety and stress through self-reflective instructor led activities.  Anxiety and stress management application will be demonstrated along with practical tolls and strategies to help participants implement self-care techniques and coping strategies into their everyday lives.


Presenter: Kala Overhalt, Bow & Arrow

        Moderator: Amy Gerber, ScholarNet

Session 2 Nautilus B

Return to Repayment: The precautions and preparation

The pandemic continues and the CARES Act that has afforded some relief to all student loan borrowers by bringing them current and eliminating the need for payments has been extended through December 31, 2022. As the resume payment date draws closer, borrowers and schools will be dealing with a much different landscape of repayment than has been seen in past trends.

Understanding the ramifications of a mass resume date on student loan repayment can help you understand the impact it may have on your student borrowers and your school. In this express session, we will talk about the challenges this presents for students and schools along with recommendations on steps to take to ease the strain.

Presenter: Shannon Jones, Inceptia

Moderator: Jan Belton, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine




12:15 - 1:30PM Luncheon Nautilus Ballroom

Presiding: Missy Perry, SCASFAA President, Piedmont Technical College

NASFAA Update - Dana Kelly

SASFAA Update - Michael Morgan

1:30 - 1:45PM Break - Visit Sponsors and Charity Booth Prefunction


1:45 - 3:00PM General Session Nautilus Ballroom


Viva Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


We will look at Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and why it's a benefit and meaningful to us all.

Presenters: Holly Gilliam, USC -Columbia and Kala Hudson, Converse University

Moderator: Zachary Christian, South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission


3:00 - 5:00PM Silent Auction and Exhibit Area Open Prefunction

4:00 - 5:00PM Charity Event Off site

Come join us for Mini Golf with Friends and a Cause!  Travel with us to Captain Hook's Mini Golf in Myrtle Beach for 18 holes of fun with your SCASFAA friends. 

$20 registration fee goes 100% to Bow & Arrow Center for Hope.

5:30 - 6:30PM Vendor/Sponsor Social Reception Nautilus Ballroom

6:30PM   Dinner OYO or JAG*

*Join a Group led by one of our Fabulous Vendor/Sponsors

Tuesday, October 18



7:00 - 9:00AM Breakfast (with coupon) Waterscapes


8:00AM - Noon Registration/Silent Auction/Exhibit Area Open Prefunction


8:30 - 9:30AM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Nautilus A


Credit Scores and Results


Let’s discuss the nuances of Credit Scores and Credit Reports. Good for all students, parents,

staff, anyone who has or uses credit for purchases - not limited to just student loans.


Presenter: Rodney Walton, PNC Student Loan Center

Moderator: Ana Montjoy, College of Charleston


Session 2 Nautilus B


FAO as Allies: Understanding and Supporting the LGBTQIA+ Community


They say you never truly understand a person until you've walked a mile in their shoes. According to

surveys completed by the Association of American Universities, roughly 20% of LGBTQ+ college

students fear for their physical safety on-campus due to their gender identity or perceived sexual

orientation and/or gender identity. this session will provide information on how to better assist students

and/or their parents who identify as LGBTQIA+, anf walkl participants through the coming out process

and will promote an open and safe dialogue.


Presenters: Kala Hudson, Converse University

    Zachary Christian, South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission

Moderator: Katie Harrison, South Carolina Tuition Grants Commission


Session 3 Coral


Improving Retention and the Delivery of Financial Aid


Strategies to overcome the barriers of financial stress and become more active in your institution's retention efforts.


Presenter: Nicole Brownlow, Trident Technical College

Moderator: Dr. James Kellam, Converse University


9:30 - 9:45AM Break - Visit Sponsors and Charity Booth Prefunction


9:45 - 10:45AM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Nautilus A


FAFSA Simplification


The biggest changes to the FAFSA in history will be implemented in the 2024-25 application cycle - are you ready?  Explore the upcoming changes to the FAFSA, including direct data sharing with the IRS and a streamlined Federal methodology, and learn more about the latest updates on implementation and NASFAA's Student Aid Index Modeling Tool.


Presenter: Dana Kelly, NASFAA

Moderator: Patty Hix, Columbia International University


Session 2 Nautilus B


Working with Hybrid Teams: Adapt to the changes of working through virtual walls, using knowledge

and best practices


We will share knowledge, best practices, and some quick tips to support you in managing a hybrid team.

You'll be asked to reflect on your experiences this past year, so have a piece of paper to take down some notes.

Give yourself the next 30 minutes or so to focus on being a better manager for your team.

Presenter:   Concepta Williamson, Citizens Bank

Moderator: Bridget Blackwell, USC Regional Palmetto College

Session 3 Coral

Strategic Planning: Setting the Stage for the Long haul

Strategic Planning isn't just for the director.  The entire financial aid team is an integral part of planning the future of the aid office in conjunction with the institutional goals.  come hear how you can build your bench (directors), motivate and engage your team (all leaders), and how to make sure your financial aid office is going places!

This session is intended for those aspiring to be leaders, directors, and assistant directors.

Presenter: Melanie Gillespie, Tri-County Technical College

Moderator: Kathleen Roebuck, Cognition Financial 

11:00 - Noon Concurrent Sessions

Session 1 Nautilus A

Prepare for the Unexpected

Preparing for the unexpected is about how you prepare, communicate, and respond to sudden unplanned events.  When you strategically think about unexpecting happenings, you are preparing your mind in a positive way for the future.

Presenter: Ann Guevremont, NCASFAA President-elect

Moderator: Ashley Edens, College Raptor

Session 2 Coral

Escape Room


Need a Quiet minute in a quiet space? Settle in to reset or recharge

Session 3 Nautilus B

Setting Priorities: A No Fail Checklist for Directors


A panel discussion with opportunity for questions from attendees.


Facilitator: Jennifer Williams, Clemson University

Panelists: Dr. James Kellam, Converse University

Ken Bernard, Central Carolina Technical College

Katie Harrison, S C Tuition Grants Commission

Jan Belton, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

D. J. Simpson, College of Charleston 

Moderator: Kelly Savoie, Sallie Mae


12:15 - 2:15PM SCASFAA Awards and Recognition Luncheon Nautilus Ballroom

Presiding: Missy Perry, SCASFAA President, Piedmont Technical College


2:15 - 5:00PM Silent Auction and Exhibit Area Open Prefunction


2:30 - 3:30PM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Nautilus A

What Keeps You Up at Night?


Scholarship and residency regulations state that if an institution has failed to comply with program statutes or regulations, the Commission may "suspend, terminate, or place certain conditions upon the institution's continued participation in the program and require reimbursement for any funds lost or improperly awarded."  To prevent misawards at your institution, key areas in the state regulations will be covered along with "must dos," and tips for our "seasoned" and new state aid professionals.

 

Presenters:  Dr. Karen Woodfaulk, Director, Office of Student Affairs, SC CHE

Ms. Kathryn Harris, Program Manager, Office of Student Affairs, SC CHE

Ms. Tanya Weigold, Program Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs, SC CHE

Dr. Gerrick Hampton, Associate Director, Office of Student Affairs, SC CHE

Moderator: Dr. Samantha Hicks, Coastal Carolina University

Session 2 Nautilus B

Professional Judgement Best Practices

Professional Judgement (PJ) is sometimes viewed as one of the more challenging aspects of Title IV program administration.  there are both explicit and implicit guidelines that must be followed in relation to other aspects of Title IV federal student aid administration.  This session will explore guiding principles and best practices that can be applied on your campus.


Presenter: Dana Kelly, NASFAA

Moderator: Jernitha Smith, USC - Columbia

Session 3 Nautilus Ballroom


Reporting Structures and Their Influence on Financial Aid Operations

Financial Aid Offices can report through enrollment, finance, student affairs, or academic affairs.  Each of these have certain strengths and weaknesses, but we are all charged to execute the same mission for the college.  Join us for this roundtable discussion on different structures, how they influence the work you do, and open dialogue on how to maximize on your colleges reporting structure.

Presenter: Adam Ghiloni, Tri-County Technical College

Moderator: Holly Gilliam, USC - Columbia

3:30 - 3:45PM Break - Visit Sponsors and Charity Booth Prefunction


3:45 - 4:45PM Concurrent Sessions


Session 1 Nautilus A


Direct Loans: Fresh Start Roulette


Your guess is as good as mine, but together we can cover all the numbers.


Presenter: Nicole Brownlow, Trident Technical College

Moderator:   Marty Carney, Greenville Technical College


Session 2


Return to Repayment: The precautions and preparation

Moved to Monday, 11:00AM  Nautilus B


Presenter: Shannon Jones, Inceptia

Moderator: Jan Belton, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Session 3 Coral

Communicating Affordability to Prospective Students


This presentation will explore the importance of having up-to-date and useful online tools to help prospective students understand their personal costs, awards, and net price.  Attendees will see multiple approaches for communicating affordability, learn best practices for improving cost transparency, strategies for improving engagement rates, and ways to turn the federal NOC requirement into a meaningful tool.


Presenter: Ashley Edens, College Raptor

Moderator: Dana Quattlebaum, Benedict College

5:00PM Silent Auction Closes!!!


5:00 - 8:00PM Dinner on Your Own


8:00 - 10:00PM Music Trivia and Social with DJ Stix Nautilus Ballroom


Wednesday, October 19


7:30 - 9:00AM SCASFAA Buffet Breakfast (with coupon) Nautilus Ballroom


8:30AM Legislative Update Nautilus Ballroom

     State Updates



 Closing Business Meeting Nautilus Ballroom




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