2022 ILASFAA Annual Conference (Hybrid Event)

ILASFAA 2022 Conference

Conference Dates:

April 4th – Virtual Kick-Off

April 6th & 7th  (Virtual or in-person)

Conference Location

(in-person registrants only):

iHotel Illinois Conference Center
1900 South First Street

Champaign, IL

Attendee Registration

Conference Registration fees:

Registration fee includes annual membership for 2022-23

Option 1: Virtual Only Conference - $200.00

(Registration closes on 4/07/22)

Option 2: Early Bird Hybrid Conference - $275.00
   (Register on or before 2/25/22)

Option 3: Regular Hybrid Conference - $290.00
   (Registration closes on 3/25/22)

Exhibitor Registration

Conference Registration fees:

*One representative will receive complimentary conference registration and membership fee.

*Option 1: Early Bird Rate- $1,200.00
   (Register on or before 2/25/22)

*Option 2: Standard Rate - $1,500.00
   (Register on or before 2/25/22)

Option 3: Virtual Sponsorship (non-attendee) - $750

Payment must be received no later than March 18, 2022

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AnchorCOVID-19 Policy

Though there is no mask mandate in the state of Illinois or at the iHotel – masks  are strongly encouraged for everyone attending ILASFAA – even for those already fully vaccinated.

To help encourage mask wearing, extra disposable masks will be available to those who need one.

Hotel Accomodations

Reservations can be made online via this iHotel direct booking link or call 1-217-819-5000 and use code 'ILASFAA2022' for the conference rate. Book your room by 3/11/2022 to lock in the conference rate!

Conference room rates are:

  • Single occupancy $129/night

  • Double occupancy $139/night

*Note: The deadline for reservations for the iHotel conference rate has ended but nearby hotel accommodations are still available.

Nearby Hotel Accommodations:


2013 S. Neil St.

Champaign, IL  61820


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Hilton Garden Inn

1501 S. Neil St.

Champaign, IL 61820


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Homewood Suites

1417 S. Neil St.

Champaign, IL  61820


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Those attending the conference in person at the iHotel will be enjoying the following tasty foods!

Wednesday 4/6/2022

  • Continental Breakfast 

    • Juices, Coffee, Hot Tea, Assorted Pastries, Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tray

  • Lunch –Soup, Salad & Sandwich Buffet 

    • Broccoli & Cheddar or Roasted Tomato-Basil Soup, Chicken Salad Veronique, Black Forest Ham & Swiss or Roast Beef Sandwich, 2 Salad options, Cookies & Brownies, Coffee, Tea & Water

  • Snack break with vendors 

    • Chips, Salsa, Queso and Guac, Assorted Soda/Bottled Water 

  • Dinner -  Heartland Buffet 

    • Mixed Greens Salad, Fried Chicken or Herb-Roasted Sliced Pork Loin, Rosemary Red Bliss Potatoes, Green Beans with Shallots & Whole Button Mushrooms,  Assorted Breads & Rolls, Iced Tea, Iced Water, Coffee, Hot Tea and Cash Bar

Thursday 4/7/2022

  • Breakfast -  Executive Breakfast Buffet 

    • Santa Fe Scramble with Ham, Sausage Links, Seasoned Home Fries, French Toast, Seasonal Fresh Cut Fruit, Coffee, Tea, Juice 

  • Coffee break with vendors 

  • Lunch – The Pranzo Buffet 

    • Caesar Salad, Linguini & Cheese Tortellini Pasta, Alfredo & Bolognese Sauces, Garlic Bread, Jumbo Cookies and Brownies for Dessert, Iced Tea & Water


After dinner and celebrating all our ILASFAA Award recipients, join ILASFAA Colleagues for an evening of networking and fun!

We will be playing outdoor yard games: Yard Dice, Giant Jenga, Ball Toss & having a fun, yet semi-competitive, Bag Toss Tournament. 

Speaker List

For a list of the 2022 Conference speaker list, click here.

Conference Agenda

View a snapshot of the conference agenda below. Click the button below to view our interactive agenda including a detailed breakdown of sessions and attend sessions virtually.

  Conference Agenda

Monday (Virtual Day)

8:50-9:00 AM 

 Warm Welcome/Introduction to the Conference: Kelly Owens

9:00-10:30 AM 

 Awarding Title IV Aid for Summer, Intersessions, and Modules: Effie Barnett, (ED).

10:30-12:00 PM 

 NASFAA Credential: Return of Title IV Aid: Tim Marten

10:30-11:15 AM     

 Interest Session: VA/IDVA Update: Dan Wellman

11:15-12:00 AM

 Interest Session:  Ask an ISAC Member: Kim Eck, Carol Cook

12:00-1:00 PM 

 Establishing Your Personal Brand as a New or Aspiring Director: Tony Erwin, Blue Icon Advisors

1:00-2:00 PM 

 Resolving C-Flags: Effie Barnett, (ED).

2:00-3:00 PM 

 NASFAA Update: Karen McCarthy

3:00-4:00 P

 ISAC Update: Eric Zarnikow, Carol Cook

4:00-4:10 PM 

 Introduction to Conference: Michelle Wortel

Tuesday (Travel Day)

4:00-6:00 PM     

  Registration Desk Opens at the I Hotel  

Wednesday (Hybrid Day)

8:00-12:00 PM    

   Registration Desk Opens

9:00-6:00 PM 

   Exhibit Area Open

9:00-9:50 AM

   President’s Welcome and Breakfast: Michelle Wortell


   Vendor Introductions: Vendors

10:30-11:30 AM       

   Keynote Speaker: Curtis Hill

11:30-12:00 PM

   Break: Snacks with Vendors

12:00-1:30 PM 

   NASFAA Credential: Professional Judgment: Nathan Eaton

12:00-12:45 PM    

 Interest Sessions

  • VA/IDVA Update: Repeat Dan Wellman

  • Federal and Private Loan Repayment Update: Christina Rose

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Illinois (Virtual): Brian Durham, Eric Zarnikow, Ginger Ostro

  • Top ISAC Audit Findings: Kim Eck

12:50-1:35 PM 

Interest Sessions

  • How to be an Antiracist (Part 1): Jose Perales, Elizabeth Ortiz (E.D)

  • Building and Managing Credit: Deb Gossman

  • All About MAP (Conflicting Info/Appropriate documentation/Eligibility): Tania Mendoza

  • Office Structure Roundtable: Heidi Schmidt, Mesha Garner, Michelle Trame, Dustin Zimmerman

  • College Confidence (What America Knows About Paying for College): Heather Gaumer

1:35-2:00 PM 


2:00-3:00 PM   

  General Session: (Advocacy and You): Rachel Gentry, Dept. of Ed.

3:05-3:50 PM  

Interest Sessions

  • How to be an Antiracist (Part 2): Jose Perales, Elizabeth Ortiz (E.D)

  • Understanding Tax Filing Status and 2020 Tax code: Kelli Gibbons

  • The Value of Transparency and Choice: Aid Offers & Lender Lists: Heather Gaumer

  • Supporting Undocumented Students and DACA: Tania Mendoza, Sara Espinosa

  • New things in the World of Special Circumstances: Janet Haynes, Bethany Camien Onwodi, Bambi Roy

3:50- 4:20 PM

   Break- Vendor Time

4:50-5:05 PM  

Interest Sessions

  • Building Resilience (Strengthen your inner resolve and ability to bounce back better than ever regardless of circumstances): Christina Rose

  • Budgeting: Deb Gossman

  • ISAC Programs Overview: Tom Semanic

  • New Members Reception: Membership Committee

5:30-7:30 PM  

   Dinner & Awards

7:30-9:30 PM      


Thursday (Hybrid Day)

8:00-9:00 AM

 Registration Desk Opens

8:00-3:00 PM

 Exhibit Area Opens

8:00-9:00 AM


8:30-9:00 AM

 General Session (MASFAA Update): Craig Alan Slaughter

9:05-9:50 PM 

Interest Sessions

  • Fostering Partnerships with Community-Based Organizations: Daniel Matamoros

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Limited Waiver: Meghan Chrum

  • Policy Changes Impacting Graduate and Professional Students (AccessLex): Nancy Conneely, Theresa Popp Braun

  • Professional Judgement and Bias: Tim Marten

9:55-10:55 AM

Sector Meetings

  • Community Colleges

  • Senior Public Institutions

  • Private Colleges

  • Graduate/Professional

  • Health Professions

  • Proprietary Colleges

  • Exhibitors

10:55-11:15 AM    

  Break: Coffee with Vendors

11:15-12:30 AM        

General Session (Top Ask Regs Questions (Virtual): Dana Kelly, Dept. of Ed.

12:30-2:15 PM   

 Lunch and Business Meeting


For exhibitor questions or requests please contact Greg Putra at gputra@kish.edu

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Cancellation Policy

Refunds will only be provided if extenuating circumstances apply. Please contact ILASFAA Executive Vice President, Kelly Owens at  keowens@elgin.edu for cancellation requests.