2023 ILASFAA Annual Conference

Conference Dates:

March 13th - March 15th, 2023

Conference Location:

iHotel Illinois Conference Center
1900 South First Street

Champaign, IL


By now I hope all of you have been able to take advantage of some of the perks of being an ILASFAA member. Whether it was the fall remote conference programming, diversity round tables, or the FSA debriefing we have had several opportunities for you to get value from your ILASFAA membership. Today, I am inviting you to register for the upcoming 2023 annual conference March 13th to the 15th at the IHotel in Champaign, IL on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. Please come and mingle with fellow financial aid professionals and learn about the exciting and somewhat anxiety inducing changes to the financial aid world.

One major highlight of this year’s conference will be the discussion around transitioning to an institutional membership model from our current individual model. Because of this important topic, you will notice that there is not an ILASFAA membership fee being charged as part of the conference registration. If adopted, the institutional membership process would be an annual bill to the institution for a membership rate based on the institutions enrollment. This is the same model being used by MASFAA and NASFAA. That is why it is even more important that you attend the next conference to participate in the discussion of the future of our association.

I hope to see you all in March and we can share in our ILASFAA Perks together.

Tim Marten- ILASFAA President

Registration Overview

Early bird registration is now live and available until February 14, 2023. Attendees and Exhibitors have different registration fees. This year we are offering single day registration on Tuesday March 14th for individuals who can't attend the entire conference. Members should note that the conference registration fee does not include ILASFAA's annual membership. Membership fees will be collected in June 2023.

Attendee Registration

 Registration fees:

Option 1: Early Bird Rate - $225.00

(Register on or before 2/14/2023)

Option 2: Standard Rate - $240.00
   (Register on or after 2/15/2023)

Option 3: Single Day Rate - $150.00*
(Register on or after 2/15/2023)

*Single Day Rate is only for attending the conference on Tuesday, March 14th 2023

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Exhibitor Registration

Registration fees:

Option 1: Early Bird Rate - $900.00
   (Register on or before 2/14/2023)

Option 2: Standard Rate - $1,100.00
   (Register on or after 2/15/2023)


Payment must be received no later than March 13th, 2023

Click Here to Register for the Conference

The registration fee for the 2023 conference does not include an annual membership to ILASFAA. Membership fees will be collected in June.

Health and Safety Policy

Though there is no mask mandate in the state of Illinois or at the iHotel – masks are encouraged for everyone attending ILASFAA – even for those already fully vaccinated. In an effort to make attendees comfortable we are using a traffic light COVID comfort system.

Green light: comfortable with pre-COVID behavior (handshakes, high-fives, etc)

Yellow Light:  Being cautious (comfortable talking but not touching)

Red light: observing social distancing (keeping your distance)

Hotel Accommodation

Update: Due to high demand the I-Hotel is now fully booked for the conference. However, attendees can book a room at a nearby hotel. Below are a few hotel options within a few minutes of the conference center.

I-Hotel Reservation Details: (now fully booked)

Reservations can be made online via this iHotel direct booking link or call 1-217-819-5000 and use code 'ILASFAA2023' for the conference rate. Book your room by 02/10/2023 to lock in the conference rate!

  • Single Room Rate: $129.00/night
  • Double Room Rate: $149.00/night


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

Monday, March 13th

  • Lunch

    • California Club with Turkey & Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato

    • Cilantro Chicken with Monterey Jack and Chipotle Aioli

    • Veggie Dagwood

    • Served with Mixed Green Salad and Tuscan Rainbow Rotini Salad. Assorted Jumbo Cookies and Brownies. Coffee, ice tea and water provided

  • Afternoon Snacks

    • Chips with Salsa and Guacamole. Variety of soda provided.

Tuesday, March 14th

  • Breakfast

    • Scrambled eggs, bacon, seasoned home fries, french toast with hot maple syrup, seasonal fresh cut-fruit. Coffee, orange juice, apple juice and water provided

  • Lunch:

    • Grilled Chicken

    • BBQ Pulled Pork

    • Served with Mixed Green Salad and Pesto Pasta with Grilled Vegetables. Assorted Jumbo Cookies and Brownies. Coffee, ice tea and water provided

  • Snack:

    • Soft pretzel with variety of soda provided.

  • Dinner:

    • Eggplant Involtini

      • Served with Vegetable Couscous and Light Tomato Sauce

    • Parm and Panko Crusted Chicken

      • Served with Roasted Garlic Red Mashed Potato and seasonal sauteed vegetables with herbed olive oil.

    • Pork Tenderloin

      • Served with Roasted Garlic Red Mashed Potato and seasonal sauteed vegetables with herbed olive oil.

  • Cash Bar: Available during Tuesday night dinner and after dinner entertainment.

  • Dessert:

    • Sweets Table

Wednesday, March 15th

  • Breakfast:

    • Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage gravy and biscuits, season home fries, fresh fruit salad, breakfast pastries. Coffee, orange juice, apple juice and water provided.

  • Morning Break:

    •  Coffee and water provided

  • Lunch: Boxed Lunch

    • Pesto Chicken Salad Wrap

    • Smoked Turkey and Dilled Havarti with Cranberry Mayo

    • Asian Chicken Salad with Crispy Noodles

    • Fresh Bistro Lunch Salad.

Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda and Schedule are subject to change. Updates to the schedule and agenda will be shared here and on the Whova App.

Monday, March 13th

8:00am - 4:00pm  Registration Desk Open

8:00am - 1:00pm  Exhibitor Set-up

11:00am -12:00pm Lunch & President's Welcome

12:15pm -1:15pm Interest Sessions (1hr)

  • New Member Session

  • Customer Service

  • The Value of Transparency & Choice

  • Overview of New ISAC Programs

  • What does Institutional Membership Mean

1:30pm - 2:00pm Vendor Speed Dating Introductions

2:00pm - 2:30pm Break & Vendor Time

2:45pm - 3:45pm General Session MASFAA Update

4:00pm - 5:00pm Sector Meetings

  • Community Colleges

  • Senior Public Institutions

  • Private Colleges

  • Health Professionals & Graduate/Professional

  • Exhibitors

5:00pm Dinner on your own

5:00 - 6:30pm ISAC Networking Event for Employers/ISACorps members

Tuesday, March 14th

7:45am - 8:45am Breakfast

8:00am - 12:00pm Registration Desk Open

9:00am - 6:00pm Exhibit Area Open

9:00am - 10:15am Keynote Speaker- "Ignite Your Team: Fired up to Follow" Leadership

10:15am -10:45am Break & Vendor Time

10:45am -11:45pm General Session: ISAC Update

12:00pm -1:15pm Lunch & Business Meeting

1:15pm - 2:15pm Interest Sessions (1hr)

  • Blue Icon- That was Due When? The Importance of an Operational Calendar

  • Conquering those Challenging Conversations

  • Cybersecurity by ISAC

  • REFI v. Consolidation: The Quiet Revolution

  • The New PSLF Regulations: What They Mean for You!

2:30pm - 3:30pm Interest Sessions (1hr)

  • Blue Icon- Mistakes You're Making with Your Policies and Procedures

  • ILASFAA Legislative Toolkit

  • IDAV

  • Gen Z: It's a Vibe

  • Developing a Proactive Financial Wellness Plan for Prospective and Incoming Graduate Students

3:45pm -4:15pm Break & Vendor Time

4:30pm -5:30pm System Meetings

  • Campus Solutions/PeopleSoft

  • Banner

  • Colleague

  • Homegrown

  • CAMS Enterprise

  • PowerFAIDS/Jenzabar

6:00pm -7:30pm Dinner and Awards: Tim's Final Remarks

7:30pm -9:30pm Entertainment, Cash Bar, Bags Tournament and Dessert Bar

Wednesday, March 15th

7:45am - 8:45am Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am Registration Desk Open

9:00am - 3:00pm Exhibit Area Open

8:00am -9:30am General Session: NASFAA- The New FAFSA (Virtual)

9:45am - 10:45am Interest Sessions (1 hr)

  • GAP Access Overview

  • Know Before You Owe Private Education Loan Act

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: Achieve Team Success by Understanding the Causes of Organizational Politics and Avoid its Pitfalls

  • Preparing for Federal Loan Repayments to Resume: What you and Your Students Need to know

10:45am -11:15am Break & Vendor Time

11:30am -12:30pm Interest Sessions

  • Ask an ISAC Member Panel (Open Q&A)

  • Illinois First-Gen Scholars Network

  • Using Creative Learning Techniques for Presentations

  • ILASFAA Perks

  • Ability to Benefit (AtB)- The Illinois State- Defined Process

12:45pm -1:30pm Grab & Go Lunch (boxed)

  • Passing the Gavel

  • Sneak Peak to ILASFAA 2024 Conference

More Information Coming Soon!