2024 ILASFAA Annual Conference

Conference Dates:

March 4th - March 6th, 2024


Conference Location:

Double Tree by Hilton
10 Brickyard Dr.

Bloomington, IL


Buckle Up ILASFAA!

"If My Calculations Are Correct, When This Baby Hits 88 Miles Per Hour, You're Gonna See Some Serious FAFSAS" I am happy to share that this year the ILASFAA theme is Back to the Future, Pre-Pandemic vs. Post-Pandemic Today, I am inviting you to register for the upcoming 2024 annual conference March 4th to the 6th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, IL.


"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." This year’s highlights will be the discussion of all things FAFSA Simplification. Hopefully, we can all navigate these uncharted roads better together. Please come and mingle with your fellow financial aid professionals and learn about the exciting and ever-changing financial aid world.

Elyse Weller
ILASFAA President


Registration Overview


Early bird registration is now live and available until February 9, 2024. Attendees and Exhibitors have different registration fees. This year we are offering single day registration on Tuesday March 5th for individuals who can't attend the entire conference. Members should note that the conference registration fee does not include ILASFAA's annual Institutional membership. Membership fees will be collected in June 2024.

Conference payment should be paid in full before the first day of the conference. 


Attendee Registration

 Registration fees:


Option 1: Early Bird Rate - $225.00

(Register on or before 2/9/2024)


Option 2: Standard Rate - $240.00
   (Register on or after 2/10/2024)


Option 3: Single Day Rate - $150.00*

*Single Day Rate is only for attending the conference on Tuesday, March 5th, 2024


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Exhibitor Registration

Registration fees:


Option 1: Early Bird Rate - $900.00
   (Register on or before 2/9/2024)


Option 2: Standard Rate - $1,100.00
   (Register on or after 2/10/2024)

 

Payment must be received no later than March 4th, 2024




Click Here to Register for the Conference

The registration fee for the 2024 conference does not include an annual membership to ILASFAA. Membership fees will be collected in June.



Letter of Justification


The following link provides a "justification letter" template - a letter to your university explaining all of the benefits you'll get from attending the 2024 ILASFAA Annual Conference. The template will get you started while allowing you to customize it to your needs.  

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AnchorConference Scholarship


Each year, the ILASFAA Diversity and Inclusion Committee grant two conference scholarships to applicants. This scholarship supports the conference registration fee and hotel accommodations. Scholarship does not include transportation to/from/during conference, or meals on your own. The application deadline is February 1, 2024.   


Get Application

Conference Agenda


Some highlights for this year's conference include:

  • Pre-conference NASFAA Credential sessions on Professional Judgement and Cost of Attendance
  • ISAC will be offering many information sessions ranging from ISAC Programs, ISAC Program Reviews and other ISAC Updates
  • NASFAA CEO and President Justin Draeger will present remotely this year's Federal Update
  • We will offer many relevant FAFSA simplification sessions

Conference Agenda and Schedule are subject to change. Updates to the schedule and agenda will be shared here and on our conference app. 

View Agenda


Hotel Accommodation

Double Tree by Hilton Reservation Details: 

Reservations can be made online via this direct booking link for the conference rate. Book your room early to ensure availability.

  • Double Room Rate: $149.00/night

Meals


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

Monday, March 4th

Lunch: Soup, Salad, and Potato Bar Buffet

Snack:  Walking Tacos

*Dinner on your own. Please go to the bottom section to see a list of restaurants in the area


Tuesday, March 5th

Breakfast: No breakfast is provided as part of the conference.  Those staying at Double Tree Hotel have breakfast provided through the hotel.  Coffee will be available in the conference area.

Lunch:  Tex Mex Buffet (fajitas, tacos, salads, soup and sides)

Snack:  Popcorn Bar

Dinner:  Double Tree Delight Buffet (Vegetable Lasagna, Chicken Piccata, Southern Fried Chicken, a large assortment of sides, and Chef's choice of dessert)


Wednesday, March 6th

Breakfast: No breakfast is provided as part of the conference.  Those staying at Double Tree Hotel have breakfast provided through the hotel.  Coffee will be available in the conference area.

Lunch: Build your Own Boxed Lunch (choice of roasted red pepper hummus wrap with fresh spinach, avocado, roma tomato, and feta cheese -or- turkey and ham with hickory smoked bacon and swiss cheese on a croissant). Sides include fresh fruit, assorted chips, chef's choice of salad, and cookies.


Restaurants in the Area


Barrel House (attached to the hotel): https://www.barrelhousepub.com/bloomington

Panera (located just across the parking lot from the hotel): https://www.panerabread.com/en-us/cafe/locations/il/bloomington/1401-south-veterans-parkway

Ancho and Agave (10 minute drive from hotel): https://www.anchoandagave.com/

Biaggi’s (10 minute drive from hotel): https://biaggis.com/locations/illinois-bloomington/

DESTIHL Restaurant and Brew Works (10 minute drive from hotel): https://destihl.com/restaurant

DESTIHL Brewery and Beer Hall (15 minute drive from hotel): https://destihl.com/brewery-%26-beer-hall

Medici (13 minute drive from hotel): https://www.medicinormal.com/

Outback Steakhouse (8 minute drive from hotel) : https://locations.outback.com/illinois/bloomington/1637-e-empire-st.

Red Lobster (4 minute drive from hotel) : https://www.redlobster.com/seafood-restaurants/locations/il/bloomington/714-eldorado-road/

Texas Roadhouse (8 minute drive from hotel): https://www.texasroadhouse.com/locations/bloomington-il


Health and Safety Policy


Though there is no mask mandate in the state of Illinois or at the Double Tree, attendees are welcome to wear masks but are not required.

Cancellation Policy:   February 9th is the last date to cancel conference registration and receive a full refund. Any cancelations after that date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and registrants may still be responsible for part or all of the conference registration fee based on contractual commitments already made to the conference center for costs related to the number of attendees.