Conference 2023

Conference 2023

Mark your calendars and set your time machines! We are jumping back into the 80’s in style while we discuss the future.  Our community is smart, diligent, adaptable, masters of our trade and critical pieces to our institution’s success.  We do what nobody else does.That makes us legendary.

Join us:

April 17-19, 2023
Marriott Tacoma Downtown Hotel
Tacoma, Washington

Let’s mingle, learn and grow. We already have a full slate of exciting and informative sessions and activities planned.  View a tentative agendareserve your spot and book your room ($184 nightly rate) today!

Scholarships are available from the IDEEA Committee and the General S
cholarship Fund!  

Early Bird (through 3/15) - $325 member, $375 nonmember
Late (3/15-3/30) - $375 member, $400 nonmember
Day Rate - $150

Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute

Summer Institute

There’s no place like WASFAA’s Sister Dale Brown Summer Institute!

 Monday June 5th - Friday June 9th
 Spokane, Washington at Gonzaga University

Space is limited, so register early to reserve your spot!

Registration Fees:

  • on-campus housing for WASFAA members: $800
  • on-campus housing for non-WASFAA members: $850
  • commuter rate for WASFAA members: $550
  • commuter rate for non-WASFAA members: $600
  • P&P Summit for WASFAA members: $100
  • P&P Summit for non-WASFAA members: $250

Available Tracks:


    Beginner Track- geared towards processers and technicians, or those with less than 3 years of financial aid experience. Some sessions include: student eligibility, Pell grant, packaging, direct loans and verification.

    Intermediate Track- designed for advisors and counselors or those with 3-5 years of financial aid experience. Some sessions include: cost of attendance, professional judgement, packaging, and R2T4.

    Advanced Track- built for those in leadership roles or those with more than 5 years of financial aid experience. Some sessions include: administrative capability, consumer information and cash management.

    Policies & Procedures Summit- This is a shorter track that will start on Wednesday June 7 and is designed for financial aid directors that need dedicated time and space to write or edit your policies and procedures manual. The Summit has very limited space, so it will be important to register early.

Ashley Munro, Chair, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Rosie Castenada, UC San Diego
Molly Walsh, DigiPen Institute of Technology
Shawn Domingo, Ohlone College
Debbie O'Dea, Portland State University
Ashley Coleman, Oregon State University
Ricardo Gomes Henriques, Brigham Young University- Idaho
Art Young, University of Arizona
Louisa Diana, Gonzaga University
Kelley Christiansen, Boise State University
Janelle Cook, University of Alaska Southeast
Marvin Smith, UCLA
Shellee Kilbride, Charter College
Sarah Everitt, Gonzaga University
Christina Tangalakis, Glendale Community College
Dewayne Barnes, WASFAA Site Selection Chair
Helen Van Blaricom , Gonzaga University

Housing Information:
On-Campus participants will be staying on Gonzaga University campus. Housing is included in the cost of registration. All participants will have their own private bedroom, but will share a 1.5 bathroom suite with a roommate. Bedding is not provided. Participants should bring their own pillow and sheets, or plan to purchase from a store upon arrival in Spokane. WASFAA will provide a towel, which participants get to keep. Please bring all other toiletries with you. Think of it as financial aid summer camp- minus the tent!

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