2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference

June 16 – June 18, 2019
Orlando, Florida

The 2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference will convene scholars and practitioners in beautiful Orlando, Florida to discuss holistic student financial security and wellness. NASPA and The Ohio State University present an impactful Conference to address the complexities of college students’ financial wellness. Participants will learn effective strategies for helping students improve their fiscal health during college and remain financially stable after graduation.

This year, the 2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference will be co-located with three other events to comprise the inaugural 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education. As a registered participant for this conference, you will receive access to attend sessions across all conference offerings.


Finances are Difficult for us all to Understand

Financial wellness doesn't just impact our students - even faculty, staff, and administrators struggle with understanding their financial wellness.

Financial Wellness has a Major Impact on Student Success

Did you know that in 2017, researchers at The Ohio State University found that a staggering 70% of college students are stressed about finances? This stress has serious implications for student success.

Don't Worry; We're Here to Help

NASPA and The Ohio State University are once again offering this Conference to bring together professionals from all divisions of our colleges and universities to explore the ways in which they can bolster the financial wellness of our students. The Conference programs will explore evidence-based practices, innovative research, and current trends so you can do just that.

Attend this Conference to:

  • Develop an understanding of financial wellness, while recognizing the barriers students may face;
  • Expand knowledge of current trends in collegiate financial wellness;
  • Understand the lifelong impact of financial planning before, during, and after college; and
  • Learn the ways in which personal identities may intersect with students' financial choices
  • Better understand the impact financial wellness has on a a students’ holistic well-being

Check back often, as the website will change as programmatic details are confirmed. To view the last conference's proceedings, take a look at the website or the program book

Conference Benefits

The 2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference is a valuable opportunity to engage with professionals committed to supporting students’ understanding of financial wellness. By registering to attend the Student Financial Wellness Conference, you receive the benefit of attending programming across the three additional conferences co-located as part of the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education.

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2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Faculty
  • New Professional
  • Undergraduate
  • Senior Level
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level


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Call for Programs

The call for programs is now closed. Thank you to those who submitted program proposals and served as program reviewers.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Understand the various components that make up financial wellness

    • ​What are the various aspects that contribute to collegiate financial wellness (i.e. responsible use of credit and debt, including student loans, planned spending, and saving)?
    • How does financial wellness intersect with other areas of a student’s holistic identity?
    • In what ways do students’ values drive their financial decisions and have an impact on their academic performance?

  • Demonstrate approaches for addressing students’ complex financial issues such as food insecurity, homelessness, economic crisis, and financial management

    • ​How can university administrators prepare themselves to address a breadth of student financial issues?
    • What are strategies to help students forecast financial crises and develop plans to address those?
    • How can university administrators prepare students for major life transitions (e.g. living as an independent minor/foster-care to college, college to the workforce)?

  • Articulate methods for integrating financial support across functional units, including student affairs and financial aid

    • ​How can departments collaborate across campus and community to identify support both on and off campus?
    • What are resources (a) for students seeking financial support across units and (b) for departments to develop lasting relationships with other units?
    • In what ways can off-campus resources and communication with multiple departments (including faculty) be integrated into on-campus support mechanisms, to improve awareness of resources?

  • Identify solutions for increasing students’ awareness and use of financial wellness programming

    • ​What are innovative strategies to drive traffic to departmental financial wellness support resources?
    • In what ways can peer-to-peer learning and coaching positively impact student financial wellness?
    • What initiatives can financial wellness topics be integrated with to provide overall student understanding and success (i.e. orientation)?
    • How can various technological platforms (e.g. social media, online courses,educational apps or gamification) be utilized to increase awareness and use of financial wellness programming?

  • Describe strategies for assessing the influence of financial wellness education on students’ persistence, degree completion and lifelong financial wellness

    • ​Do current research and assessment practices in the field of financial wellness demonstrate short- or long-term positive outcomes for students? For example, how does one’s ability to manage financial stress relate to academic success? How can administrators support academic success for students?
    • What should research and assessment look like in this area? What do the surveys and methods already look like and what have we learned? Essentially, how do we know that our financial wellness practices are working?
    • What impact does financial wellness have on life after college? Does it affect one’s decision making when it comes to significant life choices, such as purchasing a car or home, deciding when to get married or start a family, making choices about which career to pursue or how to save for retirement, etc.?

Submission Timeline
  • February 1, 2019
    Call For Programs Deadline
  • March 4, 2019
    Program Decision Notifications
  • March 15, 2019
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.


Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference.

Amy Geist
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1246
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. For a complete detailed schedule, please visit the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education event schedule, or download the full program book by clicking the button below.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Full Schedule

Sat, Jun 15

8:00 a.m.
Registration & Accessibility Desk Open
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Full-day Pre-conference Institutes

Sun, Jun 16

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-in Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On your Own)
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
First-time Attendee Session
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Exhibit Hours
1:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome and Opening Panel
3:20 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Scholarly Paper Presentations
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Learning Labs
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Opening Reception & Poster Presentations

Mon, Jun 17

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Check-in Open
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Conference Exhibit Hours
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
SFWC Plenary
9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
FGSS Extended Learning Sessions
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
APC Plenary Session
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
CTAG Plenary Session
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Extended Learning Sessions (75 minutes)
3:05 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
FGSS Plenary
4:25 p.m. – 5:25 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Scholarly Paper Presentations

Tue, Jun 18

7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Registration and Check-in Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Closing Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
11:35 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Breakout Sessions

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

The planning committees for the 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education are working to select pre-conference sessions that will enrich and enhance your attendee experience. Pre-conference workshops are typically 3 hours, pre-conference Institutes are typically 8 hours, and both will require participants to pre-register for a fee.

Conducting Program Review Using the CAS Standards

Saturday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM

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Deb Garrett, Interim Executive Director – Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
Jen Wells, Director of Assessment – Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) & Assistant Professor of Higher Education – Department of First-Year and Transition Studies

2019 NASPA Student Success in Higher Education Conferences

In this interactive session, participants will learn and practice detailed steps to implementing Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) standards for program review. Through the use of case studies, individual and small group activities, individual advisement, and discussion, participants will learn how to prepare a unit or division for the program review process intended to foster substantive program improvement. Participants will leave with concrete action steps and tools for implementing a CAS program review on their own campus.

Addressing Financial Wellness at The Ohio State University

Sunday, June 16th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Blake Marble , Director, Office of Student Life Student Wellness Center – The Ohio State University
Benjamin Raines , Program Coordinator, Financial Wellness – The Ohio State University

2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference

Scarlet and Gray Financial (SGF) is a nationally recognized financial wellness program housed in the Office of Student Life Student Wellness Center at The Ohio State University. SGF supports thousands of Ohio State students each year through one-on-one peer financial coaching, presentations and online resources. Attendees will be exposed to a comprehensive review of the SGF program and steps required to develop a financial coaching program in the higher education setting. Presenters will supply information about the recruitment, selection and training of volunteer peer educators, including an in depth look of the Leadership Development Program (LDP), a for credit course taken by all new financial coaches. Moreover, strategies will be provided to identify key stakeholders, build partnerships and institutionalize a financial coaching program. Lastly, presenters will relay how assessment and data collection inform SGF’s evidence-based practices of financial education and how financial education impacts the holistic well-being of students. To conclude this interactive session, presenters will lead a planning activity to assist attendees in developing a strategy for addressing the financial wellness of students on their campus.

Assessment 101: Introduction to Student Affairs Assessment

Sunday, June 16th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Shaun Boren, Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Research - University of Florida
Gwen Fears, Associate Dean of Students - Miami University

Darby Roberts , Director of Student Life Studies - Texas A&M University
Pamelyn Shefman , Director of Planning and Assessment - University of Houston

Tim Kresse , Director of Budget & Technology, Division of Student Life - Miami University

2019 NASPA Student Success in Higher Education Conferences

This pre-conference workshop is a “boot camp” for student affairs assessment. The program offers an opportunity to develop your skills on assessment as a practice while covering the basics you need to either enhance the work you are already doing or start something new for your area or campus. In this session participants will learn from presentations, as well as engage in practical workshops within small groups that represent your campus experience so you can get the most from your time and make assessment more salient in your work. As a result of attending, participants will become familiar with approached for departmental review and accreditation in student affairs while having the opportunity to create an assessment plan for a program including: student learning outcomes, identifying data sources, and reporting strategies.

Data Analytics for Student Affairs: Developing a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness

Sunday, June 16th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Stacy Ackerlind , Special Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs and Director for Assessment, Evaluation and Research - University of Utah
Elizabeth Duszak, Associate Director, Assessment Evaluation & Research - University of Utah

Tom Howa, Associate Director, Business Intelligence Center of Excellence - University of Utah
Dane Luby , Business Analyst, Assessment, Evaluation & Research - University of Utah

2019 NASPA Student Success in Higher Education Conferences

The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to provide a foundation to develop the analytics capacity for student affairs assessment professionals. Student affairs assessment as a field continues to evolve with the increased use of business intelligence and predictive analytics. This workshop will focus on organizational readiness and implementation strategies including: ethics; data access; interdisciplinary team building; organizational maturity; and, student affairs use cases and planning considerations. As a result of attending, participants will have the chance to: develop an assessment about their organizational culture to ethically and effectively use analytics; gain an understanding of the IT requirements for data access and reporting; develop strategies to build an interdisciplinary team; and, understand implementation strategies.

The Current & Future of College Completion: Critical Student Affairs Practices

Sunday, June 16th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

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Dhanfu Elston, Ph.D., Vice President for Strategy, Complete College America
Nikolas Huot, M.A., Strategy Director, Complete College America

2019 First-generation Student Success Conference

Student affairs practitioners must find new and innovative methods to contribute to national and institutional completion efforts which are critical in an environment of sometimes competing demands between policy-makers and enrollment goals. Complete College America is a national non-profit dedicated to increasing the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees. Session participants will receive updates on national “Game Changer” strategies and proven practices that are accelerating completion and attainment rates throughout the country. More institutions are developing guided pathways, working to decrease time to degree, and placing greater emphasis on career outcomes. CCA will work with participants on the creation of plans associated with the most high impact practices, including a discussion of how practitioners are transitioning into student success roles.


Unfortunately at this time our event as at maximum capacity and we have closed our waitlist. We do apologize, but encourage you to consider joining us next year in 2020. We are still finalizing our dates and location, but will share that online once it is confirmed.

If you are a session presenter and need to register, please contact the NASPA Office.

Registration Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
NASPA Members
Non Member
NASPA Student Member

Half-day Pre-conference Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
Member and Non-member Price

Full-day Pre-conference Fees

Early Registration
before 04/13/2019
Regular Registration
04/13/2019 to 05/17/2019
Late Registration
after 05/17/2019
Member and Non-member Price


Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Professional Development
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1180

Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience and Services
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183


View Registration Policies

Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by April 12, 2019, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.

Registration Cancellation Policy: Cancellation/refund deadline less a $50.00 administrative fee is April 12, 2019. This program may be canceled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies. NASPA is not responsible for weather or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues. Please click here to submit a refund request. Refunds will not be after April 12, 2019 for any reason.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to refund@naspa.org.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org.


  • Tim Bono, Ph.D.

    Tim Bono, Ph.D.

    Assistant Dean for Assessment and Analytics in the Division of Student Affairs
    Washington University

    Speaker Bio

  • Bridget Burns

    Bridget Burns

    Executive Director
    University Innovation Alliance

    Speaker Bio

  • Rebecca Covarrubias, Ph.D.

    Rebecca Covarrubias, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology and Faculty Director of the Student Success Equity Research Center
    University of California, Santa Cruz

    Speaker Bio

  • Martha J. Kanter

    Martha J. Kanter

    Executive Director
    College Promise Campaign

    Speaker Bio

  • Yolanda Spiva, Ph. D.

    Yolanda Spiva, Ph. D.

    Complete College America

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the The 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by May 6, 2019. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.

Gold Level
  • Inside Track/strada
  • EAB
  • Skyfactor
  • Campus Labs
  • Ready Education
Silver Level
  • Starfish by Hobson
Bronze Level
  • CashCourse/NEFE
Special Thanks To…
  • KIND
  • National Resource Center on the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC)


Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL

All conference workshops, speakers, and networking activities will take place at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld.

The event housing block for the 2019 Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education is currently sold out.

If you are in need of a new reservation, we encourage you to make your reservation(s) through our approved third party provider – aRes – where you will have access to citywide hotel availability at current market rates.

aRes is an approved third-party business partner that provides alternate housing options. This service is not owned or managed by either NASPA or Experient. You will receive a confirmation for your hotel reservation directly from aRes. If you would like to speak with an aRes customer service agent, please call 1-877-300-6147 or International callers 1-619-546-7263.

Use the button below to find accommodations. The link will show hotel rates as well as distance to the event hotel, the Renaissance Orlando.

Find Accomodations

Information about the main conference hotel and overflow hotel, can be found below:

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Hitlon Garden Inn Orlando at Seaworld
6850 Westwood Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32821
  • Travel

    Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is located 13 miles from both Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), 18 miles from Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), and 42 miles from Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB).

  • Transportation

    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from local airports, please visit the Transportation section of the hotel website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Orlando in June are around 90 degrees F during the day and 70 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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