2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being

June 15 – June 17, 2017
Washington, D.C.

NASPA and The Ohio State University are partnering to offer an impactful Symposium to address the complexities of college students’ financial well-being. Participants will learn effective strategies for helping students improve their fiscal health during college and remain financially stable after graduation.

This year, the 2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being will be co-located with the 2017 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference. As a registered participant for this symposium, you will recieve access to attend sessions for both programs.

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Collegiate financial well-being is no laughing matter. In 2015, researchers at The Ohio State University found that 70% of college students are stressed about finances, and financial stress has been shown to have serious implications for student success. Scholars and practitioners from The Ohio State University are partnering with NASPA to offer an impactful Symposium to address the complexities of college students’ financial well-being. Participants will learn effective strategies for helping students improve their fiscal health during college and remain financially stable after graduation. The Symposium's programs will explore evidence-based practices, innovative research, and current trends surrounding collegiate financial well-being.

You should attend this Symposium if you want to:

  • Expand knowledge of current trends in collegiate financial well-being;
  • Recognize the barriers students may face while developing an understanding of financial well-being;
  • 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.


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2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being


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

Call for programs is now open with an extended deadline of March 24, 2017Announcements of program selection will be made by April 10, 2017.

The importance of collegiate financial well-being research and practice is more critical than ever as campuses continue to experience diminishing resources and our students are tasked with understanding the life-long impacts of their financial decisions. The 2017 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being is your opportunity to share evidence-based practices from your campus or organization, learn from leading researchers in the field, and engage with other professionals who are committed to promoting student financial success.

The 2017 Planning Committee knows it’s presenters like you who will make the Symposium an impactful event. The Planning Committee is seeking innovative and thought provoking programs from a wide range of professional functional areas: student affairs, financial aid, advising, and more. Programs which enhance and progress the understanding of collegiate financial well-being, in either research or practice, will be considered. 

Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Symposium's learning outcomes.


Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the Symposium. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer here and look for Program Reviewer - Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being underneath the header Educational Programs.

For detailed instructions on how to sign-up, take a look at this document for an example.

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

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Submission Timeline
  • January 17, 2017
    Call for Program Reviewers Opens
  • March 24, 2017
    Call for Programs Closes
  • April 10, 2017
    Program Status Notification
  • April 17, 2017
    Program Acceptances Due

Writing Tips

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


The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. The tentative schedule with specific program titles, presenters, and abstracts will be released in March 2017.

Thu, Jun 15

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Symposium Workshops
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Keynote
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Reception (Light Fare Provided)

Fri, Jun 16

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 pm. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Flash Sessions

Sat, Jun 17

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote
9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions V
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Symposium Closing

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Submit a Pre-Symposium Workshop Proposal before March 24, 2017!

09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Our call for programs is currently open through March 24, 2017. We invite all attendees to submit a proposal for a Pre-Symposium Workshop which will occur between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2017. To submit, follow this link.


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types. For information on group rates and registration policies, please click the Registration Policies button.

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Registration Fee

01/17/2017 to 04/17/2017
04/18/2017 to 05/19/2017
after 05/20/2017
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Symposium Workshop


Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1180


View Registration Policies

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 7, 2017, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  All cancellation and refund requests must be received in writing.  No refunds will be given after this date for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to [email protected] .

Group Registration: NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at events@naspa.org . Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders: Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at [email protected] .


  • Dr. Buffy Smith

    Dr. Buffy Smith

    Professor of Sociology
    University of St. Thomas

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  • Dr. Sonya Britt, CFP

    Dr. Sonya Britt, CFP

    Associate Professor
    Kansas State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Dr. Brian Bridges

    Dr. Brian Bridges

    Vice President of Research and Member Engagement
    United Negro College Fund

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Washington Marriott Wardman Park

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
Washington, DC

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park starting at $219/night (not including the 14.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, May 25, 2017. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date so please make your reservation as soon as possible.  Took book your reservation online,  please click the "book your hotel room now" button below. To book a room by phone, please call 1-877-212-5752 and reference "NASPA Student Affairs Administrators"


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