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.

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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

Continuing Education

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

NASPA has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5120. Programs that do not quality for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NASPA is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Click here for more information on Continuing Education and frequently asked questions.

If you have questions about Continuing Education, please contact Teri Gillmor at [email protected].


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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


Let others know you are coming!

Call for Programs

The conference planning committee encourages program proposals regarding proven practices with content that will engage participants in fruitful discussions and provide meaningful content to bring back to their campuses. The outline/description should be lengthy enough to give the reviewers an understanding of your program session. It should also address the following points:

  • Goals of presentation.
  • Lengthy description about session content that you will present.
  • Relationship of the program to the conference themes outlined on the website.
  • Identification of the program format (e.g., lecture, panel, debate) including methods for participant involvement (e.g., discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis).
  • Evidence of the conceptual foundation for proposal content including ways the program content is grounded in research, relevant experience, a cogent model, or appropriate theory.


Our program proposal review process is critical to the success of the 2019 NASPA Student Financial Wellness Conference. We encourage you to sign-up to be program reviewer via the button below, which will navigate you directly to the position posting.


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.?

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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 printable schedule at a glance, click the button below.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Full Schedule

Sat, Jun 15

8:00 a.m.
Registration 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
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

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 & Conference Plenary Session
9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
9:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Extended Learning Sessions
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on own)
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Roundtable Discussions
Scholarly Paper Presentations
2:35 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Breakout Sessions & Conference Plenary Session
3:55 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Afternoon Networking Break
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Learning Labs

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. More information on pre-conference options will be available no later than January 18, 2019.

Pre-Conference Institute

Saturday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 04.00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop

Saturday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM


Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an 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 then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration. Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

The 2019 NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education converges four events into one. Please select the conference which is most applicable to you, though you are welcome to attend sessions and presentations from any conference on site.

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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.

Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 12, 2019, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled 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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected].


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 [email protected] by May 6, 2019. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected].


Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld Orlando, FL
Orlando, FL

All conference activities will take place at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Renaissance Orlando at Seaworld starting at $189/night (not including 12.5% occupancy fee). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Friday, May 24, 2019. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

Our special room rate includes a reduced resort fee of $20, which includes: 2 Bottled waters nightly, high-speed room internet, local/domestic long distance calls and in-room bottled water, transportation to Premium Outlets, and 10% discount for a Tradewinds Restaurant dinner. Additionally, hotel guest will receive 50% discounted self-parking as well as complimentary use of the health club and gym facilities for the duration of the conference.


Hotel Room Rate/Night
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, FL 32821
$189 Single or Double
  • 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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