As part of the financial aid community, you have access to powerful analytic tools, thought leadership, and professional development. At the conference, you’ll find all of this and more in a community of like-minded professionals with decades of experience. Join us and make managing your financial aid investment more efficient, strategic, and successful.



  • Inspiring speakers and thought leaders
    Get motivation from some of the nation's leading voices in financial aid and independent education.
  • Engaging pre-conference workshops
    You'll find full- and half-day pre-conference workshops providing hands-on experiences in a more in-depth and immersive way than breakout sessions can cover.
  • Opportunities to connect, listen to, and learn from your peers
    Attend more than 30 sessions pertinent to your work delivered by colleagues who are leading the way. In addition, there are opportunities to connect informally with peers to discuss issues and solutions.
  • Deep dives into the SSS and NAIS tools
    Attend sessions or get one-on-one demos that expand your skills using tools such as the SSS School Portal, NAIS’s DASL, and the Demographic Center.



Attendees value the conference experience because it helps them:

  • Develop skills they need to be effective in the role as a financial aid and admission professional
  • Increase their ability to make financial aid and enrollment decisions more efficiently, with stronger financial aid policies, and long-term strategic thinking
  • Enhance their ability to support families working through the financial aid process
  • Improve their ability to manage the school’s investment in access and affordability


Who Should Attend

  • Directors of Financial Aid, Financial Aid Administrators, Directors of Admission, Deans of Enrollment Management, and Admission Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers, and Business Officers
  • Heads of School, Associate Heads, Assistant Heads, and Trustees
  • Your entire Financial Aid Committee for team-based learning!

2017 Conference Planning Committee


We are grateful to this year's Conference Planning Committee.


David Baker
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
St. Mark’s School of Texas (Texas)

Lisa Beiras
Director of Admissions
Hollywood Schoolhouse (California)

Steven Casey
Director of Financial Aid
Pine Crest School (Florida)

Mercy Kealey
Director of Financial Aid
The McCallie School (Tennessee)



Cecilia Leon-Drago
Director of Financial Aid
Metairie Park Country Day School (Louisiana)

Nicola Robinson
Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid
Atlanta International School (Georgia)

Lawrence Sampleton
Associate Head of School for Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
St. Stephen’s Episcopal School (Texas)

Sally Uzee
Assistant Director of Admission – Upper School and Financial Aid
Isidore Newman School (Louisiana)



Thank you to the sponsors of the NAIS-SSS Financial Aid Conference