PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

Welcome to the 2019 PASFAA Conference!

The Conference Committee would like to welcome you to the Conference page!


October 7th – 9th


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2019 Conference Team


Shelby Maguire- Lafayette College


Keri Neidig- Sallie Mae

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Stacy Schenk- Mount Aloysius College

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Kim McCurdy- PHEAA

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Kat Delgrosso- CollegeAve


Renee Wright- Mercyhurst University


Carrie Wilson- Pennsylvania Gunsmith School

Tom May Pix

Tom May- Citizens Bank


Stephanie Schrift- Saint Francis University

We have been busy planning an amazing conference and cannot wait for you to join us!  Some of the highlights are below!

Exciting Sessions!

The Conference Committee has been busy planning the 2019 Conference in Hershey and are excited to announce key speakers and presenters!

  • Key Note Speaker:  Helen Rothberg has a background in strategy and behavioral science. Helen has worked with industry leaders, start-ups and young minds to guide them in discovering what is magnificent in themselves – as people, companies, or thought leaders. Dr. Rothberg’s most recent book, “The Perfect Mix,” will be available for purchase during the conference.
  • Robert Weinerman, from Ironbridge, will provide insight on the new 2018 tax returns and an introduction to business and rental property returns.
  • Hear additional updates from Craig Rorie, Department of Education, Noe Ortega, Deputy Secretary and Commissioner of Postsecondary and Higher Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), and Dan Wray, member of the technology committee, on PASFAA’s new and improved website!
  • NASFAA Credential class will also be offered as a preconference session!

Click here to view the agenda and session descriptions

Click here to view/download conference presentations

Click here to view/download conference menu selections

Click here to view/download the Survival Guide


  • The Presidents Reception will kick-off Monday evening. This is a great time to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.
  • On Monday evening, attendees will have the opportunity to select a fun activity:
    • Wine and Chocolate Tasting ($20)
    • Paint and Sip ($11)
    • Sector Pumpkin Carving
    • Football at the Bear’s Den
  • Tuesday Night is a night out at the movies! Come spend the evening with members eating popcorn, candy, and ice cream while watching the President’s pick, “Grease.”


Full Conference Monday, 0ct. 7th - Wednesday, Oct 9th
One Day Ticket - Monday, October 7th, 2019
One Day Ticket - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
One Day Ticket - Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Keynote Speaker

Helen Rothberg, PhD, bartended in New York City throughout her academic career. She has consulted with Fortune 500 companies, small technology start-ups, and nonprofit organizations. She speaks regularly on bartending and leadership at alumni, student, association and company gatherings. Dr. Rothberg is dual degreed in business and behavioral science and is professor of strategy at the School of Management at Marist College, senior faculty at the Academy of Competitive Intelligence, and president of consulting firm HNR Associates. She is also a contributing author for Money Magazine and She lives in Orange County, NY, with her husband, dog, cat, and several part-time goats. She still makes a mean cocktail.

Dr. Helen Rothberg’s book “The Perfect Mix” will be available for purchase following her presentation.  She will also be available to sign your copy!

View Helen’s Website

The Fundamentals Workshop is a pre-conference training for new and inexperienced financial aid administrators that will take place on Sunday, October 6th (1:00-5:00 PM) and Monday, October 7th (7:30-10:30 AM). This pre-conference event is designed to be an overview of the basics of the federal student aid programs and regulations for all school sectors using NASFAA University curriculum. While this opportunity is tailored to the new financial aid professional, any participant will learn from this workshop.

The $65.00 fee includes the two-day workshop registration, training materials, snacks, and special treats.

To register for Fundamentals only, click here
To register for both Fundamentals and the Annual Conference, click here

NASFAA Credentialing

Student Eligibility: This NASFAA U Authorized Training Event provides an overview of general student eligibility criteria and documentation requirements, familiarizes attendees with the role of the Central Processing System (CPS), database matches, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), as well as how specific educational programs affect student eligibility. Upon completion of the event, you will receive complimentary access to the credential test for Student Eligibility.

Tonya Hsiung joined NASFAA’s Training and Regulatory Assistance team in 2019 as a NASFAA U Instructor. Prior to joining NASFAA, she was the Senior Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Franklin & Marshall College. She started her financial aid career as a work-study student. She has worked professionally in financial aid for over 17 years. She enjoys teaching financial aid and has previously served as an adjunct instructor for NASFAA U courses in addition to teaching multiple NASFAA Authorized Events. She also served PASFAA on various committees as well as held the position of Treasurer for many years. She received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and Master’s Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a second bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Millersville University. She resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with her husband, Danny, and daughter, Alana.


Hotel Information

Hershey Lodge

Offering 665 guest rooms and 100,000 square feet of function space, Hershey Lodge provides convenience and comfort for families and guests of all ages. We hope you’ll enjoy the sweet hospitality and iconic chocolate details around every corner.

Follow the link to book your room:

Guests who prefer to call to make reservations can call 855-729-3108.

PASFAA Group Rate is $169.00 per room/per night plus 11% taxes.

PASFAA’s Annual Basket Raffle

Everyone loves a basket raffle!! And helping students!!

At the 2019 PASFAA Conference in Hershey (October 7-9) we will be selling tickets for our annual basket raffle to benefit the PASFAA Scholarship fund ( This is your opportunity to help! Please consider donating items to raffle. Some ideas include:

• Items representing your school (mugs, hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, etc.)
• Gift cards
• Regional gifts from your area
• New, unwanted birthday or holiday gifts
• Lottery tickets
• Pet care items
• Sports memorabilia
• Non perishable food items (e.g. Italian dinner basket)
• Wine
• Movie night (DVDs, munchies, movie tickets)
• Fall themed items (pumpkin flavored items, tableware, etc.)
• Candles

You can either donate a complete basket (that would be GREAT!) or donate items and we will do the assembly for you. If possible, all items should be brought to the conference.

Please contact Carrie Wilson at with any questions and to let us know about your donation. This is a great opportunity to help PA students in need!!

The Conference Committee truly appreciates your dedication to being part of the 2019 conference.  Business Partner participants must first sign up to be a Business Partner before registering for the conference.  For more details on how to become a business partner please click on the link above.