Presidential Campaign Reps To Discuss Student Aid At NASFAA National Conference, July 22 In Chicago

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Martha Kanter, Under Secretary of Education, Also to Address Financial Aid Professionals  

May 31, 2012 -- There’s a new reason to save the date for the 2012 National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) conference, held July 22-25 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Key higher education policy advisors from the Barack Obama and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns will kick off the conference with a lively policy debate on Sunday, July 22 at 12:45 p.m. Campaign representatives will address crucial higher education issues related to student financial aid, including funding for programs, ensuring access and success for all students and ideas for policy reform.

James Kvaal is the Policy Director at "Obama for America," where he helps articulate the president's accomplishments and agenda across a range of issues. Before joining the campaign, he served as Deputy Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education, where he focused on student aid and higher education policy, and as a special assistant to the president for economic policy at the White House.

Scott Fleming serves as an education policy advisor for "Romney for President" and is president and vice chairman of Madison Education Group, a private management consulting firm. His experience includes work with some of the nation’s largest education companies. He also worked for the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions as a Senior Education Policy Advisor to Chairman Michael B. Enzi.

Don’t miss one of the first times that the campaigns publicly debate their higher education agendas.

On Tuesday, July 24 at noon, special guest and keynote speaker Martha Kanter, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, will share her thoughts on the state of student aid, including current funding challenges and recent student aid proposals from the Obama Administration and ED.

In addition to the keynotes, more than 100 sessions in 10 different subject-matter tracks will provide valuable information for any attendee. Tracks include (among others):

-- Consumer Information & Customer Service

-- Student Access & Success/Diversity Issues

-- Financial Literacy

To receive a complimentary media registration, please email news (at) nasfaa (dot) org by July 1.


The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) is a nonprofit membership organization that represents nearly 20,000 financial aid professionals at 2,800 colleges, universities, and career schools across the country. Each year, financial aid professionals help more than 16 million students receive funding for post secondary education. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis, and training for financial aid administrators. For more information, visit