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33rd Annual SFARN Conference
San Francisco, CA
June 9-10, 2016

Register | Preliminary Agenda (.pdf)

Registration is Open for the 33rd Annual Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) Conference

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 33rd Annual SFARN Conference, to be held in San Francisco, CA, June 9-10, 2016.

The Student Financial Aid Research Network Conference is the prime venue for leading financial aid researchers to network, seek input, and share expertise with their colleagues from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, membership associations and other non-profit organizations. Sessions will focus on new and recently completed research on some of the most prominent issues in student aid today such as merit-based scholarships, student loan debt, low-income and non-traditional access, trends in state aid programs, and the overarching theme of how students and their families are paying for college.

This year, SFARN will once again use the two-day format, with full days of plenary presentations starting at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The conference will continue the morning of Friday, June 10, 2016, and go all day, ending no later than 5:00 p.m. There will be no Saturday sessions, though our room block will carry over Friday night into Saturday.

The registration fee for the 33rd SFARN is $390, if you register by May 18, 2016. After that date, registration is $440. This fee includes all meals (2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches, afternoon and morning breaks) and conference materials.

Registration for this year's conference will be done entirely via the Internet. To access registration, please click here. Select "33rd Student Financial Aid Research Network Conference" from the list of events to continue. After this point, you will need a logon and password to complete the registration process. If you have previously attended a SFARN Conference, we will have your record in our system. Just use the instructions in the "How To" guide on the "Log On" page to find out what your logon is, and then how to reset your password (if necessary).

If you cannot locate a record for yourself in our system, you will have to "Create a new account".

If you require assistance gaining access to our site for registration, please contact Neda Wickson at the Council for Opportunity in Education. Her e-mail address is (

The preliminary agenda (.pdf) is now available. For questions about the conference, contact Colleen O'Brien by e-mail.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in San Francisco!

Colleen T. O'Brien
SFARN Conference Coordinator