Conferences & Events

We believe in the power of conferences and events to bring together thought leaders, researchers, educators, and advocates who are passionate about creating a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape. Join us at our upcoming conferences and events to be a part of this transformative journey.


The Pell Institute Release of 2024 Equity Indicators Report is Coming Soon!

The Institute will host a webinar on Monday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. ET, highlighting data from the 2024 Equity Indicators report, such as enrollment declines, student debt, trends in TRIO funding and participants, and more! See webinar details below. 

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41st SFARN

Registration is now open!

The 41st Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) Conference will take place in person on July 10-12, at the University of Maryland – College Park located at 3972 Campus Drive College Park, MD, 20742.

Registration Fees:

  • $300 General
  • $100 Student (Undergraduate and Graduate)

*If registering as a student, a student ID will be required at check-in.

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More Information

Attendees have options for multiple hotels in the area. No special rate is required to attain great prices. Options include The Hotel at the Univsersity of Maryland, College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Crowne Plaza College Park and Cambria Hotel College Park.

Refund Policy — Registration fees paid in advance are refundable (less the processing fee of $50) if written notice of cancellation is received/faxed on or before July 1, 2024. No refund requests will be accepted after this date.

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The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Learn more about the Pell Institute, including our mission, purpose, goals, and history.


communities of practice

Research, Evaluation and Data Use

This community of practice aims to generate knowledge and evidence about practices that best serve our students. Community members see research, evaluation, and evidence-supported practices as crucial to improving the success of college access and success programs. Members also believe that knowledge, strategies, and techniques developed in the many successful programs around the country should be documented and shared with the larger community of college access and success professionals. Finally, this community hopes to share practical, innovative methods for evaluating the success of each program. Overall, this community of practice functions as a place to facilitate the sharing of ideas, network, and connect institutions in search of ways to support our students’ academic access and success.