NYSFAAA 51st Annual Conference

“Celebrating our biggest Capital investment”

Hosted by Region 5 at the Albany Marriott

October 29- 31, 2019
Albany, NY


Conference Agenda

The program committee is happy to provide you with a robust agenda of sessions for everyone -- whether you are new to financial aid, a seasoned veteran or somewhere in between.

The 2019 Conference Agenda with session descriptions is now available. 


Keynote Speaker

Renowned teacher and author Erin Gruwell will open our conference on Tuesday, October 29th at 10 am.  Erin will share her motivational story as portrayed in the book, The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Learn more about this powerful presenter at


Registration and Fees – Online Registration Available July/August 2019

  • Early bird registration: $340 (available through September 15, 2019)
  • Full registration: $375
  • Retiree registration: $250
  • One-day registration: $175/day
  • Two-day registration: $300

*** Early bird registrants will be entered in a raffle for a free one night stay at the Albany Marriott in the future (some dates are excluded).


Vendor Information

  • Vendor registration: $700
  • Vendor area set up: Monday, October 28, 1-5 p.m.
  • Vendor area opens: Tuesday, October 29, 9 a.m.
  • Booth breakdown: Wednesday, October 30, 4 p.m.
  • More information to follow
Click here for more Vendor information


Pre-Conference Workshop

NYSFAAA will offer the NASFAA Verification Training Module on Monday, October 28, 2019.  The cost is $50.00 which includes training, materials, and lunch.  The training will begin at 10:30am and conclude at 3pm. Preregistration is required.



The Albany Marriott is located 189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY, is easily accessible from Albany International Airport (ALB), the NYS Thruway and the Albany/Rensselaer Amtrak Station. 

The conference hotel rate is $115/night.  Parking is free.

To reserve your hotel accommodations, use the link below.  Make sure you indicate you are part of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association conference to secure the $115.00 sleeping room rate.

Book your group rate for the October 2019 NewYork State Financial Aid Administrators Association Annual Conference and Pre-Conference .

Check out the photos of this newly remodeled hotel…


An Evening at the New York State Museum 

The conference committee also has some fun networking opportunities planned.  Take advantage of a pre-conference tour Monday afternoon/evening at the New York State Museum (  Transportation and light dinner will be provided.  What a great way to start the conference with your colleagues and explore our NYS history!   Preregistration is required.  The cost to attend the museum event is $20.00



 By Car:

  • From NYS Thruway (I-87) north, take Exit 4 Wolf Road/Colonie
  • Turn right at end of ramp onto Wolf Road
  • Continue .5 mile; the entrance to the Albany Marriott will be on your left
    • o The Marriott is across the street from the Olive Garden and set back off the road.  Look for the Marriott sign for the turn off Wolf Road onto Beltrone Drive. 
    • For GPS:  189 Wolf Road, Albany, NY

 By Train:

  • Take Amtrak to the Albany/Rensselaer Station
  • Meet your UBER or LYFT ride or hail a taxi out through the glass doors on the main floor
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car is located on the lower level.  Elevators are located to the left of the glass exit doors
  • Visit for tickets, schedules, arrival, and departure as well as additional information

 By Plane:


Maximizing Your Conference Experience

  • Review session descriptions on the NYSFAAA website prior to the conference.  Come prepared with questions and/or insights from your campus.
  •  Conference app will be available shortly.


 What to Bring

  • Cash for the Scholarship Raffle baskets
  • Sneakers for the walk/run at The Crossings Park which is within walking distance of the Marriott
  • A sweater or jacket as conference rooms may be a bit cool
  • An umbrella…just in case
  • A Tax Exempt form, if needed