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Financial Aid & School Management Conference

Save the 2025 Date! 

May 22nd, 2025 – May 23rd, 2025 | Palm Springs, California

Registration to open in late 2024

The Fame Annual Financial Aid & School Management Conference is the premier, anticipated event for higher education professionals around the country.  We offer an array of informative, collaborative sessions covering Financial Aid, Regulatory Compliance, Operations, and much more.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the industry, a newcomer looking to quickly get up to speed, or a School Owner or Director at a large multi-campus institution, there is sure to be something valuable for everyone!

Next year’s conference will take place from Thursday, May 22nd to Friday, May 23rd, 2025 at the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. More information to come as we get closer to the date. We look forward to seeing you there!

2024 Deadlines & Fees

Early Registration: Available from December 11 – February 19

Individual: $749 per attendee

Group Pricing (3 or more): $699 per attendee

Regular registration: Available from February 20 – April 14, 2024

Individual: $799 per attendee

Group Pricing (3 or more): $749 per attendee

Late registration fee: Available from April 15 – 30, 2024

Individual: $899 per attendee

Check out our sessions on the Agenda tab!

The conference registration fee includes:

  • Access to all educational sessions & vendor mall
  • All meeting materials & conference app
  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Welcome Reception
The 2024 FAME School Management & Financial Aid Conference will be at the – THE WESTIN FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH RESORT

321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Fun in the sun! You are invited to experience oceanfront tranquility at The Westin. Whether you want to relax or prefer an adventure, this is the perfect location! Enjoy poolside activities, relax in a lavish spa, dine in style, and much, much more. This amazing location and outstanding amenities make this the ideal space for us to host our annual conference. For detailed resort information, please visit the hotel website here.

The Fame room block at The Westin is now full.

An overflow hotel has now been secured. AC Hotel Fort Lauderdale Beach is a short block from our conference venue, The Westin. To reserve a room, please click here or call 954-356-7900 and reference the “Fame Conference”. The rooms are first come, first serve so please reserve as soon as possible.

Amenities included:

  • Two (2) Beach Chairs per day
  • Daily Fitness Class
  • Two (2) hour Bike Rental per person, per day
  • Enhanced wireless internet service
  • Rate available 3 days pre & post

Please note that in the final rate you will see the Room Night at $259 and Destination Fee at $25. This group is WAIVED from the Destination Fee. However, when booking trough the link, the system automatically includes it. The Destination Fee will be Waived at the moment of check-in.

Hotel Check-in Time: 4:00pm

Hotel Check-out Time: 11:00am

Parking at AC Hotel: Overnight valet parking is $47 plus tax

If you have any questions, please reach out to


The resort is 6 miles from the Ft-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and 32 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA).

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

Attire and Climate

Business casual attire is appropriate for all conference activities.  In May, temperatures range from the low-70s to the mid-80s depending on the time of day.  Hotel temperatures and meeting rooms may vary, so a sweater is recommended.

Find additional hotel FAQs here.

Things to do

When you are not busy networking and learning, there is so much to do in Fort Lauderdale, Florida! If you want a relaxing time, cross the hotel’s skywalk to go straight to the beach, or jump into the pool with a view. The Westin also offers spas, food, and more right at your doorstep! Also, be sure to check out more fun activities in Fort Lauderdale.

There are many services for transport, such as Taxis, Lyft, and Uber. You can also find affordable and free rides in the area utilizing services such as LauderGo! And Circuit.

Our sessions are designed for anyone who is working in post-secondary education including but not limited to the Admissions department, Financial Aid Office, Student Services, and Placement departments, or those charged with their oversight. This includes Owners, Presidents, Vice Presidents, CEOs, Operations Officers, Directors, CPAs who conduct compliance audits, and Financial Aid Directors and Officers.

>>>Download the justification letter here

Showcase Your Company at FAME’s 2023 Conference

Conference Sponsorship:

  • Visibility in marketing campaigns will reach attendees before and during the event
  • Invitations to exclusive networking opportunities, including welcome reception, breakfasts, and luncheons
  • Opportunity to lead a conference round table or workshop
  • Visibility in marketing materials, conference website, and online dashboard
  • Full attendee list provided before and after the event

Please contact  for a sponsorship prospectus and more information.

How do I register and pay to attend the Fame Conference?

Registering and paying online is easy. Click here to register for the 2024 School Management & Financial Aid Conference. Credit cards are accepted for online registration only.

Is the conference exclusively for customers of Fame’s Financial Aid Service or Student Information Systems?

No, in fact, many attendees are not Fame clients. This is an educational conference oriented towards the industry as a whole, not a “user’s conference” in the traditional sense. The curriculum during the conference is well-balanced with sessions covering financial aid, regulatory compliance, best practice, operations, and more.

What are my options if I already registered, but will no longer be able to attend?

A refund/credit can be issued for cancellations received by Fame on or before April 8th, 2024.  After that refunds are no longer available, but you may send a substitute attendee in your place. All cancellations or substitutions must be submitted in writing to and will be assessed a $25 administrative fee.

 Will sessions and presentations be available for viewing before and/or after the conference?

Yes. The Fame Conference site will have a detailed agenda.  The Session PowerPoints – PDFs will be available approximately one week prior to the conference for attendees.

What kind of attire is required?

Attire for the Fame Conference is business casual. All sessions will be held inside the resort. Please remember that meeting room temperatures and personal comfort zones may vary, so we encourage you to bring a light jacket or sweater in case of cooler temperatures.

How do I report any Special Needs/Dietary Requests?

If you have special needs under the Americans With Disabilities Act or special dietary requirements, please explain those needs on the registration form.  If this was not done at the time of registration, please email

 Who do I contact for questions regarding the conference?

Please email for any questions that may arise.

We can’t wait to share our remarkable agenda for the Financial Aid & School Management Conference!  Delve into the detailed agenda to map out the sessions that align with your goals and interests here.

Topics include:

  • Federal Update – Augmented Reality
  • Cyber Security – What Do We Need to Know?
  • Professional Judgement/Conflicting Information
  • 2024 Verification
  • Virtual Financial Aid Office
  • 2024-25 Pell/ DL Awarding
  • Financial Responsibility
  • Step into the Future of SIS Excellence!
  • What’s New? – ATB. Career Pathways, High School Validation
  • Reactive Armor –  Washington Update/Neg Reg 2024
  • Audit Issues for Today and Tomorrow
  • Three Easy Changes a School Can Make to Dramatically Increase Leads
  • Institutional Eligibility- What’s New?
  • Understanding R2T4
  • And more!

Thank you to our sponsors!