Join us as AASFAA celebrates our 55th Anniversary!

Conference Registration Agenda Hotel Block Rate

Early Bird rate: 
2/24/23 - 3/31/23

  • Member: $175
  • Non-member: $225

Standard rate:
4/1/23 - 4/17/23

  • Member: $225
  • Non-member: $275
Register Now!

We're cooking up an extraordinary lineup of
sessions for you.  Check out our sample agenda!

Why Attend?
In order to keep up with ever-changing laws and
regulations that govern Title IV student aid
programs, and to ensure Arizona institutions
maintain administrative capability, AASFAA offers 
our annual conference.  Sessions presented by
industry experts and trusted colleagues cover a
wide range of topics, including financial aid skills 
and regulations, student service, and professional
development.  It is my hope that all AASFAA
member institutions take advantage of this 
opportunity to connect, learn, and re-charge at 
this in-person event.

-- Kelly O'Brien, AASFAA President

Reserve a room now to take advantage
of the block rate of $120/night!

Book online or call the Vee Quiva
reservations department (520-796-4900) and mention "AASFAA."

Reservations must be made by April 17, 2023.

Institutional members who register for the conference by 3/31
will be entered into a raffle for a free upgrade to a suite, which
includes private patio access to the hotel pool!

Book now!


David Downing, NASFAA

David has worked professionally in financial aid since 2004, and currently works at NASFAA on the Training and Regulatory Assistance team. 

His main responsibility is to design and facilitate NASFAA U’s online courses for financial aid administrators, and to respond to NASFAA members through NASFAA’s AskRegs service. Prior to working for NASFAA, David’s experience includes working at Arizona State University as the associate director of financial aid operations, Washington State University as the assistant director of financial aid communications, and at the University of Phoenix in training and content development as well as several other roles.

David holds a bachelor of science in business with a minor in human resource management from Western International University and master of arts in education/adult education and training from the University of Phoenix.

Over his career David has volunteered with AASFAA, WFAA- the Washington Financial Aid Association, and served in a variety of roles with the Western Association of Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA). 


 Tracy DeSoto - Keynote Speaker

Tracy DeSoto is committed to excellence in the many hats she wears. Tracy has built a reputation of hard work, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to excellence. Having worked in higher education for over 20 years, Tracy is a Director of Student Financial Services for the University of Phoenix. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Foundation for Women where she is the Program Chair for SHE Leads!™ - A one-of-a-kind leadership program for women in Arizona. As part of this work, the cohorts embrace philanthropy, having raised over $72K for local non-profit, grassroots organizations who provide resources to the underserved women in Arizona in 2022.

Tracy is also an entrepreneur, starting Tracy DeSoto, LLC in 2021 and has transformed her vision of supporting professional women into a reality. Her innovative approach to leading women through overcoming obstacles, navigating through stress, and the feeling of being overwhelmed while trying to balance their professional lives and personal growth have already helped hundreds of women. Tracy’s signature program, Your Comeback Tour, provides a practical framework to help women move forward in their personal and professional lives.

Tracy has and MBA with specializations in Human Resource Management and Global Management from the University of Phoenix, an Executive Coaching Certificate, a Certificate in the Foundations of Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently has become a Nationally Certified Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Practitioner.