JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Event Information

ISAC’s 4th annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Symposium will be held in-person at College of DuPage on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, from 9:00am – 3:30pm!

The FAFSA Symposium provides an opportunity for schools to share best practices for supporting students in completing the FAFSA and the Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid. This event will provide professionals with the opportunity to strengthen student support around financial aid application completion and highlight financial aid completion efforts across the state.

Topics covered in this year's symposium will address the following themes:

  • Collaborate and leverage partnerships to improve financial aid application completion
  • Innovative strategies for increasing financial aid application completion
  • Navigate financial aid application completion amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Resources to support financial aid application completion
  • Targeted supports for high-need student populations


The symposium is free to attend! Registration is now open through September 1, 2022. The symposium is open to all college access professionals but directly aimed towards school counselors, college & career staff, and anyone who provides direct support to students on the financial aid process. Advance registration is required; walk-in registrations are not guaranteed. To register, vist our Eventbrite page!

Call for Proposals Due Wednesday, August 17

Attendees are encouraged to share their best practices, experiences, and resources on financial aid application completion, by submitting an online session proposal! The FAFSA Symposium brings together a broad group of professionals and offers them an opportunity to share best practices for financial aid application completion. Priority will be given to sessions submitted by August 17.

Session guidelines:

  • Each session will be scheduled for 45 minutes
  • Deadline – Completed session proposal forms must be submitted by Wednesday, August 17, 2022
  • No Presenter Compensation – ISAC does not provide any compensation for presenters accepted for the symposium. This includes compensation for travel-related expenses and hotel accommodations
  • Technology – Presenters are responsible for providing their own laptop and adapter, if needed for the presentation
  • Non-Commercial Policy – Sessions are to be non-commercial forums. Individuals should refrain from using brand names or endorsing specific products. Sessions are not to be used as a place for direct promotion of products and services

For questions about the FAFSA Symposium, contact ISAC’s Professional Development staff at isac.outreachtraining@illinois.gov.