In case you were wondering about the absence of the SLA Blog at the end of last week, there was a flurry of activity on the conference front:
- Consumer Banker's Association (Washington, DC) on December 10th; presented this information about the structure of private student loans: Download CBA_Conference_December0809
- California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association (CCCSFAAA) conference (San Jose, CA) on December 11th; presented on "Changing Landscape of Financial Literacy Programs For College Students:" Download Community_Colleges_CA_121109
- Graduate/Professional Symposium at the CASFAA Conference (San Jose, CA) on December 11th (thankfully down the hall from the CCCSFAAA conference); presented this information on "Trends in Private Student Loan Market:" Download CASFAA_Graduate_Symposium
A big thanks go out to David Levy at Scripps College and Margaret Carothers at Pitzer College as well as the CASFAA association. Following my presentation in San Jose, to my surprise, I received the CASFAA Creative Leadership Award based on David and Margaret's nomination, for which I am very grateful.
As the year comes to a close, it is also a great opportunity to thank all those who support SLA's efforts. Here are just some of the ways you help:
- Our clients who use SLA's services to help them select the best lenders for their students.
- Those in the financial aid community who complete the SLA Flash Surveys, which provide the community with timely information about topics that matter to you.
- Those supporters who provide timely and insightful responses to my emails (you know who you are!) when I have ideas to bounce around (a bit too often, perhaps) or need clarification on a particular issue.
- Those who send unsolicited emails to me with comments about a blog post you agreed with (or disagreed with). It is nice to know when a reader has found value in the work that SLA Blog has done (so keep them coming!) It is also great to hear different perspectives on an issue when readers might disagree with something that I have written.
- Those who bring to my attention breaking news or issues that I might want to consider including in the blog. You give me a research team with far greater capabilities than SLA could afford.
- Those of you who read the blog and let me know that it has become as routine as your cup of coffee in the morning...your encouragement and support keep me going when the clock nears midnight and I am scrambling to write additional posts!