NCAN Event: Moving the Needle on FAFSA Completion

October 4, 2017
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Please join NCAN on Capitol Hill as Early FAFSA turns one year old for “Moving the Needle on FAFSA Completion,” a discussion about the impact of policy changes to the FAFSA. We will:

  • Hear a keynote address by Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office
  • Learn about the relationship between poverty level and FAFSA completion documented in a new NCAN report being released at the event
  • Discuss the impact of changes to the field with a panel of advisors and association representatives led by Jeff Selingo, who wrote about case studies in Early FAFSA implementation in another paper being released at the event

What: Moving the Needle on FAFSA Completion
When: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Where: Top of the Hill Conference Center, 1 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington, D.C. 20002


11:30 AM Registration Opens

12:00 PM Networking Lunch

12:30 PM Key Note Address: Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, COO of Federal Student Aid

1:30 PM The Relationship between School District Poverty Levels and FAFSA Completion

2:00 PM Practitioner Discussion: How Changes to Federal Financial-Aid Policy Can Broaden Access to Higher Education

  • Panelists: Rachel Gentry, Heather Durosko, and Gena Boling 

3:00 PM Closing Remarks, NCAN

Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with lunch and the program scheduled from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. RSVP to Graduate Policy Intern Shelbe Klebs.


Rachel Gentry is a native of Greensboro, North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with BAs in Public Policy and Psychology and a Minor in Education. She spent two years working with the Carolina College Advising Corps, serving as a College Adviser in two public high schools where she supported low-income, first-generation, underrepresented students through the college application and financial aid process. She is currently a first-year in the Higher Education Masters program at the University of Maryland, and ultimately hopes to work in the realm of college access and affordability. She has specific interests in state-system higher education policy, college access for undocumented students, and community college transfer student retention.

Heather Durosko
is the Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives at the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) where she is responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating cross-departmental projects in educational content and policy. She also serves as the association’s Current Trends and Future Issues Committee liaison. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology education from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in education policy studies from The George Washington University.

Gena Boling is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at the University of Missouri. Gena has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Archaeology and a Master of Business Administration degree and fifteen years of experience in higher education administration. She has held positions in both in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs – and enjoys blurring the lines between the two.  Gena is passionate about college access and student engagement and seeks out student friendly ways to implement student aid regulations and requirements. Gena led the University of Missouri team in implementing Early FAFSA and Prior-Prior Year and is pleased with the outcome of their work.

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