Posted Date: September 30, 2016

Author:  Gabrielle Turner, Chief Communications Officer, Federal Student Aid

Subject: 2016 Federal Student Aid Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals: Update #2: Agenda, Session Descriptions and Lodging Rate Increase for FY 2017

The Federal Student Aid Training Conference for Financial Aid Professionals will be held in Atlanta, GA at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) November 29 through December 2, 2016. To date, there are nearly 4,000 financial aid professionals registered.  To register now, please visit

There are several important updates on our website

  • Agenda and session descriptions are posted
  • Resource Center descriptions are posted
  • Instructions for scheduling one-on-one appointments with a training officer at the Ask-A-Fed area in the Resource Center are posted

Lodging Per Diem Rate Increase:  The GSA increased the lodging per diem rate in Atlanta from $138 to $140
We would like to inform you of a rate change to the discounted hotel accommodations offered to FSA Training Conference attendees.  FSA was able to negotiate an attendee rate at the prevailing government per diem rate.  The rate for fiscal year (FY) 16 was $138.00 per night, which is the rate under which you may have secured your room(s).  However, the government per diem for Atlanta will increase to $140.00 for FY17, which begins on October 1, 2016. Please be prepared to pay the nightly rate of $140.00 if you have secured lodging at the contracted hotels. 

Sleeping Room Availability
The Omni Hotel at CNN Center, Hyatt Regency Atlanta and the Westin Peachtree Plaza are sold out.

Sleeping rooms are still available at one other official overflow hotel:  the Hilton Atlanta.  Information to secure lodging can be found at Rooms are selling out fast, so be sure to book your room ASAP.

Please note: While all overflow hotels are within a walkable distance from the conference, FSA will provide complimentary transportation to and from the GWCC to attendees staying at designated overflow hotels listed on the website.


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