2018 WFAA Annual Conference

At the Yakima Convention Center in Yakima, WA

October 10-12th, 2018

Yakima Convention Center at dusk

This year’s conference will be located in the beautiful town of Yakima at the Yakima Convention Center.  The conference will give you an opportunity to not only develop as a professional, but to network and explore the wonderful Valley of Yakima.  This year’s agenda will include presentations from our regional (WASFAA) and national (NASFAA) professional organizations, as well as interest sessions from federal and state leaders.  The keynote speech on Wednesday, October 10th, will be from Roger Fernandez, a Native American Artist and storyteller.

Roger Fernandez, or Kawasa, as his fellow members of the Lower Elwha Band of S'Klallam Indians near Port Angeles call him, has strong feelings about how stories should be shared: "The true power of storytelling comes when the moisture of the teller's breath gives life and power to the story."

Download the conference one-pager.

Interest Session Proposals:

Submit your conference interest session proposal today by completing theInterest Session Proposal Form! Deadline has been extended to August 10th.We are looking for presenters to propose a variety of topics (including financial aid-specific topics, general professional development topics and best practices that you've learned along the way). We encourage you to get creative!! If you are passionate about a topic and would like to share it with your colleagues, now is your chance!

Hotel Reservation Information:

  • Holiday Inn Express - 1001 E Staff Sgt Pendleton Way, Yakima, WA 98901 (0.3 mile from Convention Center)

The Holiday Inn Express conference rate is $93 for a single occupancy or $113 for double occupancy, plus taxes and charges*.  Check-in begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 12 p.m. 

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (509) 249-1000 and just give the name Washington Financial Aid Conference.
Free parking available.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, and indoor pool are included. Hot breakfast bar included for all hotel guests.

  • Holiday Inn Yakima - 802 E Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA 98901 (0.1 mile from Convention Center)

The Holiday Inn conference rate is $93 for a single occupancy or $113 for double occupancy, plus taxes and charges*.  Check-in begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 12 p.m. 

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at (509) 494-7000-1000 and just give the name Washington Financial Aid Conference and dates.
Free parking available.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center, and indoor pool are included. Hot breakfast bar not included (Note: Breakfast will be provided for all conference attendees at the Yakima Convention Center).

*Please note that nightly rates are based on state per-diem rates and may be subject to change based on adjustments to travel reimbursement rates published by the Washington State OFM.