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iiBIG’s 11th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposium, will take place in Arlington, VA on May 7-8, 2019. This event has become known as the only conference of its kind to attract a 360-degree cross-section of all the key players in the education finance/student loan industry. Over 150 attended last year’s event – and early indications are that this year’s conference – like the industry itself – will continue this upward trend.


Interactive, roundtable presentations and discussions, will focus on topics such as:

  • Opening KEYNOTE Panel: State of the Education Finance and Lending Industry in 2018
  • Private Lenders Roundtable: Originating Student Loans in a New Era
  • Loan Servicing Dynamics: Expanding Servicing Options for Federal Student Loans?
  • The EdTech Revolution: How are EdTech Innovations Changing Higher Education Delivery-Models?
  • College and University Roundtable: An Update from Financial Aid Leaders from For-profit and Non-profit Schools
  • Student Loans Collection Trends: Dealing with Distress and Re-financing Issues
  • State/Federal Roundtable: Legal/Regulatory Outlook for Student Loans at the State & Federal Level in the Age of Trump
  • Valuation and Securitization Trends: Mature versus Emerging Platforms
  • Online Non-Bank Student Loan Lending: The Growing Role of Marketplace Lenders in the Student Loan Market

Washington DC – April 26, 2019 – iiBIG (International Institute for Business Information & Growth) announced today, that Dr. A. Wayne Johnson, the Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer for Federal Student Aid, at the U.S. Depart of Education (DoE) will be delivering the Keynote Address at the “11thAnnual Education Finance and Loan Symposium.”  The topic of Dr. Johnson’s address will be, “FSA NextGen: An Update on the latest from the U.S. Department of Education.”

This private event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at Reagan National Airport (Arlington, VA), on May 7th& 8th.  This 11thAnnual symposium is a private forum that is not open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend must register. To do so, interested parties may REGISTER HERE.

“This is the second time Dr. Johnson will have been the keynote speaker at this event,” said Don Buford, Founder & CEO of iiBIG.  “With Student Loans representing one of our nation’s largest debt pools, and with ever-changing policies and proposals from the DoE affecting Student Loans, Dr. Johnson, brings an unparalleled insight regarding the latest developments in Federal Student Loan policies,” Buford added.

The 11th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposium will feature 40+ expert speakers and presenters – from both the private and the public sector – along with other key industry participants in the education finance and student loan markets.


Representatives from higher education (including US- and Internationally-based for-profit and non-profit colleges and universities), investors, banks, online marketplace and other alternative lenders, loan servicers, ratings agencies, regulators, attorneys and more will join us again in 2018. More specifically attendees will include:

  • Student Loan Lenders and Providers
  • For- and Not-for-Profit Institutions of Higher Ed
  • Investment Bankers and Capital Market Specialists
  • Cloud-based Online Marketplace Lending Platforms
  • Institutional Investors
  • Asset Backed Securities Professionals
  • Financial Aid Officers
  • Government Regulators
  • Student Aid Representatives
  • Student Aid Administrators
  • Student Loan Servicers
  • Student Loan Investors
  • Student Loan Guarantors
  • Asset Managers
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Credit Union Officers
  • Credit Managers
  • Rating Agencies
  • Credit Analysts
  • Corporate Finance Professionals
  • Trustees
  • Attorneys
  • Student Loan Consultants
  • Hedge Fund Investors
  • Corporate Issuers
Registration Rate

This rate applies to for-profit lenders, investment banks, investment consultants, law firms, private equity, ratings agencies, accounting firms, and other financial service providers.


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Institutional Investor, Government, Academic Rate

This rate applies to institutional investors, such as pension plans, endowments, foundations: Government regulators; and Academic Financial Aid Officers.



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Team Discounts
For Groups of 3+

Rates for GROUPS OF THREE (3) or More
Significant discounts are available for groups of three (3) or more.

For more information, contact:

Hank Woji, VP Business Development, iiBIG
Phone: 512-692-9839 | Email: HankW@iiBIG.com

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*Special Notice regarding Early-Bird Registrations: Registrations must be PAID on or before expiration date of the early-bird discount. To insure lowest rates, it is advised that payment be made to “iiBIG” by credit card simultaneous with online registration. If payment is not received on or before the early-bird deadline, the amount due will be increased to the amount that is applicable on the date that payment is received.

**Special Note regarding Investor Rate: To qualify for the investor rate, registrants must be investors directly employed by buy-side firms investing in securitized products whose principal professional responsibilities include investment analysis, investment decision-making, and/or portfolio management functions. Qualified registrants must also be directly involved in their firm’s investment in securitized products. All registrations are subject to review and approval.


Applications are now being reviewed from executives who wish to contribute as members of our Executive Speaking Faculty. If you have extensive knowledge of education finance/student loans and would like to apply for a position on our speaking faculty please complete our online JOIN OUR FACULTY APPLICATION. Or contact:

Don Buford,
Founder & CEO, iiBIG 
Phone: 212-300-2521
Email: DonB@iibig.com



Conference sponsorship provides an opportunity for companies seeking increased brand awareness and a platform to demonstrate expertise, products, or services. If confirmed early, conference sponsorship may include the opportunity to be represented on the executive speaking faculty. For more information, contact:

Hank Woji,
VP, Business Development, iiBIG 

Phone: 512-692-9839
Email: HankW@iiBIG.com 



Co-branding/marketing opportunities are available for publications, digital and print newsletters, professional associations, or other organizations that provide news and information to the education finance/student loan industry. For more information on these opportunities, please contact:

Marisa Colandrea,
Director, Meeting Planning & Logistics, iiBIG
Phone: 212-300-2522
Email: MarisaC@iiBIG.com 



Continuing Education Credits (e.g. CLE, CPE, CME, etc.) may be available for iiBIG conferences. Upon request conference attendees will be provided with a “Certificate of Attendance” and a copy of the conference agenda, showing topics, length of sessions, and name(s) and professional affiliation(s) of presenter(s) for each session. Attendees wishing to apply for continuing education credits for attending this conference may submit this documentation to the relevant organization in his/her state when applying for such credits.

International Institute for Business Information & Growth LLC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.