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2019 Education Finance & Loan Symposium

MAY 24-25, 2021
UNTIL Q4 2021


Hilton Crystal City,
Washington, DC


iiBIG’s 12th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposiumwill take place, IN-PERSON, in the 4th Quarter of 2021, at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel at the Reagan National Airport (in Washington DC). Of course, like all things impacted by Covid-19, this schedule change assumes that the pandemic restrictions on such meetings will have been lifted by then.  The specific dates will be announced as we get closer to the event.  Speakers, sponsors and attendees that have already been confirmed based on the earlier scheduled dates (as shown in these pages) have been carried over to the new dates in the 4th Quarter, 2021.

In the meantime – since major policy changes are undoubtedly being made by President Joe Biden’s Department of Education – we will be announcing a VIRTUAL Zoom Education Finance conference which will take place in the 2nd Quarter, 2021 (specific dates TBA).  All conference topics will be updated (and, in some cases, new faculty will be added) to reflect and inform how the Biden Administration’s policy changes will affect the key players in the education finance arena.

We are proud that this iiBIG 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 2021
  • Private Lenders Roundtable: Originating Private Student Loans in a New Era
  • Employer Student Loan Repayment Plans: How employerscan reduce outstanding Student Loan Debt & Retain Valuable Employees
  • Income Share Agreements: A rapidly growing Student Loan product that aligns borrowing and realistic projections offuture income
  • Loan Servicing Dynamics: Expanding Servicing Options for Private, State & 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 – what’s new?
  • 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


    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 2021.  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

    **Registrations in the Institutional Investor / Government / Academic category are subject to qualification review / 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


    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:

    Don Buford, 
    Founder & CEO, iiBIG 
    Phone: 212-300-2521



    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


    Continuing Education Credits (e.g. CLE, CPE, CME, etc.) may be available for iiBIG conference attendees. 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.

    CE CreditsInternational 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: