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15th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposium

MAY 20-21, 2024

Hyatt Regency Crystal City
@Reagan Airport

Washington, DC


iiBIG’s 15th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposium, will take May 20-21, 2024 in the Washington DC area. The conference will be held at the Crystal City Hyatt @ Ronald Reagan Airport. 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. Attendance at our in-person events has averaged between 125-150 and, early indications are that this year’s IN-PERSON conference will continue this trend.

Now that the student loan repayment freeze has been lifted; and, the SCOTUS decision has “somewhat” clarified loan forgiveness issues, the 2024 event promises to draw a larger audience than ever!


The 15th Annual Education Finance & Loan Symposium will feature 30+ 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


Interactive, roundtable presentations and discussions will focus on timely information on topics including:

  • Opening KEYNOTE Panel: State of the Public & Private Education Finance and Student Lending Industry in 2024 & Beyond
  • Higher Education Regulatory Roundtable
  • Drinking from a Fire Hose: Student Loan Servicing Roundtable
  • Education Finance Capital Markets Roundtable
  • PART I: Private Student Lending: The Road Ahead for Private Originations & Refinancing
  • PART II: Private Student Lending: EdTech/FinTech Innovators Roundtable
  • Private Equity, VC & Strategic Investor Roundtable:
    Investment and M&A Opportunities in the Business of Higher Education Finance
  • Student Loan Forgiveness in the Aftermath of the SCOTUS Decision: An Update
  • College and University Financial Aid Roundtable

    To indicate which of the above topics are of interest to you – or to suggest topics not on the list – please go to our online JOIN OUR FACULTY page and let us know what’s on your mind


    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 2023.  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


    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 the executive 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:

    Hank Woji,
    SVP, Business Development, 

    Phone: 516-692-9836



    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:

    Stacy Lavender, 
    Marketing Consultant, 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: