The Pell Institute is excited to host its 41st Student Financial Aid Research Network (SFARN) Conference on July 10-12 in Washington, DC. The conference is a prime venue for leading financial aid researchers and practitioners to network and share expertise with colleagues from colleges and universities, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations.

The central theme for this conference is equitable financial aid practices and policies at local, state, and federal levels. We welcome sessions focused on new and recently completed research on student aid issues such as federal policy changes, college food insecurity, student loan debt, low-income and non-traditional access, and the overarching theme of how students and their families are paying for college.



Proposal Forms should be submitted by 5:00 PM EST/4:00 PM CST on APRIL 15, 2024.

Presentation Type

Research Presentations      

Research presentations are roughly, a formal 30-minute presentation of completed or nearly-completed academic studies, policy reports, or other empirical research work. These presentations should address research motivation and questions, data and methods, findings, and implications for policy and practice. Presenters should be prepared to answer questions from audience members following their formal remarks, but generally, these sessions will be less interactive than the other formats. 


Poster Presentation             

Posters are ideal for those who wish to share and receive feedback on a research project, policy paper, or other work that is still in progress. Authors will have the opportunity to discuss their work in informal conversations with interested participants. 


Symposium/Policy Talk      

A symposium or policy talk consists of in-depth conversations and diverse perspectives on a topic related to student financial aid. Ideally, these presentations should combine researchers from different disciplines; mix academic scholars, policymakers, and practitioners; and/or include researchers with opposing views. These sessions should also encourage interaction between and among presenters and the audience. A typical symposium might include brief presentations from the panelists, Q&A from a moderator, and time for discussion and debate. These sessions will be allocated 60 minutes. 

Please select a presentation type from below *
At the time of submission, is this research complete? *
If not, will it be completed by July 2022?
Would this be your first time presenting at SFARN? *
Where did you hear about the conference and Call for Proposals? *