Ensuring a Good Financial Fit: The Critical Role of Financial Aid Advising

Join us for the 1st PDI of 2018-19!

Friday, September 21st     7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Co-presented with the Missouri Association of Financial Aid Personnel (MASFAP)


Location: Saint Louis University Busch Student Center, Room 253

Free to Attend: Program registration includes light breakfast and working lunch. St. Louis Graduates Professional Development Institute (PDI) attendance is free of charge. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged. You must register to attend.

Who should attend? Counselors and advisors who work with current high school and college students on college access and success, financial aid professionals.

REGISTER TODAY!  (Registration via the EdPlus online system)

Note: If you are a MASFAP member and registered through their registration link, you do not need to register here as well.


  • Using data to drive FAFSA completion in Missouri and in your school - breakfast and Keynote with Missouri Commissioner of Higher Education Zora Mulligan 
  • Getting to our comfort zone with financial aid advising - tips and strategies from veteran counselors Julie Kampschroeder at Ritenour, Amber Mitchell at Jennings and Desiree Speed at SLPS
  • FAFSA updates and supporting students through verification with Teresa Steinkamp from The Scholarship Foundation of St.Louis and Caitlyn Meyer at the University of Missouri-Columbia
  • What to expect when reading an award letter - small group discussions with university financial aid officers
  • What students need to know about loans and scholarships - Melissa Findley of Missouri Scholarship &  Loan Foundation and Ellen Vietor of Scholarship Central







Thank you to The Norman J. Stupp Foundation, Commerce Bank trustee, and The Pettus Foundation for support of the St. Louis Graduates Professional Development Institute (PDI).