Location: San Diego, CA ●
Certification Credits: 10 IACP/10 BCP/13.0 CPE
A proactive, organized approach to financial aid can reduce the headaches involved with awarding families, making the process strategic and stress-free. Discover how to develop a mission-appropriate financial aid program that serves as a tool to help you award appropriately, boost revenue, achieve your enrollment goals, and advance your mission.
This workshop takes place at the 2019 ISM Expo.
This workshop runs concurrently with the ISM Expo, a track-driven event that provides a broad overview of research and theory to help your school thrive. Take advantage of networking sessions to meet new peers and discover new strategies. Learn more here.
Just the words "financial aid" are enough to bring a moan, or at least a heartfelt sigh, from even the most seasoned administrators. The paperwork, the stress, the phone calls from parents, the difficulty in matching available funds to evident need—these are just some of the headaches that come with making financial aid decisions at private-independent schools.
However, a proactive, organized approach to financial aid can ease the process significantly, allowing you to award financial aid strategically and stress-free. Accordingly, this workshop will help you develop a mission-appropriate financial aid program that serves as a tool to help you award families appropriately, boost revenue, achieve your enrollment goals, and advance your mission.
- Explore the core rationales and strategic budgets for awarding financial aid.
- Learn the six must-do steps to setting up a mission-appropriate financial aid program with your Financial Aid Committee.
- Discover the exact formula for filling empty seats and boosting revenue growth with the financial aid dollars you have.
- Hear the key mistake schools make when trying to use their financial aid to boost enrollment, which can result in a long-term downward spiral of tuition prices.
- Receive a sample financial aid "mission statement" that will drive the focus and purpose of your school's financial aid program.
Who Should Attend:
Business Managers, CFOs, School Heads, Admission Directors, Financial Aid Directors, and Board Members should attend.
Participants may earn up to 13 CPE credits for this workshop.
Independent School management 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.
In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE Credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour.
- Program level: Overview
- Prerequisite: None
- Advanced Preparation: If attendees are asked to bring any school data with them, they each will receive this list prior to the start of the workshop.
- Field of Study: Management Services
- Delivery Method: Group Live
- See Administrative Policies below for Record Retention, Tuition, Complaint Resolution, Cancellation, Course Update, and Refund policies.
ISM will maintain all workshop records electronically for for five years. This includes:
- Dates dates and locations; course materials; presentations.
Faculty roster, contact information, and biographies (also included in the workbook)
- Individual registration/participation records
- Individual session attendance transcripts with CPE credits earned
- Certificates of Completion
- Primary workshop marketing material (pdf form)
- Evaluation results and reports
Past attendees may request their individual records by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and indicating their name, school, and year they attended the workshop.
Full tuition payment is expected at time of registration.Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.
ISM takes feedback and evaluations very seriously, and we offer up to a 100% refund to individuals who are not satisfied with their experience. ISM strives to give every registered attendee the best experience possible.
During the workshop we ask that attendees bring issues to the attention of the ISM staff either in person or via email. We will do everything in our power to correct the situation on site.
We review every end-of-course evaluation form closely. The workshop leaders and the ISM President review all evaluations and will address any below-average grade for refunds up to 100%.
After the workshop, registered attendees may direct any complaints to the ISM Workshops Department, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806 or email@example.com. Complaints will be taken to the ISM President for resolution.
Complaints regarding ISM as registered a sponsor may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. ISM’s Sponsor ID is 140060.
Jerry Chambers, BCP-E
Jerry’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, business office operations, human resources, financial analysis, advancement, admissions, and marketing.
Jerry began working with ISM in 2014 as a faculty member and joined the Consulting Team in 2016. In this role, he provides insight and recommended strategies for managing the business office, effective financial aid policies, strategic financial planning, and more.
In addition to his work at ISM, Jerry was the Chief Financial Officer for ten years at The First Academy, FL, a Preschool–12th grade private Christian school with more than 1,450 students.
Jerry had executive responsibilities over finance, operations, facilities, human resources, technology, admission, international student programs, marketing, the school store, and The Virtual Academy.
He helped the school experience a tremendous increase in growth and financial stability. Hard income that covers the operating budget increased from 92% to 108%. Receivables were reduced from $150,000 to an annual average of $4,780. Debt services were reduced 25% and replacement plans were established for Operations, Technology, and the Athletic Complex.
A school store was added and annual sales went from $6,000 to over $200,000. The school also initiated a technology plan of $1.8 million and completed a new middle school building and a new Field House gymnasium, raising $16.2 million to accomplish these projects.
Prior to joining ISM and The First Academy, Jerry worked at various senior-level positions in investment banking, retail, transportation, and logistics. In 2015, Jerry was honored as one of the top CFOs in Central Florida by The Orlando Business Journal.
Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance at The Ohio State University.
Regional Account Manager
Clint is a financial aid and tuition management specialist who has helped over 1,000 school leaders discover how to set mission-appropriate financial aid policies to sustain long-term viability.
As Regional Account Manager for ISM, Clint:
- Helps schools thrive by providing the tools to increase revenue and fill empty seats with mission-appropriate students
- Works side-by-side with schools to give them the confidence to make the best financial aid decisions for all parties involved
- Supports school leaders in supporting and sustaining their own mission with customized aid recommendations
Clint previously served as a Financial Aid Advisor at The Wealth Advocate Investment Group LLC and a Financial Advisor at 1847Financial. He also owned his own marketing organization, Losch Marketing.
Clint earned his bachelor’s degree in math and economics at Lafayette College.
Sunday, October 20
2:00–3:00 pm Registration
3:00–5:00 pm Session 1
5:00 pm Reception and Dinner
Monday, October 21
7:00 – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 am Session 2
9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote
10:15 – 10:30 am AM Break
10:30 – 12:15 pm Session 3
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 pm Session 4
3:00 – 3:15 pm PM Break
3:15 – 5:00 pm Session 5
5:00 pm Networking Reception
Tuesday, October 22
7:15 – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 10:00 am Session 6
10:00 – 10:15 am AM Break
10:15 – 12:00 pm Session 7
How to Book Your Room
Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108
ISM's room block is open for online or call in reservations.
- Use this link to make your reservations.
- Call the hotel directly at 619-297-5466 and ask for the Independent School Management or ISM room block.
Note: Do NOT make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a communication from ISM that the workshop is confirmed to run.
About the Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley puts you in the center of San Diego. The Mission Valley hotel is conveniently located next to the trolley stop, which offers easy transportation to a variety of the city’s top attractions including Old Town, Little Italy, Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, and San Diego State University.
It offers some of the largest guest rooms in Mission Valley and are pet-friendly. Each room has 400 sq. ft. of contemporary space with high-quality amenities. Standard Wi-Fi is complimentary for Hilton Honors members who book direct. It also offers an indoor and outdoor pool plus a 24-hour fitness center.
- Adjacent to the San Diego Trolley, it's a quick ride to historic Old Town and 10 minutes to downtown
- Walk/bike path to Fashion Valley Mall, connected to Hazard Center shops and restaurants
- Largest guest rooms in Mission Valley
- Heated indoor/outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, and business center
Things to do in San Diego
Located in the heart of Mission Valley, this DoubleTree hotel near the University of San Diego is just steps from the San Diego Trolley. This provides easy transport to a range of attractions, including the historic Gaslamp Quarter, SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium) and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
Indulge in some retail therapy at the Fashion Valley Mall, a large mall in San Diego with many fine shops, and within walking distance of the hotel. Discover the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld® San Diego, and LEGOLAND® California, or explore the museums and gardens of Balboa Park. Enjoy one of San Diego’s 94 championship golf courses, including world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.
How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?
It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:
You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these emails.
What does my registration fee include?
All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.
What is not included in my registration fee?
Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.
What should I wear?
Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.
What should I bring?
You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.
Can my special dietary requirements be met?
Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.
Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?
Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.
Confirmation and Cancellation Policy
We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)
Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs
Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806.
- Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
- There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
- Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.
The Substitution Option and Wallet Option
Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations.
- The school may substitute another employee.
- The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.
*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.
ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our events and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our events to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your event for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.
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