the student experience


The Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit (HEFWS)  is a conference that, since its inception, has been a venue traditionally for professionals looking to grow or build their student financial wellness and education efforts across their campuses. In 2019, we seek to expand our offerings to student attendees by creating a space where students can learn in the same vein.

The inclusion of students into our conference offerings would contribute to the community engagement and continue to expand the financial wellness conversation further across the country. The HEFW Student Experience would be largely focused around a full-day, pre-conference workshop where students can interact with one another to:


  • Learn from speakers for training/development purposes


  • Learn from each other about the financial wellness practices across different campuses


  • Strengthen financial wellness peer programs in early development


  • Share ideas on how to build/improve more established programs and develop best practices.



how to attend the student experience


All students will be required to submit applications to attend The HEFW Student Experience. They will be asked to submit both a written and video portion as part of their application along with a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member. The selection committee will select students to attend The HEFW Student Experience. Students who are accepted and receive a scholarship will receive the benefits listed on this page. Those accepted who do not receive a scholarship will need to pay the $150 registration fee (which allows the student to attend both The Student Experience and Summit) and cover their own travel expenses. The Summit will provide the same meals listed as part of the scholarship package.

We encourage applications from students who are involved in financial wellness peer programs, those who have a stake in building programs or those wanting to develop financial wellness initiatives in their campus communities, as well as student leaders and students who are actively engaged in advocacy on their campuses.

The Student Experience takes place all day Saturday, July 13 and in the morning on Sunday, July 14 until 12:00pm EDT. Students are welcome to attend HEFW Pre-Conference sessions that begin after The Student Experience ends between 1:00-4:00pm EDT on Sunday. However, to attend one of the Pre-Conference sessions, students will be expected to pay the $40 attendance rate. The HEFW Summit will begin with an opening keynote speaker at 5:00pm EDT on July 14.

Please note that all recommender forms will be sent out after the application deadline.

sponsor a student

If you are interested in helping fund a student to attend The Student Experience, there are a few ways that you are able:

Individuals will be able to contribute whatever amount they are able by clicking the button below.

Sponsors will be able to contribute to The Student Experience via two (2) methods:

  • Sponsor at the "student experience" level, will help fund the equivalent of two students to attend. 

  • Contribute via a la carte option

    • Sponsor toward the cost of one student ($800)

    • Sponsor a meal for all students during The Student Experience

    • Sponsor a break during The Student Experience

For more information about how to contribute to a student attending the Summit, click below:

One scholarship package (valued at $800) will include:

  • Registration to:

    • The Student Experience for Saturday, July 13

    • The remainder of the HEFW Summit July 14-16

  • Travel

    • $200 stipend toward travel to/from the Summit

  • Lodging:

    • Lodging will be provided in on-campus housing at Willkie Residence Center with single-occupancy, air-conditioned rooms and 2 rooms to each full bathroom.

    • Rooms are equipped with single bed, desk, closet, desk lamp, 2 bed sheets, 2 towels, a pillow, pillow case and lightweight coverlet; free AT&T wifi.

  • Food:

    • Meals during The Student Experience

    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on Saturday, July 13

    • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks July 14-16

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