Webinar Series

Through our webinar and training series via Inceptia, a division of NSLP, you’ll have access to emerging trends and best practices from some of the higher education’s most respected and knowledgeable experts. With a variety of topics, Inceptia’s webinars will provide you with the necessary insight to make student success a reality on your campus. What’s more, archived webinars are available 24/7, allowing you to watch them when your schedule allows.


Upcoming Webinars

  • Sneaking Mindfulness into Real Life for Higher Ed Professionals

    Mindfulness may sound like a trendy buzzword that has more to do with yoga than higher education, but what if it could be used to help higher ed professionals decompress, handle work stress, and better serve students? And even if it did, who has the time?

    In this one-hour webinar, mindfulness coach Daron Larson will educate us on mindfulness benefits and application by:

    • Exploring how small behavioral changes lead to significant results over time
    • Learning how to add mindful awareness to existing habits and activities
    • Developing a simple, personal plan for incorporating a mindful awareness habit into your routine


On-Demand Webinars



  • Strategic Enrollment Management: Leveraging Financial Aid by the Numbers

    In this one-hour webinar, Scott Cline, Vice President of Enrollment Management at California College of the Arts and Carissa Uhlman, Vice President of Student Success at Inceptia will discuss data and the use of data analytics in financial aid and enrollment. The presentation will cover:

    • General understanding of the use of data analysis and predictive analytics
    • Accessing the right financial aid data to support recruitment goals
    • Evaluation of data for continual improvement
    • Real-world scenarios from the California College of the Arts on the vital role data has played in reshaping financial aid awarding and meeting recruitment goals
    • ROI and future trends


  • Verification: What We Have Learned, What We Recommend and How We Can Best Help Students

    Verification—it strikes fear into the hearts of not only students but financial aid administrators everywhere. This cumbersome process can test the limits of any financial aid office and can lead to the unfortunate delay of educational goals for students who become overwhelmed in the process. Having processed thousands of verifications for schools across the country, Deana Unger will present a critical reflection on current trends, challenges, and opportunities, with the goal of significantly improving the user experience and combating verification melt. Scott Lapinski will join in as we share insights on top verification errors, student inquiries, recommendations for efficient processes, and student support tips including a use case from the University of Texas at Tyler.


  • Strategic Enrollment Management: Leveraging Financial Aid

    The problem – your school has aggressive recruitment and retention goals. The Enrollment Office is off and running to meet those goals and while you know financial aid is critical to the mix, you’re unsure how to build a strong partnership and showcase the value your department provides to students.


    In this one-hour webinar, Amy Cable, Executive Director, Enrollment Management Support at the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) and Sue Downing, Senior Vice President of Inceptia will present an overview of Strategic Enrollment Management and the vital role financial aid plays in meeting enrollment goals. The presentation will cover:

    • General understanding of Strategic Enrollment Management
    • Getting a seat at the table and showcasing your value
    • Development of financial aid strategies to support recruitment and enrollment goals
    • Real-world scenarios from the LCTCS on developing an integrated enrollment and financial aid strategy
    • Future trends in Strategic Enrollment Management


  • Connecting With Students Through Collaboration

    Join Sydney Meimann from the University of Cincinnati’s Money Management Task Force for ideas and tips on ways to leverage cross-department relationships in an effort to best connect with students. Who can be your best ally in reaching students when it comes to financial education?


  • FAFSA Toolkit Express: Free Resources to Promote FAFSA Completion

    When it comes to nudging students to complete the FAFSA, you can never have enough tools to spread the message – but who has the time or resources to create a comprehensive FAFSA communication plan?


    Join our half-hour express session to explore all the features of the FAFSA toolkit, including:

    • Checklists
    • Web banners
    • Postcards, emails, and posters
    • Even a verification video, and more!


  • The ABC’s of Gen Z: Adapting Financial Aid Practices for Effective Outcomes

    Now is the time to start thinking about new communications for the school year to engage your Gen Z students! This generation of students grew up with cellphones in hand but rarely make phone calls. As “digital natives,” they demand that schools employ technology and online solutions to address what have traditionally been paper-driven processes. Thus, learning their language and partnering with technology can help colleges & universities adapt to these bright young minds.


  • Student Insights: Financial Behaviors and Issues of Inequity

    While Inceptia’s latest student survey shows disparity between what students know about money versus how they behave, it’s not always just a matter of putting knowledge into action. Issues of inequity that arise from gender, race, and home and food insecurity can also affect our students’ ability to improve financial wellbeing.


    This 1-hour session will combine the best research and ideas from our previous webinars to foster understanding and share best practices regarding:

    1. Aligning financial education with student misperceptions
    2. Recognizing issues of inequity pertaining to race, gender, and socioeconomic status
    3. Case studies for developing financial education training and resources that address these systemic barriers


  • Building a Better Award Letter: Providing Information that Really Helps Students and Families

    Award letters are a key to student recruitment, but today’s award letters are hard to decipher for families as they try to make decisions on the best fit for their prospective student. The format is inconsistent, terminology is confusing and bottom-line cost is too hard to figure out. What can you do when 63% of recently enrolled and prospective students note feeling lost when searching for college or financial aid options?


    Join us as we look at how to build a better award letter noting studies on award letter pitfalls and improvements for content, brand and student experience to help families make better financial decisions.


  • Handling Money Like a #GirlBoss: Empowering Women Through Financial Literacy
    In honor of Equal Pay Day, join Inceptia to learn more about what the financial education community can do to address the unique financial struggles that women face. Guest speakers will include Sophia Bera, founder of Gen Y Planning and CNBC contributor, and Jennifer Hemphill, an Accredited Financial Counselor and host of the Her Money Matters podcast. They’ll share their insights into the female financial literacy gap, challenges facing minority women, and suggestions for empowering female students to take control of their finances.


  • Loan Summary: Helping Students, Helping Schools

    Loan summaries, or debt letters, have become a mandated requirement for colleges and universities across the country, with national legislation under consideration. Now is the time to learn more about how Inceptia’s Loan Summary can help you!


    This webinar will breakdown what makes a successful debt letter, examine results from debt letter campaigns at three major colleges, and speak to Robert Fahy from Rutgers University regarding the adoption and implementation of Loan Summary at their campus.


  • Financial Education in the Age of FOMO

    How can we prepare students to say no in a world of nonstop peer pressure to spend, while technology makes it ever easier to do so?


    In this one-hour webinar, we’ll explore the effects of social media on spending and saving, the drawbacks of fintech, and how we can tailor financial education programs to inform and empower students to resist.



  • Same Campus, Miles Apart: Addressing the Racial Wealth Divide
    This one-hour webinar combines thought-provoking research and practice to examine how minority students struggle against systemic economic disparity. With expert speakers from Prosperity Now, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota – Duluth, attendees will learn about:
    • Data surrounding the current realities of how people of color are impacted by racial wealth inequality, and practical solutions on how practitioners can better serve students to improve their financial stability
    • How to introduce students to the topic via course integration
    • How to provide peer mentor training that incorporates discussion and reflection on economic inequality


  • How Are Students Really Managing Finances? Results from a Multiyear Behavioral Assessment
    Join us for Inceptia’s first multi-year research project, in which we worked with over 60,000 students from across the country to gain insight into their personal finance successes and challenges. From credit, to student loans, to alternative banking, the assessment was designed to gauge a full range of financial capability markers. The results can help all financial education advocates keep their finger on the pulse of what students know, what they think they know, and areas in which we can help bridge the gap.


  • A Little Nudge Goes a Long Way: Helping Students Help Themselves
    This session will explore the why, how, and when of nudge theory. A case study from Indiana University will demonstrate how a simple letter nudged students toward better borrowing habits. Finally, we’ll discuss guidelines and ideas for utilizing nudge theory at your campus. Attendees will come away from this session with:
    1. A practical understanding of nudge theory and its role in financial education programming
    2. Tips and ideas from the Indiana University case study
    3. A guide to creating nudge-based financial education initiatives



  • Full Minds, Empty Stomachs: Food Insecurity on Campus
    As part of our Financial Capability Month series, Inceptia explores the growing epidemic of students going hungry on campus. In this one hour webinar, we’ll discuss how food insecurity happens in such a food-rich environment, and how going hungry impacts every area of life for these students. Utilizing a body of growing research, we’ll look at how some institutions are working to tackle this problem head on. Finally, we’ll hear from one school on what it takes to open and run a campus food pantry, as they provide insights from their first year of operation.


  • Teaching Them to Fish: Empowering Students Through Financial Self Advocacy
    Inceptia welcomes James McCarthy, former FDIC and CFPB member, for an informative one hour webinar regarding the top financial issues of which students must be wary and for which they must develop their own advocacy skills. From credit card fraud to ID theft to student loan complaints and more, we’ll provide practical talking points to help foster productive conversations with your students and resources to help them take action. Attendees of this webinar will benefit from James’ insider expertise to resolving financial issues, and will receive access to our financial advocacy resource guide.



  • Drowning in process? A service partner can help!
    Financial aid professionals continue to be some of the busiest people on campus. With staffing constraints, shrinking budgets, increased regulatory requirements, data security concerns, and trying to serve students who expect modern, streamlined, user-friendly experiences, institutions are constantly challenged to get everything done. Working with a service partner can help schools provide more personalized service to students and their families while reducing the need for time-intensive technical support and regulatory compliance updates.


  • Protecting Your Students’ Data
    Reserve your spot in our one-hour webinar with Art Provost, Director of Corporate Security, as he talks about the top five pitfalls to data security connected to the ED guidance and how Inceptia has overcome them. Your ability to keep your students’ sensitive data (both online and on paper) secure is more critical than ever. A data breach results in reputational and financial consequences; and it could lead to identity theft and fraudulent activity. Security preparedness is not only a key to understanding the constant threats in the environment but also a regulatory requirement. It’s even up to you to understand how data is protected when partnering with a third party.


  • The Impact of Financial Wellness: Trends, Research and Case Studies from the Experts
    In honor of Financial Capability Month, Inceptia will host Bryan Ashton, Director of Student and Institutional Success at TG, and Phil Schuman, Director of Financial Literacy, Indiana University, as they discuss the impact of financial wellness programming on college campuses. As co-founders of the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit, Bryan and Phil have designed this webinar to empower those who are working actively to implement financial wellness programs, providing case studies of successful methods for establishing financial wellness and financial literacy programs on college campuses. Additionally, Bryan and Phil will provide recommendations for cross-campus collaboration, explore the impact of student finances on student success, and present a case study illustrating the tie between student success and financial wellness.


  • The Financial Aid Office in Transition: What’s Ahead for 2017
    Join Inceptia for a one-hour webinar as we host Justin Chase Brown for a discussion on issues and challenges facing the financial aid office. Justin will examine the interwoven needs of enrollment management initiatives and financial aid practices, and how big data influences all facets of operations. He’ll discuss utilizing social media to better serve students and families, as well as how to communicate across generational divides. Finally, the political winds of change will be addressed as Justin looks at potential shifts in bureaucracy, deregulation, privatization and free college initiatives.


  • One Letter, Big Results: Using Debt Letters to Encourage Smart Borrowing

    Join us as we present the findings from our latest research brief, “Loan Summaries: Nudging Students Toward Responsible Borrowing.” We will examine preliminary results of institutional loan summary initiatives at three large universities and the science behind effective debt letters. A case study from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities will demonstrate how the school is integrating letters into student portals as well as training staff to address responsible borrowing during standard student interactions. Finally, we’ll discuss strategies for integrating loan summaries into broader financial education programs to support student success.



  • Financial Aid Management Practices: The Benefits of Outsourcing Verification
    Join Inceptia as we present highlights from our latest research brief, “Progressive Financial Aid Management Practices: The Benefits of Outsourcing Verification.” We will look at the pain points financial aid professionals are experiencing today, according to the latest NASFAA data. We’ll also address the benefits of outsourcing verification and their impact on helping institutions refocus their resources, get a positive return on investment and built their reputation as an innovative higher education industry leader.


  • The ROI of Financial Education
    Join us as we present the findings from our latest research brief, “The ROI of Financial Education.” We will examine the effects of financial education on student satisfaction and financial stress levels, retention and cohort default rates, and lifelong financial behaviors. A simplified review of the numbers will provide a basis for calculating the return on investment for financial education programs, and we’ll share examples of recognized institutional success through financial education initiatives.