Professional Development

PNACAC Sponsored Events
NACAC Sponsored Events
Non-PNACAC Sponsored Events
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PNACAC Sponsored Events



NACAC's 73rd National Conference is in Boston, MA! To support two PNACAC members’ attendance at this year’s national conference, PNACAC is pleased to offer two $1250.00 High School Counselor Grants.

Conference Details: The NACAC National Conference will be held September 14 – 16, 2017, in Boston, MA.

Who can apply for this Grant? You can! Since grants are limited, this process will give priority to:

1.      Public high school counselors

2.      First-time attendees

3.      PNACAC and NACAC Members

4.      Disadvantaged school districts


What does the grant pay for and what does it not pay for?

The scholarship will cover registration fees, travel, lodging (double occupancy), and general fees related to conference attendance (e.g. taxi/shuttle service, bag fees, etc.), up to $1250.00. PNACAC will reimburse travel & lodging expenses after the conference. Meals or other expenses will not be included. Applicants are therefore encouraged to solicit supplemental funding from their high schools and/or school districts to cover meals.

The PNACAC Imagine Grant Scholarship deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017, and PNACAC will announce the grant winners during the PNACAC Conference in May 2017. (All applicants will be notified of their application statuses no later than Wednesday, May 24.)

How to Apply:

Please click here, and follow all included directions. If you have questions, contact:  Brian Spraggins, NACAC Delegate,


PNACAC is excited to announce our 2017 Tour of Western Washington Colleges and Universities June 18 - 23, 2017.  Participating colleges include: Pacific Lutheran University, Saint Martin's University, University of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College, Central Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington (Bothell, Seattle, Tacoma), Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle University and Western Washington University.

Registration is now open!  Click here to join us this summer!

Participants should arrive on June 18, 2017 by 2:00pm to Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport and plan departure from Sea-Tac no earlier than 6:00pm on June 23, 2017.  Bus transportation to Pacific Lutheran University will be provided on June 18.

Tour fees:

  • $400 for PNACAC Members
  • $450 for Non-PNACAC Members
  • A limited number of scholarships bringing the tour fee to $100 will be available. 
  • Tour does not include air or ground transportation to Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) Airport or personal expenses incurred during the tour.

NACAC Sponsored Events

2017 Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference, Las Vegas, NV

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling is proud to offer a scholarship opportunity to our members for the NACAC Guiding the Way to Inclusion Conference.  Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) is a three-day professional development workshop designed for college admission officers who recruit domestic students of color from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  The scholarship is for professionals with 0-5 years experience.  This year’s conference will be in Las Vegas, Nevada (Bally's Las Vegas Hotel and Casino) July 23rd-July 26th 2017Click HERE to apply for the scholarship.
Guiding the Way to Inclusion (GWI) offers enrollment and admission professionals an opportunity to explore issues pertaining to campus diversity and multicultural recruitment. This workshop promotes in-depth understanding of college enrollment processes, as well as personal and professional growth.
GWI Conference FAQ Sheet:

73nd Annual Conference, Boston, MA

September 14-16, 2017

Join members of PNACAC and the other affiliated ACACs from across the country and around the world for our profession's premier professional development opportunity of the year.

Non-PNACAC Sponsored Events


NJACAC Summer College Tour:  Join us for 2.5 days in the northern and central regions of New Jersey for a college tour visiting:

Princeton University 
The College of New Jersey
Drew University
William Paterson University
Rutgers University – New Brunswick/Piscataway, NJ 

 Tour is limited to 40 Counselors. 

Arrival to hotel: Sunday, June 25, 2017 by 6:00 pm.
Departure form hotel: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 after 1:30 pm.

Price: $150 double occupancy OR $250 single occupancy
Price Includes: Hotel accommodations, welcome reception, all meals, transportation during tour.
Not Included: transportation to and from hotel at the start and end of tour, hotel parking ($8/night for self-park), personal expenses (campus bookstores, etc).

Click here to view the tour agenda.

RMACAC Summer College Tour: Arizona Bus Tour, Summer 2017

The RMACAC bus tour is for high school counselors, independent consultants working with high school students and graduate students earning a degree in high school counselors   Please join us  for a very active 3 day tour  to learn more about some of the Colleges AZ has to offer. Participants should expect very warm weather , full days and walking tours on each campus. Visit our website for more information and to register!


Additional Resources


NACAC has several resources for those working with students:
1-min video for students about the changes: “Financial Aid Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Discussion Board for professionals: This is your place to ask questions, share with your peers, and see how others are managing the transition to the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Videos of two educational sessions presented at NACAC’s recent national conference can provide answers as you work to help students and families apply for federal financial aid. Sessions now available are:

  • The FAFSA: What You Need to Know for 2017-18 — The US Department of Education's Cindy Forbes Cameron outlines changes to the 2017-18 FAFSA and implications for students and parents. The IRS data retrieval tool, state and school FAFSA deadlines, and how verification is affected by the shift to prior-prior year (PPY) income information are also addressed.
  • Prior–Prior Year and You — Admission professionals discuss results from a recent PPY survey, share insights from their institutions, and engage the audience in an open discussion of PPY best practices.

Check out NACAC’s website for factsheets, free, on-demand webinars, and more.