Coronavirus Conference Update


Due to the COVID-19 virus we've come to the unfortunate decision that we must cancel the 2020 PNACAC Conference, which was to be held May 20 - 22 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. While we were looking forward to this outstanding professional development event, we feel it is our responsibility to cancel at this time. 

Below are answers to questions you inevitably may have.

Has the conference been canceled? Will it be rescheduled?

The 2020 PNACAC Conference has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis for the 2020 NACAC National Conference and at Carroll College in Helena, Montana for the 2021 PNACAC Conference.

Will my registration fee be refunded, including for pre-conference college tours, the counselor's college fair or extra social tickets?

Yes, we will refund full registration fees to the original form of payment for all aspects of the conference.  Please be patient as we process registration fees, as well as refunds for the spring regional college fairs.  All registration fee refunds will be processed before the end of PNACAC's fiscal year, ending June 30, 2020.

I would like to donate my registration fee to the PNACAC Student Scholarship or Professional Development fund, can I do that?

We will be issuing refunds for all fees; however we welcome you to support PNACAC by donating online from our Donation Page as well as see other ways you can support PNACAC. As a registered 501(c3), all donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your interest in supporting these initiatives, students in your region and your colleagues.

Do I need to cancel my hotel reservation? Will I receive a refund?

If you booked within the PNACAC room block, the Hilton Vancouver Washington will cancel all rooms that were booked without charge. Due to limited staff, the Hilton has requested that you do not contact the hotel directly at this time.  You do not need to contact the Hilton Vancouver Washington or cancel your reservation on your own.  You will receive an automatic cancellation email to the address you provided at the time of registration.

If you booked outside of the PNACAC room block, you will need to cancel on your own. Please see "What about other lodging or travel arrangements?" below.

What about other lodging or travel arrangements?

Please refer to the policies regarding the cancellation associated with other reservations, including airline, hotel, car rental or other company. PNACAC is not responsible, nor can we assist with the cancellation of reservations made to attend the conference.

I received a scholarship to attend the PNACAC Conference, is it valid for next year?

Scholarships for the 2020 PNACAC Conference will not transfer to a future event. We appreciate that you applied for, and were successful in receiving a scholarship and encourage you to do so next year. In future PNACAC scholarship applications, you may be asked if you previously received a PNACAC scholarship. You may indicate 'no' in this scenario.

I submitted a session proposal, will I hear if it was accepted or can I present it next year?

We thank you for submitting a session proposal and your willingness to contribute to the conference and the profession. We encourage you to submit a session proposal for our 2021 conference in Helena, Montana. PNACAC is in the process of piloting webinars. If you would be willing to present your session as a webinar, please contact

How will PNACAC conduct our annual elections and business meeting?

NACAC has offered assistance through their legal counsel to review our bylaws and Washington law (PNACAC is incorporated in the state of Washington) as it pertains to electronic voting. We will provide further information regarding electronic voting to ensure we can move forward with approving our slate of board officers and committee chairs, including our NACAC delegates, as well as urgent changes to the bylaws in order to comply with the Department of Justice's Consent Decree regarding the anti-trust investigation around the Code of Ethics and Professional Practices (CEPP). We will hold on additional bylaw changes until our business meeting at the 2020 NACAC Conference to be held in Minneapolis later this year.

Will you still award the annual PNACAC recognition awards?

At this time, no nominations have been submitted and we will not move forward with awarding the annual recognition awards this year.

Do you know someone who is going the extra mile and making a difference in a student's life or in the field of education?

You can give them a kudos for recognition in the next newsletter. More information on awards and kudos are online on our Awards and Recognition page.

Will you still be awarding the PNACAC Student Scholarship?

Yes, award recipients will be announced later this spring.

More questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact and we will do our best to provide additional information. Again, we appreciate your patience as we process refunds over the coming weeks.

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