Budget-Friendly Conference Tips

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Proposals

The NAFSA Annual Conference is a must for everyone in the international education field. Follow these tips to make the conference as affordable as possible.

Philadelphia on a Budget

  • Tight budget? No problem. Philadelphia has plenty of free & budget-friendly things to do.
  • Check out the local deals in Philadelphia during the conference dates to score reduced prices on attractions, dining, and shopping in the area.

Travel and Hotel

  • Reserve your hotel room through NAFSA's online booking service. NAFSA's official housing site will open on March 1, 2018.
  • Take local transportation to get from the airport to the hotels in NAFSA's block.
  • Ride NAFSA's complimentary shuttle buses, take public transportation, or walk to conference events. If you need to take a cab, share it with other attendees.


  • If you choose to become a NAFSA member on your registration form, you'll receive the member registration rate—a significant savings!
  • Volunteer at the conference! Depending on the number of hours you work, you can receive partial or even full reimbursement of your conference registration fee!
  • Are you a full-time student? Students can register for the conference at a significantly discounted rate. Just include a copy of your current student ID with your registration package.
  • Retirees from the field who are current members, community volunteers who are not gainfully employed in the international education field, and spouses/domestic partners who do not work in international education are eligible for a reduced conference registration rate.