Dear NPEA Conference Registrants:

We are saddened to share with you that the 12th annual NPEA Conference is cancelled. The health and safety of the NPEA community and all who we come in contact with is our biggest concern and top priority. This along with our commitment to following the local, state, and CDC’s guidance, including the Massachusetts Governor’s recent mandate banning all gatherings of more than 250 people through the end of April, means it is no longer possible.

We know many of you are working around the clock to make equally difficult decisions in your day-to-day work as we all navigate next steps during this unprecedented time, and we stand in partnership with you.

Financial Impact on NPEA:

The NPEA conference is the largest source of revenue for NPEA and cancelling the conference has enormous financial implications for the health of NPEA. We hope that you might consider, if you are in a position to do so, donating your registration fee to NPEA.

What Happens Next?

Please complete this form. You will be asked to choose from one of the following options:

  • Request a full refund – 100% of your registration fees will be returned to you.*
  • Request a partial refund – we’ll ask you to specify the dollar amount/percentage you would like to be returned to you.
  • Defer your registration to the 2021 conference – you choose not to receive a refund this year in exchange for a free registration to the 2021 conference.
  • Donate 100% of your registration fees – in appreciation of this gesture, we will offer you 15% off of your registration fee for the 2021 Conference.

*If you do elect for a full or partial refund, we ask for your patience. All refunds will be in the form of a check payment. We will make every attempt to process this as quickly as we can.

NPEA Hotel Room Block:

All hotel reservations made under the NPEA Conference room block will be cancelled directly by the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel. You will receive a cancellation email from the hotel.

Great News: 2021 Conference in Boston:

We have negotiated a contract to hold the conference at the same hotel (Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel) in Cambridge next spring. We will be in touch to share the dates as soon as we have confirmed them.

Moving Forward:

Thank you for your generous support of NPEA as we continue to provide opportunities for partnership, and above all, continue to fulfill our mission to eliminate barriers for educational access and college and career success for underserved students. NPEA is only as strong as our membership, and we rely on that strength in moments of uncertainty for our work as a field. It is now more important than ever to reach out, rise up, and forge ahead together in support of all of our communities. We will be actively brainstorming ways to facilitate and provide virtual connections in our community as we navigate this unique and challenging time.



Karin Elliott, Executive Director, kelliott@tsf.org

Carrie Tate, Associate Director, ctate@tsf.org

Alex Newell, Member Services Associate, anewell@tsf.org