Boot Camps

The Federal Budget and Appropriations Process

January 25- January 26, 2018

Hotel George, 15 E Street NW, Washington, D.C.

PNPI’s Federal Budget and Appropriations Process Boot Camp is designed to prepare participants to join the ranks of higher education policymakers on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies and in national associations and think tanks. The event will provide individuals with a firm knowledge base on which to create and consider policy options over the course of their careers and offer an opportunity to network with current education policy professionals in Washington, D.C.

Participation in PNPI’s Boot Camp will be particularly useful for public policy or education students, new association staff, up-and-coming think tank staff, other nonprofit personnel and/or current professionals considering a career change. Scholarships are available for up to 3 current seniors or graduate students to attend.


Participants can expect to:

  • Deepen their knowledge of the federal budget process including budget reconciliation;
  • Increase their understanding of how the Congressional Budget Office is organized and works;
  • Gain a working knowledge of how student loans are budgeted for in the federal budget;
  • Deepen their understanding of the congressional appropriations process; and
  • Learn about the federal Pell Grant Program – the difference between mandatory and discretionary funding and the history of shortfalls and surpluses.

Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to benefit from a networking session with cross-sector postsecondary policy professionals, will be provided with a briefing book filled with topic relevant resources and readings prior to the event, will be given access to all speaker presentations, materials and contact information post-event and will receive quarterly PNPI newsletters.

You can watch past participants of PNPI Boot Camps share share some of their reflections here.

Previous years’ boot camps:

2017 Accreditation Boot Camp
2016 FSA Boot Camp

Click on the picture below to open the complete Boot Camp agenda.

Speaker bios are available here

Registration closed.

*Early Bird Rates (Register by 12/1/17)

Regular Registrant: $349
Non Profit/Government Registrant: $149
Student Registrant: $99  (must email copy of student ID to to verify student status)

*Regular Registration Rates (Register from 12/2/17-1/5/18)

Regular Registrant: $399
Non Profit/Government Registrant: $199
Student Registrant: $119 (must email copy of student ID to to verify student status)

Registration fee includes morning refreshments and lunches on both days, conference materials available online after the seminar and a briefing book containing relevant readings and research, provided to all participants in hard copy before the seminar.

**Participants who cancel their registration before January 5th will receive a refund, minus a $75 administrative fee.

***Participants who cancel after January 5th will forfeit the entirety of their registration fee.

Participants may want to consider rooms at Hotel George (the conference hotel) or the Washington Court Hotel, close to the conference venue.

To ensure that cost does not preclude students from attending, PNPI will offer up to three scholarships covering the cost of attendance to current seniors or graduate students wishing to participate. Scholarships includes registration fee, travel to and from Washington D.C., lodging and most meals. In an attempt to bring new voices into the federal higher education space, scholarship applicants are limited to students who currently receive a Pell grant or can demonstrate that they are Pell-eligible (more below).  Travel and lodging will only be offered to students who live outside of the Washington metro area.

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as a full-time senior undergraduate student or graduate student. Proof of enrollment required (recent transcript).

Must demonstrate financial need. Undergraduate students must have received a Pell grant in the most recent academic year. Graduate students must demonstrate Pell-eligibility for the most recent academic year through a documented estimated family contribution of less than $5,234 on a federal student aid report.

All majors/fields of study accepted, but candidates must demonstrate an interest in postsecondary education policy or practice.

Must commit to attending the entire seminar including a networking breakfast on Thursday, January 25th with other scholarship recipients.