APA National Planning Conference - April 21-24, 2018
Thinking about attending the APA national conference in April? Here's what you need to know:
Each year, UPPSA and the UPP department team up to offer UPP students a reimbursement for a portion of the cost of attending the American Planning Association's national conference.
The 2018 conference is April 21-24 in New Orleans, and we will be able to reimburse $300 per student for 30 students. Funding is available to UPPSA members on a first-come, first-served basis.
We hope to send a large contingent of UIC planning students to the conference, to raise the profile of our university and to give students an opportunity to network with planning professionals from around the country.
Please read our FAQ section below to learn more about conference registration and the reimbursement process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the reimbursement amount and what does it cover?
This year we are able to reimburse $300 per student, up to the first 30 students to register. This amount may change depending on the number of students who register and any additional fundraising we accomplish.
Eligible costs for reimbursement include conference registration, hotel/lodging, and transportation between Chicago and New Orleans. Realistically, $300 will cover the cost of conference registration and most or all of a roundtrip flight.
How do I get the UPPSA reimbursement for conference costs?
2. Complete the form to the right (or through this link) to register for reimbursement from UPPSA. It will collect information needed to transfer money to your student account.
3. Submit receipts to by 5 p.m. Friday, March 30. Please submit receipts as PDFs with your last name in the file name. UPPSA will submit registrant information and receipts to the UPP Department and Center for Student Involvement, and it will take about 30 days before the money is sent to your student account. To set up direct deposit from your student account to your bank account, go here.
How do I register for the conference?
Conference registration is now open on the APA website. Student registration costs $125 through Thursday, February 22nd. After that it will cost $145, and on April 21st the student price increases again to $165.
Registration includes access to all sessions and session recordings, a welcome reception, and a exhibitor meet and greet reception. Additional events, mobile workshops, and more can be purchased on top of your registration.
What is there for students to do at the APA National Planning Conference?
A lot! This is a great opportunity for students to expand their learning beyond the classroom, network with planning practitioners, and learn more about the planning profession. Additionally, a Student/Young Planners Group Ideas Exchange will give you a chance to connect with peers from 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Sunday, April 22. View the entire program here, and check out student activities here.
The APA conference has a Career Zone, which will offer a resume clinic, mock interviews, an employer connection, and lots more.
Are there volunteer opportunities for discounted rates?
Yes! But instead of discounted rates, student will be paid $100 for volunteering, which can help cover conference costs.
Students interested in volunteering must first register for the conference. Each Monday, APA emails new student registrants an invitation to volunteer. If all volunteer spots fill up, you can add your name to a waiting list by emailing Kate Calabra at APA.
Do you have transportation recommendations?
Most students will be traveling by plane, but New Orleans is also accessible by car and Amtrak train. The APA conference website provides details about getting to the conference.
Do you have hotel/lodging recommendations?
APA has arranged discounts on lodging at a number of hotels near the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, located at 900 Convention Center Boulevard. Rates start at $209/night. Learn more here.
There are a number of lodging alternatives around the convention center. Hostels in the area offer accommodations starting at $29/night, and provide a variety of options, including dorms, private rooms, and amenities like free breakfast, common areas, and free Wi-Fi. Check out options here.
Besides hotels, another option is Airbnb. The conference is at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Boulevard. Airbnb spots near the convention center currently run about $85-200 per night. Couchsurfing could be the cheapest option if you have friends in New Orleans.
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