Frequently Asked Questions


2021 FAQs

Where will the Annual Meeting be held?


The 2021 (February 17-19) Annual Meeting will be held once more at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. The Rosen Plaza Hotel is 15.9 miles from the Orlando International Airport, an approximate 20 minute drive.

What are COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Regarding Annual Meeting?

Colleagues planning to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting should abide by the government restrictions and guidelines according to their state or province. The Rosen Plaza will be observing all recommended health and safety regulations during the Annual Meeting, including social distancing, face masks and hand sanitization.  Temperature checks will be administered upon entry into the hotel.  You may also refer to the Rosen Plaza’s Total Commitment HERE.

In the unlikely event of a government shutdown of group gatherings over the dates of the Annual Meeting, ABHE will immediately notify our constituency.  Any pre-registrations paid prior to that date will be refunded.

If a registrant tests positive for COVID-19, plans to attend the Annual Meeting should be cancelled unless the appropriate quarantine period will end prior to the Annual Meeting and there are no health risks to others.




What does the General Registration Cover?

The Annual Meeting officially begins on Wednesday evening, February 17, with the Connections Dinner and ends on Friday evening after the Celebration Banquet.  The registration fee for members and non-members includes all general sessions, workshop sessions, refreshments in the Exhibit Hall, Wednesday evening Connections Dinner and Friday evening Celebration Banquet.  It does not include Wednesday pre-convention workshops or your hotel stay.  The same is true for AffiliateSpouses, and Trustees.

Is there an Early Registration Discount?



YES! A $50 discount per person is available for General, Spouse & Trustee Registrations received before January 8, 2021. Take advantage of these early bird discounts!


Are group discounts available?

YES! If you have more than two administrators attending the Annual Meeting from your institution, you qualify for a discount. The first two delegates will each pay the regular fee and each additional person will receive a $100 discount. This does not apply to spouse registrations. You must register under one registration to qualify for this discount – you will be prompted to add other registrants during the online registration process.

Do institutional trustees receive a registration discount?

YES.  Trustees receive a discounted registration of $285 ($235 Early Bird), a $200 discount off of the member pricing.

Who qualifies for the doctoral student registration?

This registration designation is complimentary for students who would not typically attend the ABHE Annual Meeting, but are engaged in doctoral studies at an ABHE member institution and who would benefit by attending.  While the registration fee is complimentary and allows access to all plenary sessions and workshops (excluding fee-based pre-convention workshops), we have included the celebration banquet and connection dinner meals for a $130 registration.  Recognizing that a number of our institutions’ staff & faculty members may pursue doctoral degrees from time to time, this initiative is not intended for institutional staff members who would typically come to Annual Meeting.  You may opt out of the meals by requesting an “opt-out” code.  Email your request to

What is your cancellation policy?


Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds will be offered in the unlikely event of a government COVID-19 shut down of group gatherings, in which case the 2021 Annual Meeting would have to be cancelled. 

If a registrant tests positive for COVID-19 after pre-registration, the registration amount will be refunded and plans to attend should be cancelled.

In the event of a personal registration cancellation, fees paid in advance are refundable – less a $50.00 cancellation fee, provided written notice is received by ABHE no later than three weeks prior to the event (January 27). In light of advance commitments for conference events and meals, no refunds will be granted after that date.  Please e-mail to request a refund. There are no refunds provided for no-shows.



How do I ADD or CANCEL a person on my registration?

You may log back into your registration form at any time with your confirmation number to make any changes; additions, cancellations, etc.

Do I need to choose workshops when I register online?
No. You can always log back into your registration form with your confirmation number and make your workshop selections. Workshop selections prior to arrival will greatly assist us with making appropriate room/seating arrangements. Wednesday Pre-Convention Workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis and require an additional registration fee.
What meals are included in the general registration fee?

Refreshment Breaks in the Exhibit Hall, The Connections Dinner and Celebration Banquet are all included in the General Registration fee for Members, Affiliates, Non-Members, Exhibitors,Trustees and Spouses.

Can extra meal ticket(s) for a guest(s) not registered be purchased?

Yes!  Tickets for the Wednesday night Connections Dinner  and Friday night Celebration Banquet are available for purchase at $65/ea for guests during the online registration process or on site at the Annual Meeting based on availability.

What is the commuter surcharge?

The Commuter Surcharge of $165 is a one-time (per person) fee for those who are NOT staying at the convention hotel. If you choose to not stay at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, you must pay this fee. This fee is in respect for the complimentary meeting space that ABHE receives based on the number of convention attendees and reflected in a commensurate number of sleeping rooms. Only those who live in the Orlando area and thus are commuting locally are exempt from this surcharge. Thank you for respecting this arrangement with our convention host hotel and our contractual obligations.

What is the weather like in Orlando in February?
So glad you asked! The average temperatures will range from a high of mid-70’s to a low of mid-50’s. Be sure to check out current weather conditions prior to the Annual Meeting at