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USSA’s National Student Congress

Student Power that is Changing the Nation

Each summer, USSA hosts the National Student Congress (NSC). This four-day event provides students the opportunity to participate in the shaping of the national movement and be part of making decisions that will shape the work of the United States Student Association for the 2017-2018 school year. This year Congress will take place August 11th-14th, 2017, at the University of Central Florida.

In past years, students have voted to focus on recruitment and retention of students of color in higher education, ending sexual assault on campuses, and securing more state and federal funding for grants. What issues are students on your campus facing? How are you going to bring these issues to the national landscape and build power by working with students from across the country?

Frequently Asked Questions about Congress

Q: What is the National Student Congress and why should we go?

A: USSA is a membership based organization. Congress is where members of USSA come together to create a strategy for making higher education more affordable and accessible on the campus, state, and federal levels. We also elect new leadership for the coming year. If you are not a member of USSA, you can still play an important role in shaping the work being done by students all across the country. You will gain valuable skills that will advance your capacity to organize on your campus through our workshops, build significant relationships with student organizers from across the country, obtain important knowledge about the political landscape surrounding higher education, and open doors to opportunities for yourself and your campus. Things you can look forward to at Congress:

  • Workshops on organizing and higher education access issues

  • Caucus and Affiliate Spaces where students with shared identities and experiences meet to discuss issues that impact them.

  •  Regional breakouts–where students meet by region to discuss important legislation and issues

  • Plenary: where students from member campuses vote on campaigns and constitutional amendments as well as elect a new President and Vice President

  • Group meals  and activities

  • Agenda will be posted soon!

Q: What is A delegation?

A: A delegation is a group that attends Congress as a group. Delegations come from the same campus, statewide, or organization. Initial registration will require you to register your entire delegation here. Every Delegation has a delegation leader who will be the point person in preparing their delegation for Congress and ensuring that all logistical details (travel, individual registration, lodging, etc. are taken care of). USSA prioritizes a strong presence of students who are the most impacted by restricted access to higher education: students of color, women, Queer students, Trans-students, working class students, students with disabilities, veterans, and non-traditional students. Please read through the Delegation Guidelines to ensure that your delegation meets our diversity requirements and for other important information.

Q: Can I attend Congress as an Individual? 

A: Yes, even if you are attending Congress as an individual you will still have to fill out the delegation registration form. When asked how many people you are bringing in your delegation you will list 1.

Q: When and Where will Congress be held this year?

A: This year Congress will take place August 11th-14th at the University of Central Florida.


Q: What are the Registration Rates for Congress?

A: Congress Registration happens in two phases: Early & Regular. View the Registration Rates below for USSA Members, Statewide Student Associations, Non-members and Minority Serving Institutions & Community Colleges. Rates are per delegate.


Registration Rates:

Early (June 1-June 30)

|Member: $175 | SSA: $200| Non-Member: $225| Non-member/MSI- CC: $200

Regular (July 1-July 31)

|Member: $200 | SSA:  $225 |Non-Member: $250 | Non-member/MSI-CC: $225

How do I register my delegation?

Please follow the order below to register your delegation.

1) Read through the Delegation Guidelines to ensure you have followed the recruitment guidelines

2) Fill out the Delegation Registration form HERE.  You do not have to pay upon filling out the form. Payment is due by August 1st to US Student Association PO Box 33486, Washington, DC 20036. You can also send payments to via Paypal. Please make sure you leave a note as to which delegation you are making a payment for if you use Paypal.

3)  Fill Out the Individual Registration Form for all of your delegates and send it to by July 31st.

4) Secure and plan out travel for your delegation

5) Want to attend but need financial assistance? Apply for our travel scholarship by August 2nd!

6) Make sure that registration has been paid by August 1st


How do I submit a workshop proposal?

We are currently accepting workshop proposals for Congress! You can submit a workshop proposal by filling out this form.

We look forward to seeing you at Congress 2017!

For questions please e-mail