The Financial Aid Counselor provides information and advice to parents and students, both prospective and current, regarding the financial aid application process, regulations, and eligibility for the various aid programs. This position provides customer service via phone, email and in person. This person will have an assigned financial aid project area. This person must have the capability to learn and communicate the various federal, state, and university eligibility requirements to receive financial aid.
Please note: Some evening and weekend work is required.
Under the guidance of the Supervisor of Client Services, provides detailed information and professional advice to parents, students, and staff regarding financial aid eligibility, including University policies and federal and state regulations. Guides students through the application process including the intricacies of the verification of information submitted on the FAFSA and College Board PROFILE forms.
Facilitates the flow of customer service traffic and assists the front-line advising staff in their efforts. Ensures that the service needs of students and families are being met and facilitates the escalation of conversations to their supervisor or to others in the office.
Stays abreast of federal and state regulations and institutional policies and procedures in order to provide excellent customer service. Responsible for managing a specific financial aid project area, to be assigned. Project areas may include federal eligibility assessment, federal verification, federal/state grant programs, federal/private loans, institutional scholarships, study abroad financial aid, athletic assistance and additional federal regulations and institutional programs, as developed.
Assist with resolving federal aid application issues. Contact students to coordinate resolution, collect documents to satisfy federal database matching requirements.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated ability to consistently display accuracy and attention to detail;
Receptive to feedback, willing to learn and embrace continuous improvement;
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively one-to-one, in small groups and in public speaking contexts;
Ability to write precise, well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using appropriate vocabulary and grammar;
Effectively performs duties and responsibilities with attention to detail while demonstrating support for organizational policies;
Demonstrated energy and desire to achieve and ability to take action that no one has requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid problems;
Ability to actively listen to others' opinions and ideas and to respect and seek to understand differences in opinions.
2-3 years’ experience in a financial aid office;
Willingness to facilitate open and effective communication, cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team;
Exhibits understanding of natural sources of conflict and acts to prevent or soften them;
Ability and willingness to explore alternatives to existing products and services and identify opportunities to improve procedures and practices;
Ability to explain financial aid regulations to parents and students;
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
Ability to work with nationally known need analysis methodology
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