Financial Aid Counselor (full-time, temporary) - Conroe, TX
Sam Houston State University
Location: Huntsville, Texas
Internal Number: 34627
Occupational Category (Staff Positions Only): Professional
Hiring Salary: Monthly-Staff
Department: Enrollment Services (COM)
Bachelor's degree in business, management, finance, accounting, marketing, counseling or a related field. Two years' experience in financial aid, higher education, financial services, financial literacy education, financial counseling, school or college counseling, or a related field with knowledge of Osteopathic Medical Education preferred. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.
Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:
Serves in the College of Osteopathic Medicine as a Financial Aid Counselor to SHSU-COM prospective and current students and assists with designing and executing programming and presentations related to personal finance.
Primary Responsibilities (Staff Positions Only):
Collaborates with COM Enrollment Services leadership and staff, COM faculty and staff, and other colleges, departments and staff across campus to provide a seamless student experience. Assists with developing on-boarding processes and training new staff. Provides individual, comprehensive financial aid counseling and assistance to SHSUCOM students, prospective and current students, and families regarding their financial aid options and the application process. Assists students in finding financial assistance via SHSU and external assistance programs. Assists in counseling students with non-routine, sensitive financial aid issues. Collaborates closely with SHSU Financial Aid & Scholarships main office staff in administering financial aid. Assists students with accurate FAFSA/TASFA application completion, maintains student files throughout their professional student careers and makes changes to financial aid records as necessary. Evaluates and processes financial aid applications, including verifying information and determining student eligibility. Reviews and processes student financial aid, including scholarships, grants, loans and work-study opportunities. Assists with verification, appeals, special circumstances and other aid processes. Counsels students on maintaining aid eligibility and retention advice when not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as related to aid eligibility. Manages Professional Judgement (PJ) decisions, SAP appeals, and Cost of Attendance Adjustments under the direction of SHSUCOM Assistant Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships. Requires staying current on changes in financial aid regulations and policies and sharing knowledge with colleagues. Audits student awards and processes revisions as required. Researches, assists, interprets and maintains knowledge of current federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures pertaining to financial aid programs. Ensures compliance with federal, state, and institutional financial aid regulations. Maintains accurate and complete records of financial aid interactions and decisions. Provides individual financial wellness counseling and assistance services to SHSUCOM students. Develops, markets, and presents financial aid and financial wellness information to current, prospective, and pipeline SHSUCOM students and their families at various recruitment and educational events. Assists the department with various events and tasks as directed, including Admissions, Registrar, and other SHSUCOM areas. Performs other related duties as assigned.
About Sam Houston State University
For more than 140 years, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, "The measure of a Life is its Service," resonates among its 22,000 students, eight colleges and well beyond its historical roots through research, creative endeavors, service learning, volunteering and more.
SHSU is an inclusive institution whose mission is to provide high quality education, scholarship, and service to students. With over 90 bachelor degrees, 50 master’s, and 11 doctoral programs—including the nation’s first Ph.D. in forensic science, SHSU provides an exceptional college experience for every student: traditional or non-traditional; first generation; international; or online.
Service to self and others is paramount at SHSU and reflected in all university organizations and programs. In fact, the university was named to USA Today’s Top 50 in the U.S. for “commitment to civic engagement and global awareness,” in addition to being classified a "Community Engaged Campus" by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. This honor, bestowed to only 311 public institutions nationwide, acknowledges th...e university's significant commitment to service.
Sam Houston State University has a small town feel with large scale opportunities. Located in the Piney Woods region of East Texas, Huntsville provides area residents with a sense of community and belonging, although just an hour drive north of Houston.
SHSU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an "at will" employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215. SHSU is committed to promoting a campus culture that embraces diversity and inclusion. The University acknowledges and values our responsibility to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment where students, faculty, staff, and community recognize the benefits of collaboration and mutual respect through diverse identities and experiences.
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