Financial Aid Counselor
Office of Student Financial Aid
Under the general direction of the Director of Financial Aid, the Financial
Aid Counselor is responsible for assisting in the administration of Title IV,
State, institutional and private funds made available to students in the form
of scholarships, grants, loans and employment.
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
• Interpret federal, state and University regulations and policies to
determine eligibility of for federal, state and institutional financial
assistance. Award financial aid and conduct a wide range of activities
necessary for the processing, tracking and delivery of grants, loans and
• Review student aid applications for completeness, collect required
documentation to meet federal and institutional requirements while using
electronic tools to notify students of individual requirements and to track
receipt of documents and completion of student eligibility requirements.
Track all incoming documents for processing into the PowerFaids
system; compose and mail routine letters; and responds to inquiries.
• Perform federally mandated verification and need analysis processes and
corrects student data by visual analysis of parent and student tax returns
and other verification documents. Use electronic tools to recalculate
eligibility and to resubmit data to the federal processor when required by
• Determine initial or recalculated eligibility for a variety of federal and
state financial aid programs, make awards from each program based on
student eligibility, availability of funds and institutional awarding
policies; place students in Federal Work Study assignments and monitor
earnings; perform direct lending processes as assigned.
• Provide counseling to perspective and enrolled students and parents
regarding the financial aid process and the proper application steps to
secure financial aid, scholarships and alternative funding sources to meet
• Contribute to the University’s recruitment/retention efforts through
campus outreach, high school visitation, college fairs and alumni
• Serve as liaison between financial aid and other campus offices regarding
financial aid processing and administration.
• Maintains records of student work-study contracts, required signatures,
and accompanying identification, and tracks the number of hours worked
and amount of money earned by each student employed through the
Federal Work Study Program of the University;
• With minimum of instructions, initiates correspondence on a variety of
matters; composes letters and e-mail with explanations or clarification;
• Other duties as assigned
Master’s degree or equivalent. At least two years in a college financial aid
office and/or related college department. Knowledge of federal Title IV and
state financial aid programs highly desirable. Experience with reconciliation
of all fund types and Federal Work Study. Basic accounting skills are
necessary. Experience with institutional awarding strategies in the context
of enrollment and retention goals at a private college and knowledge of
PowerFaids and Jenzabar a plus.