Financial Aid Director with over 20 years experience working in post-secondary education. Self starter, highly motivated individual who enjoys working with students to help achieve their dreams through education, the challenges of administring Title IV programs, and running an efficient and organized department. Profecient with PowerFAIDS, Microsoft Word and Excel.
Developed and implemented policies and procedures for the administration of financial aid. Supervised staff of one, counseled students and families, including when necessary, providing direct assistance with the process. Annually prepared the FISAP and A-133 Federal Student Aid Audit, and other reports as requested by the Vice President of Enrollment Management. Updated and ensured accuracy of college financial aid information provided by the college. Acted as liaison to the Department of Education, State Agencies, Offices of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Veterans Administration. Ensured the college wads in complience the Title IV regulations both within the financial aid office and campus wide. Oversaw an institutional scholarship budget of over $6,500,000, while maintaining a tuition discount rate of 26%. Reviewed and determined award packages for over 500 students annually. Created Landmark's work study program. Determined student's eligiblity for Federal aid, processed Pell payments and annual reconciliation, Maintained files and documentation of all awards for the degree program, non-credit summer programs, and visiting college programs. Developed and wrote a publication on the unique tax benefits available to Landmark College families , and found appropriate individuals to present and counsel Landmark families on "Making Landmark Affordable". Created and presented financial aid overview at Open Houses, and oversaw the Tuition Exchange program. Regularly attended and presented at State, Regional, and National conferences. Attended annually the Federal Student Aid Conference to keep abreast of the federal changes in the administration of the federal aid program. Created a merit scholarship program, developled a predictive financial aid awarding strategy model, successfully oversaw the transition to Direct Lending, implemented the Net Price Calculator. Prepared and conducted both Entrance and Exit counseling sessions. Proficient with PowerFAIDS, EDconnect, COD, and NSLDS.
Assisted students with process of selecting colleges for transfer admission. One-on-one guidance was provided with the application process, coordinated the gathering of recommendations and transcripts, as well as worked closely with the student's advisor. Conducted ACT and SAT workshops for the students, organized and administered the ACT and SAT at the college.
Part of a team of graduate interns who interviewed all applicants for admission to the college. Assisted the office with general clerical support when needed, such as scheduling interviews, answering phones, and filing.
Recruited students for the college, attended college fairs, conducted high school visits, and reviewed applicants for admission. Planned and implemented "Unity College Days" a freshman conversation event. Traveled to various New England loactions to conduct on the road open houses.
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