The Financial Aid Counselor is a primary point of contact for students and families that are seeking assistance with the educational expenses of attending a postsecondary institution of higher education.
Responsibilities include the processing of financial aid applications from initial needs analysis to packaging of offers of assistance; counseling with students regarding all student loans, scholarships, grants, and employment programs; interpreting rationale behind student budgets, need analysis computations and all program regulations; and assisting in the monitoring of aid eligibility and academic progress requirements. Each Financial Aid Counselor is also assigned responsibility for the initiation, execution, and analysis of a number of special projects. These tasks may include: creating and designing publications, editing and producing presentations including a web page, planning special events both on and off campus, serving as liaison with several university departments, serving on university committees, supervising operations staff and student employees on specific projects, and serving as a point of contact for the university to outside agencies.
Must have experience or educational training in student affairs, counseling, accounting, or related fields.
Strong organizational and analytical skills and excellent attention to detail are important to the effective execution of a counselor’s caseload and specific project responsibilities.
Must have an ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and possess superior interpersonal skills.
Flexibility to handle a variety of duties and projects throughout the year, as the demands of a Financial Aid Office are cyclical in nature.
Computer literacy is important to the efficient management of a quantity of work.
Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including students, parents, faculty, academic deans and administrators, guidance counselors, alumni, government representatives, and third party educational agencies.
Minimum Required Education
Position Description 2
Financial Responsibility: No Supervisory Responsibility: No
Positions Directly Supervised: None
IS THIS POSITION AT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS ? No
IS THIS POSITION AT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO TUBERCULOSIS ? No