FINANCIAL AID SPECIALIST II
Kentucky State University - Frankfort, KY

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SUMMARY:

Under general supervision, evaluates financial needs of students from a variety of sources including documentation of financial status and personal interviews. Awards financial aid according to government and institutional regulations and guidelines.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Counsels and advises students about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, aid programs, costs, indebtedness, money management and financial planning; individualizes information to the particular needs and situation of the student.
• Collects and/or analyzes financial data on students to determine aid eligibility and makes awards within federal, donor and/or institutional guidelines.
• Answers questions, inquiries or requests from students, parents, or guardians, in person or in writing, regarding financial aid programs and eligibility.
• Assists in the preparation of and presents information regarding federal financial aid, scholarships, employment and grants for various campus groups, high school students and parents at meetings, group discussions, workshops, and recruitment sessions.
• Analyzes various system generated reports such as grades and enrollment status or award status to verify continued compliance and eligibility of students receiving aid under federal and institutional guidelines; notifies students of changes in eligibility of awards and alternatives to amend the situation.
•Interfaces with students and lenders, employers, donors, guarantee agencies and/or staff to resolve issues.
•Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree; at least 1- 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
•Knowledge of government, donor and/or institutional rules regulations, guidelines and procedures for awarding of financial aid.
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
•Interviewing skills.
•Knowledge of financial aid policies, procedures, and eligibility requirements.
•Ability to verify and assess student eligibility for financial aid.
•Ability to analyze and solve problems.
•Ability to develop and present educational programs and/or workshops.
•Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies concerning the provision of financial aid to students.
•Ability to investigate and analyze information and to draw conclusions.
•Skill in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
•Knowledge of the policies and eligibility requirements of federal, state, and agency scholarship programs.

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:
•Work is normally performed in a typical interior and/or office work environment.
•No or very limited physical effort required.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

SALARY:

This is a full-time, 12 month administrative position with an excellent benefit package. Salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Kentucky State University is a historically black university founded in 1886 as a small, land-grant, public, state-assisted, residential, coeducational, liberal studies-oriented University. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University is located in Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfort (population 27,500) just 26 miles west of Lexington, 52 miles east of Louisville, and 96 miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. The student body includes approximately 2,700 students from Kentucky and 33 other states as well as nine foreign countries. Kentucky State University is proud of its cultural, ethnic, racial and gender diversity in its faculty, staff and students. The University is committed to student-centered learning, free scholarly inquiry and academic excellence. Please consult www.kysu.edu for more information about the University.

Kentucky State University is an Equal Educational and Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Institution.

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