The Finance Aid Counselor, usually found at educational institutions, such as universities, is tasked with providing students and their families with financial guidance.
They will serve as the primary contact for these students and will act as their guide in terms of paperwork, applications, eligibility for financial aid, and costs. The Counselor also needs to verify the student's knowledge and abide by the university's policies and the regulations tied to financial student aid. They often deal with federal grants and scholarships, aid from charitable organizations and institutions, and may assist higher management with the changes being designed and applied to university policies.
A person seeking work as a Finance Aid Counselor generally needs to have a bachelor's degree in Finance or Counseling or a similar subject. Alternatively, an equivalent in the form of experience may be valued just as much. A good understanding of the academic community and its practices is key, as well as excellent communication, customer service skills, and computer proficiency.