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Working As A Finance Aid Counselor

  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Processing Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $40,540

    Average Salary

What Does A Finance Aid Counselor Do At University of Maryland University College

* Provide comprehensive counseling to students regarding financial aid eligibility through in-person, phone and email conversations.
* Work extensively on various special projects for loan proration, Pell grant adjustments, unusual enrollment history and working authorization/failure reports to ensure compliance.
* Develop and utilize knowledge of UMUC's verification process to make professional judgment decisions regarding student cases and files.
* Create computerized reports, merge and evaluate complex data from multiple sources, change award amounts, maintain statistical data and generate communications to students.
* Participate in student recruitment and retention activities including attending open house events, information sessions, and other events as requested to offer guidance to prospective student staff.
* Serve as a rotating member of the Satisfactory Academic Progress and Professional judgment Committee.
* Develop and maintain current knowledge of Federal Title IV regulations pertaining to financial aid.
* Participate in training and professional development activities as appropriate.
* Other job-related duties as assigned

What Does A Finance Aid Counselor Do At The New School

* The New School seeks a Financial Aid Counselor to join our Student Financial Services team.
* This a student centered role focused on providing immediate and comprehensive service to students and parents on funding the student’s education.
* The candidate will learn to navigate Federal, State and Institutional regulatory requirements, the awarding financial aid, calculating Federal need analysis eligibility, and performing detailed technical duties as it relates to student aid.
* Responsibilities ­
* Maintain heavy volume of financial aid telephone calls and respond to email communications
* Counsel students and families on federal, state and institutional aid sources, as well as loan and other financing options, such as private educational loans and the Extended Payment Plan
* Calculate financial need and construct financial aid packages in accordance with federal and institutional guidelines
* Perform Verification of applicant data and use Professional Judgment to adjust federal aid applicants’ eligibility
* Reconcile student aid and loans
* Collect and track financial aid documents
* Certify student loan requests and counsel students on debt management issues
* Present financial aid information at divisional Open Houses, Orientation Sessions, and other events
* Provide consistent and accurate advice about financing options (including the monthly payment plan), billing, refunds, and tuition, fee and housing payments
* Handle special projects as assigned
* Late night and weekends required

What Does A Finance Aid Counselor Do At Sam Houston State University

* To counsel perspective and existing graduate and special population students concerning financial planning, with emphasis on the application process and available aid programs for qualifying applicants.
* To advise applicants who are ineligible for need-based assistance on alternative methods of meeting educational expenses.
* To counsel financial aid students on academic progress requirements as related to aid eligibility.
* To counsel financial aid applicants/recipients in all areas of financial planning, with emphasis on Pre
* Loan/Exit Interviews and Debt Management

What Does A Finance Aid Counselor Do At University of Colorado

* Collaborate and confer with other campus offices and individuals on how changes in our or their policies will affect each other, the students and other offices.
* These offices include Admission and Records, University Connection, University Learning Center, Student Success Center, Bursars and Academic Advising.
* Trouble-shoot why a student's aid was not paid and determine path to rectify the situation. (e.g. packaging problem, disbursement error, SAP issue, residency issue, etc.).
* A student or their parents' financial situation has had a negative change since applying for financial aid.
* This could be from loss of job, divorce, death or other changes in the student's of family's situation.
* Federal, state and institutional guidelines are applied and an appraisal is made to adjust the student's eligibility.
* The student's file is updated and annotated to justify the decision.
* Increase the student budgets and, therefore, increase the eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid because of extraordinary expenses.
* Review the students' documentation and request for the increase and approve or disapprove the adjustment.
* Adjust financial aid awards to student (increase/decrease) after new information is received.
* This could be from a change in enrollment status, family income, housing status, third party payments, assets, size of family or number enrolled in college.
* Adjustments to aid could include grants, loans, and/or work study.
* Determine eligibility and award students' appropriate aid.
* Counsels students on additional resource possibilities.
* Audit and verify application materials for completeness and accuracy.
* Contact students and parents by mail, email or phone to clear up any inconsistencies.
* Make final award decisions for the University, which include appeals to general rules and regulations by interpreting federal, state and institutional guidelines.
* Adjust students' budgets and/or need using "professional judgment." Update and annotate the student's file justifying decision.
* Help the University’s recruiting effort by participating in Mountain Lion Experience orientations by providing general financial aid information to prospective students.
* Determine if a student's financial stop can be lifted in order for a student to register by analyzing their financial aid for the academic year.
* Approve short term loans from institutional funds for books and emergencies for students.
* Counsel and advise students regarding satisfactory progress requirements to receive and retain their financial aid.
* Refer students who are having academic and/or personal problems to the Student Success Center, Counseling Center, or the Excel Centers.
* Conduct workshops and presentations in high schools, community colleges and other community forums to educate and inform the public about the process and application for state, federal, and institutional aid, as well as the availability of private funding.
* Also, to provide other information about the University.
* Written and telephone contact with students and parents in a recruiting effort based on referrals from the Admission Office, the athletic department, the University connection office, student success center, and other campus offices
* Be a resource for the customer service assistants and be available for specific student requests to see a counselor in a more private setting.
* Other duties as assigned
* Job Competencies:
* Outstanding knowledge of financial aid programs, eligibility requirements, needs analysis, and delivery of financial aid to students and families.
* Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
* Excellent written communication ability.
* Leadership and supervisor abilities.
* For the purposes of FLSA this position has been determined to be exempt from (not eligible for) overtime under FLSA.
* Salary Range:
* The salary range for this position is $39,000 - $44,000.
* The University of Colorado, Colorado Springs offers a full benefits package.
* Information on University benefits, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/employee-services.
* The University of Colorado is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community.
* To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment.
* Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check

What Does A Finance Aid Counselor Do At Teachers College, Columbia University

* Responsible for processing all aspects of the Federal Work Study Program at Teachers College-on and off-campus sites, including approving biweekly timesheets, posting FWS job descriptions, verifying student eligibility, monitoring student allocations, and college wide departmental budgets.
* Assist with the reconciliation of Federal Work Study funds.
* Award and process Federal TEACH grant program.
* Assist Assistant Director with managing Graduate Assistantship.
* Assist with processing and maintaining all forms submitted to the Office of Financial Aid.
* Counsel prospective and current students/parents on aid decisions, financial aid policies and procedures, and financing options.
* Assist the office in developing and outreach for Financial Aid literacy programs.
* Assist Assistant Director with any on or off campus events as needed.
* Serve as a departmental liaison which includes coordinating, managing, awarding and communication of financial aid awards and scholarships.
* Remain up to date and in compliance of federal and state regulations.
* Assisting with other duties and responsibilities as assigned

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  • Chinese

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  • Arabic

  • Italian

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  • Norwegian

  • Dari

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  • Mandarin

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Real Finance Aid Counselor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Financial Aid Counselor Ivymax, Inc. Cupertino, CA Oct 01, 2009 $46,958
Financial Aid Counselor Monroe College Ltd. New Rochelle, NY May 21, 2014 $45,734
Financial Aid Counselor Monroe College Ltd. New York, NY May 21, 2011 $44,408
Financial Aid Counselor Professional Business College New York, NY Jul 12, 2011 $40,000
Financial Aid Counselor Monroe College Ltd. New Rochelle, NY May 07, 2011 $39,000
Financial Aid Counselor Professional Business College New York, NY Feb 15, 2013 $38,109
Financial Aid Counselor American Institute of Medical Sciences &Amp; Educa Piscataway, NJ May 07, 2012 $37,566

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Top Finance Aid Counselor Skills

  1. Financial Assistance
  2. Scholarships
  3. Student Loans
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Apply and monitor the student financial assistance academic progress policy to determine student eligibility.
  • Advised and educated students and parents on scholarships, grants, student loans and other types of financial assistance.
  • Reviewed student finance applications and student loans for completeness and accuracy.
  • Assisted students with any financial aid related questions or helped complete their FAFSA application.
  • Counseled students and their families in receiving Financial Aid and allocating those funds.

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