The Financial Aid Counselor advises and counsels students applying for financial aid and determines initial and continued eligibility for assistance. This position analyzes, processes, awards, and revises financial aid packages for students including all financial aid programs administered by UMKC.
Awards and administers federal, state, and institutional Financial Aid programs on behalf of a specific group of student applicants through the financial aid packaging process. Determines amount of aid based on eligibility criteria for each award program, need of students, and funds available.
Requests, collects, and reviews financial aid documents for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with federal and state financial aid policies to determine student's actual needs and financial aid awards.
Completes the verification process and compares data on FAFSA applications with federal tax returns, academic transcripts, and eligibility criteria for multiple award programs, making corrections to student applications as needed.
Provides financial aid counseling to prospective, new and returning students regarding financial aid availability, application process, eligibility, academic progress, degree requirements, deadlines, processing dates, and procedures. Further provides counseling to parents about completion of necessary financial aid forms and understanding financial policies, regulations, and requirements.
Provides students with counseling on available financial aid based upon changes to their academic program, enrollment, and eligibility criteria.
Determines which students are eligible for special consideration of awards through professional judgment and override situations, and explains documentation and regulatory requirements to students and parents as needed.
Conducts presentations to campus and regional community partners at scheduled events, including area high-school Financial Aid Nights. Presentation information includes completing the FAFSA, the financial aid awarding process, financial literacy, and required procedures regarding financial aid eligibility.
Reviews eligibility for students not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards. Counsels students about academic progress and its effect on financial aid eligibility.
Maintains and reviews student award packages for compliance and prevention of overawards. Revises student financial aid packages as needed when additional aid awards are posted.
Assists and counsels students with Consortium Agreement, Study Abroad and Alternative Loan processes to ensure compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations.
Monitors compliance of regulatory guidelines and new regulations as appropriate.
Maintain complete and accurate records as required for completion of internal and external reporting requirements.
Manages Direct Loan programs, including certifying and managing loan originations, processing PLUS Loan applications and troubleshooting processing issues.
Responsible for remaining current with regulations governing student loan programs to insure compliance with related requirements
Works several loan reports to insure compliance in Direct Loan processing
Contributes to broad-based management of Financial Aid Office by providing input to office policy and procedure decisions.
Works with other campus departments to ensure smooth delivery of services.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Possesses both a broad and deep understanding of the job
Has full proficiency gained through knowledge and/or experience
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 2 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary
Demonstrated knowledge of federal financial aid regulations preferred. Experience in handling multiple tasks and a customer service orientation with a commitment to higher education and working with students a plus. NASFAA Credentialing is a plus.
Full Time/Part Time
Full-time, benefits eligible
$16.92 - $18.00 commensurate with experience and education
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (855) 524-0002.
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