Financial Aid Specialist

May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

General Description of Position: This position serves, on a day-to-day basis, as the primary contact for current as well as prospective students availing themselves of educational benefits made available by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) while attending Kansas State University. Information about the Department: The staff members in the Office of Student Financial Assistance serve students and their families now and throughout their time at Kansas State University.

The Office of Student Financial Assistance awards more than $230 million in scholarships, federal, state, university, and private financial aid every year. 

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description: The position serves as a VA benefits certifying official responsible for processing and reporting VA benefits received. In addition, the position also monitors the receipt of non-VA, university wide sponsorships and waivers.  Robust accounting and/or analytical skills represent critical attributes for this position. Familiarity with applying complex regulations to daily processes is essential. The position requires the utilization of K-State’s Student Information System, KSIS, as well as reports in reviewing, documenting, authorizing, and reconciling VA benefits, sponsorships, and waivers. Kansas State University takes great pride in providing first rate service to military affiliated students. Consequently, the successful candidate for this position should possess a strong track record of providing customer service that is accurate, timely, and empathetic in a fast paced environment. Required Minimum Qualifications: This position requires a High School Diploma (or work equivalent). Must have three to five years of relevant work experience. Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience and/or familiarity with administering Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits highly preferred
  • Experience in conducting informal advising/counseling sessions
  • Employment of 2 – 3 years within an administrative office at a post-secondary institution of higher education Employment of 1 – 2 years within an Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • Employment of 2 or more years within an administrative position requiring the completion of complex forms and/or the interpretation of complex regulations and/or the utilization of calculations/formulas as a job duty and/or high level of customer service.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit cover letter and resume with contact information for three professional references.

Applicant must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

Screening of Applications Begins: Screening begins immediately, and continues until position is filled. Salary Range / Pay Rate:

$15.67 - $24.29 per hour

Please note: the minimum salary for this position is $15.67 per hour. Actual salary will be determined based on the candidate's experience, education, internal equity and departmental funding. Salary offers are typically made between the minimum and midpoint of the salary range. The range indicated includes both the typical hiring range and potential future progression.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.