Financial Aid Technician

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Financial Aid Technician

Salary: $2,929.00 - $3,706.00 Monthly
Job Type: Classified Full Time
Job Number: 20190918
Closing: 10/3/2019 12:00 PM Pacific
Location: Merced, CA
Department: Financial Aid

Merced College is a midsized community college located in California's Central Valley. Incorporated in 1889, Merced offers historical sites, affordable housing, access to the Bay Area and Sacramento, and is the Gateway to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra mountains as well as home to the University of California Merced campus. Our tree-shaded growing community of just over 80,000 includes multiple biking and walking trails as well as access to several lakes - large and small - throughout the county. The college is currently in a time of exciting innovation.

The Financial Aid Technician serves a vital role keeping the Financial Aid Office in compliance with Federal and State regulations. We are looking for an organized, detail oriented person who likes to work in a fast paced environment and can adjust to change quickly. If this sounds like you and you are dedicated to the success of students Financial Aid invites you to apply.

Merced College Vision
Merced College will provide transformative and empowering educational experiences to meet student and community needs.

Merced College Mission
Growing our community through education and workforce training:

  • lifelong learning
  • basic skills
  • career technical education
  • transfer
  • degree/certificate programs
Ensuring student success through equitable access, continuous quality improvement, institutional effectiveness, and student achievement.

General Description:
Under direction, to perform difficult and specialized clerical duties in the provision of financial aid services involving federal and state compliance issues; and to do related work as required.

Examples of Duties
Essential Functions:
  • Attends various meetings and workshops on and off campus and serves as a liaison for the assigned program area
  • Conducts confidential interviews with students and potential students to assure accurate and complete financial aid packaging
  • Coordinates assigned program area for the purpose of ensuring the program will meet the needs of students seeking financial aid, while meeting the needs of the district
  • Determines appropriate actions for a variety of problems in financial aid program guidelines
  • Oversees program activities in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.
  • Evaluates students and ensures performance standards are met for the effective operation of the assigned program
  • Maintains a variety of confidential and non-confidential records
  • Monitors accuracy of financial aid records and assures correct application process of local, state and federal funds.
  • Prepares a variety of complex files and records that document activities, provide reference, convey information, and comply with established financial, legal and/or administrative requirements.
  • Processes a variety of applications and forms as needed in determining the status of students in financial aid programs.
  • Researches a variety of topics to ensure compliance with relevant regulations and information for planning
  • Resolves a variety of program issues and ensure students receive full benefits of financial aid
  • Tracks student participation for the purpose of ensuring student eligibility for the assigned program area
  • Performs all tasks of a Financial Aid Advisor
Knowledge of:
  • Modern office practices and procedures
  • U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) computer software
Ability to:
  • Maintain complex clerical records
  • Perform clerical duties with speed and accuracy
  • Train and supervise student workers
  • Apply professional judgment
  • Perform arithmetic computations rapidly and accurately
  • Work independently
  • Type at 45 words per minute
  • Work cooperatively with others

Typical Qualifications
  • AA degree from an acceptable accredited institution And 3 years of experience OR
  • 1 year of Higher Education and 4 years of experience in financial aid
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • MS Word, Excel, Colleague

Supplemental Information
How to Apply: Candidates will submit a complete application on the Merced College Career Pages at
  1. Letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the position
  2. Resume
  3. Legible unofficial college transcripts (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must include the degree major and date the institution granted the degree. Official copies are not required unless applicant is hired.
  4. Foreign transcripts must include a U.S. evaluation and translation.
Individuals with disabilities may request any needed accommodation to participate in the application process. Please submit your request with your application to the Human Resources Office.

Interview Information: Those applicants deemed most qualified for the position will be invited to appear for oral interviews before a screening committee. Finalist interviews with district administrators may follow. A limited number of candidates will be invited to interviews. Expenses for travel and accommodations will be the responsibility of the candidates.

Employee Benefits: The District pays (with small contribution from employee) health, prescription, vision and dental insurance premiums for the employee and dependents. Life and income protection insurance premiums are provided for the employee only, as well as paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.

Condition of Employment: The selected candidate must be fingerprinted and tested for tuberculosis at his/her own expense prior to the start of employment. In compliance with the Immigration Reform Act of 1986, all new employees are required to verify their identity and the right to work in the United States. Merced College does not sponsor visas. An applicant must be able to perform essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations. All offers of employment are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees.

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Posted: 9/19/2019
Application Due: 10/4/2019
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