Financial Aid Specialist #498072, #499387
Financial Aid Specialist #498072, #499387FTE:
Student Financial AidJob Summary/Basic Function:
Under the direction of the Assistant Director for Financial Aid Operations, the Financial Aid Specialist, Operations will be involved in all aspects of financial aid administration. The purpose of this position is to evaluate, approve and award financial aid to students in accordance with federal, state, and university regulations, policies and operating guidelines. This position assesses financial needs of students, advises students and parents regarding financial aid options, processes and requirements. Participates as appropriate in systems/procedures planning and management; implements and coordinates specific individual programs or assignments in accordance with the overall objectives of the office, within the division of Enrollment Management.
Essential Job Functions:
•Analyzes and evaluates financial viability of students and families and provides advice and counsel regarding available financial aid opportunities, eligibility requirements, and the application process.
•Reviews and assesses eligibility of applications for financial aid; exercises professional judgment to determine whether adjustments should be made.
•Reviews for accuracy and provides signature approval/disapproval of loan applications, promissory notes, and other financial documents.
•Responds to inquiries and researches and resolves problems related to transactions handled by the unit; serves as liaison with other constituencies in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational issues.
•Provide information, in person, on the telephone, and through electronic Chat, to students, prospective students, and families regarding student financial aid, admissions, account balance, and registration status.
•Serves as liaison with state, federal, tribal, and other agencies; keeps abreast of student assistance opportunities and program regulations.
•Oversees the collection, management, and reporting of data in accordance with the objectives of the position; participates in the development and implementation of data management systems and procedures, as appropriate.
•Implements, coordinates, and oversees one or more specific administrative programs and/or service areas, as assigned.
•Trains and serves as an operational resource to other staff and/or students, as appropriate; may supervise student employees or lower-level staff.
•Serves as subject matter expert, suggesting improvements where appropriate and maintaining procedural and policy documentation on an annual basis.
•Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
•High school diploma or GED; at least 5 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Excellent communication and counseling skills (verbal and written). This position involves significant interaction with students and parents. Strong analytical and computer proficiency skills are necessary, along with the ability to multitask effectively. This job requires the ability to perform the four basic arithmetic operations.
Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.Veteran's Preference Statement:
Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.Preferred Qualifications:
Experience Preferred: Two years of experience in a financial aid preferred. Two years at an institution of higher learning or another highly regulated field required. Familiar with financial documents and a high competency of computer skills. Strong customer service skills that demonstrate a “student first” environment.Security Sensitive Statement:
This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.Salary:
04/20/2021Open Until Filled: