Financial Aid Counselor
Financial Aid CounselorTracking Code629-280 Job Description
Primary Purpose: Supports the operational and counseling needs of the law school’s financial aid program, including loan administration and financial aid counseling to students. Serves as VA School Certifying Official and processes VA benefits for veterans.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Counsel and advise students on the student aid application process, requirements for eligibility, process for change in financial circumstances, rights and responsibilities regarding student aid, academic progress requirements and procedures for appealing, and other information related to student scholarships and
- Administer Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs and ensure compliance; maintain up-to-date knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, policies, procedures and automated business systems that guide or support the area of SFP.
- Perform verification of financial data to confirm student aid eligibility, federal, state and institutional aid award packaging, processing and originating educational loans for students, and other procedures necessary to deliver financial aid to students.
- Perform Return of Title IV Fund simulated and actual calculations and counsel students about the impact with leaves/withdrawals on aid.
- Serve as VA School Certifying Official; certify VA benefits, including vocational rehabilitation, using VA Once and other software; process other military benefits such as Army tuition
- Research and recommend annual law student Cost of Attendance
- Assist with processing and posting merit, need-based, endowed, and outside scholarships; assist with New Year Roll set up as
- Manage financial aid utility email account. Respond to email in timely
- Scan and upload financial aid documentation to
- Assist with writing, editing and updating policies and procedures, web content, and correspondences with
- Assist in maintaining endowed scholarship user agreements. Assist in tracking and updating endowed scholarship information. Counsel students on endowed scholarships.
- Work closely with other offices, including the Business Office, Registrar and Development
- Maintain a collaborative work environment and work well with others.
- Other duties as assigned.
Grade 6Required Skills
Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in the Financial Aid field required. Experience working within a college or university Financial Aid Office strongly preferred. Ability to read, comprehend, and comply with federal and state laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to the provision of student financial aid. Requires the ability to analyze situations and accurately recommend or adopt an effective course of action; ability to communicate effectively and positively with diverse populations of students, staff, and the public using tact and courtesy in sometimes confrontational or difficult situations. Strong attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and excellent follow through; ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to plan, organize and prioritize work to meet schedules and deadlines. Skilled multi- tasker with the ability to change priorities amongst multiple competing constituencies, projects and resources. Ability to interact effectively as a member of a team, and to work collaboratively with other departments. Ability to listen to the needs of the students and staff and to understand and respond to their requests in a timely manner. Ability to work without close supervision. Ability to work a flexible work schedule, with occasional nights and weekends, required. Works to build an environment that promotes and facilitates the success of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. May not sit on boards or councils for lenders.Job Location Gulfport, Florida, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular