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Financial Aid Counselor

Employer
Presentation College
Location
Aberdeen, Aberdeen, SD, US

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Financial Aid
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

General Purpose

Evaluates financial needs of students from a variety of sources including documentation of financial status and personal interviews. Awards financial aid according to government and institutional regulations and guidelines.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities          

  • Counsels and advises students about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, aid programs, costs, indebtedness, money management and financial planning; individualizes information to the particular needs and situation of the student. 
  • Collects and/or analyzes financial data on students to determine aid eligibility and make awards within federal, donor and/or institutional guidelines.
  • Evaluates unusual/mitigating circumstance documentation or information provided by the student; exercises judgment by making adjustment or revisions to costs, contribution, need or dependency status as exceptions to the prescribed process.
  • Answers questions, inquiries or requests from students, parents, or guardians in person or in writing regarding financial aid programs and eligibility.
  • Assists in the preparation of and presents information regarding federal financial aid, scholarships, employment and grants for various campus groups, high school students and parents at meetings, group discussions, workshops and recruitment sessions. 
  • Analyzes various system generated reports such as grades and enrollment status or award status to verify continued compliance and eligibility of students receiving aid under federal and institutional guidelines; notifies students of changes in eligibility of awards and alternatives to amend the situation.
  • Interfaces with students and lenders, employers, donors, guarantee agencies and/or staff to resolve issues.
  • Assists with other financial aid activities such as outreach, reporting and monitoring.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Education and Training

Bachelor's degree in Business or Public Administration, Humanities or other related field. Two years’ experience in financial aid student counseling; OR, Six years of experience in financial aid, student counseling or directly related experience preferred.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Previous financial aid knowledge and/or general accounting skills experience desirable. 
  • Knowledge of government, donor and/or institutional rules, regulations, guidelines, and procedures for awarding of financial aid.
  • Knowledge of and skill in automated processing.

Core Competencies

Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.  Self-starter, motivated to learn new tasks/information.

Working Conditions

  • Normal temperature working environment. 
  • Moderate to little amount of noise in the work environment. 
  • Friendly, teamwork type of work environment.   
  • Normal amount of overtime and extended work hours required.

College Mission, Vision & Values

As part of the Presentation College Learning Community, you will be expected to play a role in supporting the legacy of the Presentation Sisters, in promoting the Mission, living the Core Values, and furthering the Vision. 

Organization

Making the world a better place!
 

Learning… For a Better World

Using knowledge to improve lives and make our communities a better place is the very heart of what we do at Presentation College. Here, service learning isn’t an add-on or an afterthought. It’s the very foundation of who we are and what our education stands for.

Because, quite simply, that’s what the world needs.

 

Our Catholic Tradition

Our deep Catholic roots guide us in the way we approach learning and living. A core mission of our founders is a sincere commitment to social justice and human dignity, and that commitment is brought to life every day through our efforts to help individuals, families, and communities in need.

 

Our Service Curriculum

In order to fulfill graduation requirements, students complete at least two service learning projects. You’ll have the flexibility to choose from a broad range of service learning programs and opportunities, and you’ll enhance the experience through reflections and journaling.

 

Our Boundless Enthusiasm

From building homes through Habitat for Humanity, to “Shop with the Saints” for families in need, to packing lunches at the local food bank, to hosting community meals and health clinics, to countless other service activities, there’s no limit to our enthusiasm for service. That’s why 97 percent of students say they’re satisfied with service learning at Presentation.

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