The Financial Aid Counselor is responsible for providing direct service to students primarily in the area of verification and funds reconciliation. In addition, the Counselor will assist students and families in regard to the financial aid process and advise them in all phases of the aid application and delivery system. This position will evaluate financial aid applications and determine aid packages in accordance with federal, state, and institutional policies governing financial aid.
Bachelor’s degree plus one year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Working knowledge of Title IV programs and federal and state regulations.
Knowledge of integrated financial aid systems – Ellucian/Datatel preferred.
Proficient with Microsoft Office.
Must be organized, detail oriented, able to multi-task and work independently.
Accuracy and attention to detail are imperative.
Ability to collaborate with others and exercise sensitivity to matters of confidentiality.
Excellent communication skills
Commitment to student service
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed
Collects, verifies, and/or analyzes financial data on students to determine aid eligibility; makes awards with federal, state, and/or institutional guidelines
Counsels and advises students about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, aid programs, costs, indebtedness, and money management.
Provides a default management and debt counseling program to students
Answers questions, inquiries, or requests from students, parents, or campus constituencies regarding financial aid programs
Coordinates awards to students from the Maryland Higher Education Commission
Assists with the monthly reconciliation for aid programs
Analyzes various system generated reports such as grades and enrollment status to verify compliance and eligibility of students receiving aid under federal and institutional guidelines
Screens aid applications and supporting documentation submitted by students for accuracy and consistency
Collects and tracks financial aid documents
Provides specific programs and project support as needed
Assists with the day-to-day processing of student and parent loans
Ensures timely, effective service to students, families, and other constituencies on financial aid matters
Participates in student recruitment, outreach, and retention programs
As Maryland's third-largest independent university, Stevenson serves more than 4,400 students pursuing bachelor's, master's, and adult undergraduate degrees in the classroom and online. Founded in 1947 as Villa Julie College, the University is committed to providing a career-focused education and to offering programs that ensure our students' success in an increasingly dynamic job market.The University imbues its emphasis on career throughout the educational experience, from coursework to experiential learning. In addition to providing students with a quality liberal arts education, the University also stays true to its tagline, "Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career." Stevenson graduates gain the knowledge and skills that they can apply to not just their first job or graduate course but also carry with them throughout their lives. This promise is made explicit through the Career ArchitectureSM model, which carefully mentors students through a process of learning who they are within a framework of theory, practice, and mentoring. Stevenson has historically high job and graduate school placement rates for its students, helping them find success by starting their careers or by ente...ring graduate school for continuing their education. In 2013, the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA) recognized the impact of the Career Architecture process by awarding Stevenson with its annual MCDA Organizational Career Planning Award. This award recognizes an institution that has developed an excellent program for career development within the organization.