Financial Aid Counselor

Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 08, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time


Financial Aid Counselor

Requested Start Date:

January 4, 2021

Pay Range:

$35,000.00 - $38,000.00

Normal Work Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (some evenings and weekends may be required)

Job Summary:

The Financial Aid Counselor provides quality customer service to prospective, and continuing students regarding financial aid eligibility, analyze federal financial aid applications to determine a student's financial need, prepare and award financial aid packages, and perform all duties related to the financial aid process. Counselors must interact in a professional manner with students and parents in challenging situations to help them resolve financial issues relating to financial aid eligibility and monetary awards.

Essential Functions:

  • Counsels and educates students, parents, and others about financial aid eligibility, application procedures, aid programs, costs, indebtedness, money and management and financial planning.
  • Utilizes and updates database and processes applications for financial aid received from students.
  • 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, or dependency status as exceptions to the prescribed process.
  • 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.
  • Assists with other financial aid activities such as outreach, reporting and monitoring.
  • Speaks to student groups on and off campus with respect to financial aid applications and processes.
  • Answers questions, inquiries or requests from students, parents, or guardians in person or in writing regarding financial aid programs and eligibility.
  • Provides assistance to visitors and general public whether by phone or in person.
  • Completes other duties and special projects as assigned.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Six months full-time experience in financial aid, student counseling or other directly related experience which includes extensive student contact

Preferred Qualifications:

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript

Additional Information: None

Supplemental Questions: None

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