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Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment

Princeton University
New Jersey, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 30, 2022

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Financial Aid
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Princeton University | Director, Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment
Princeton, NJ

Princeton University is a world-renowned research university with a vibrant community of scholarship, research, and teaching that seeks to serve the nation and humanity. The university's faculty and students have achieved the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding.

Financial Aid at Princeton
Princeton is committed to making a Princeton education affordable to all. Our financial aid program for undergraduates is recognized as one of the most generous in the country, providing financial aid in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. Princeton was the first university in the country to eliminate loans from its financial aid package. In addition, Princeton is one of only a handful of schools in the country that does not limit the financial aid available for international students. The full need of all admitted international students is met just as it is for students from the United States.

A commitment to affordability is a central tenet and guiding priority of Princeton's financial aid strategy, and the University's aid program is designed to encourage all qualified students — regardless of financial circumstances — to consider applying for admission to Princeton. Financial aid is awarded solely based on a student's need, and the average grant fully covers the cost of tuition. The Class of 2025 includes 22% Pell-eligible students; over 60% of our undergraduate students are on financial aid. Of the 18% of our students who accrue debt, their loans on graduation amount to approximately $9,000, well below the national average.

The Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment will lead a full-time, high-performing, highly-collaborative staff of 15, who serve undergraduate students receiving grant aid, as well as aid and non-aid students seeking campus jobs. The department awards over $200,000,000 annually in need-based aid.

The Opportunity
Princeton University seeks an experienced and dynamic leader to serve as its next Director of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment. Reporting to the Dean of Admission, and serving on the Dean of the College's senior leadership team, the director will advance Princeton's transformational leadership in providing access to higher education to a talented and diverse student body.

The next director will lead a unit that has achieved considerable success in developing aid policies and procedures that provide holistic evaluations of all aid applications, even as the number of students on financial aid at Princeton has increased considerably. Princeton's approach to financial aid prioritizes the needs of their student body and applicant population through a careful approach to needs analysis and a home-grown financial aid technology system that supports the evolving needs of Princeton's financial aid program.

The director leads the University's Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid and Student Employment programs and develops long-term aid and student employment strategies in support of the University's mission. In close partnership with the Provost, the Dean of the College, and the Dean of Admission, the director establishes effective aid strategies that help enroll students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

At Princeton, the Director of Financial Aid and their staff works closely with the Dean of Admission and her team to curate incoming classes of students. The staff of the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid also participate in financial literacy initiatives in conjunction with the Office of Campus Life and other campus units. The office collaborates across campus, making it a vital source of support for students, staff, and faculty.

With a focus on continuous improvement, the director uses analytics and evidence-based methods to inform policy and to process initiatives. The director communicates and collaborates with University leadership to enhance aid and student employment policy, approaches, and practices. The director coordinates policy initiatives in conjunction with the Dean of the College and the Dean of Admission through the standing faculty Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid (CUAFA).

The director also oversees Princeton's aid policies, including need analysis methods and packaging procedures; internal and external compliance and risk management, including audit requirements; NCAA regulations; and all Title IV federal rules across campus.

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Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination at Princeton University: Princeton University believes that commitment to principles of fairness and respect for all is favorable to the free and open exchange of ideas, and the University seeks to reach out as widely as possible in order to attract the ablest individuals as students, faculty, and staff. In applying this policy, the University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of personal beliefs or characteristics such as political views, religion, national or ethnic origin, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran status, disability, genetic information and/or other characteristics protected by applicable law in any phase of its education or employment programs or activities. In addition, pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and supporting regulations, Princeton does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates; this extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its supporting regulations may be directed to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education or to the University's Sexual Misconduct/Title IX Coordinator. See Princeton's full Equal Opportunity Policy and Nondiscrimination Statement.

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