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(Archived) Financial Aid Counselor

Last Updated: 5/31/23

Job Description

Department: Financial Aid

Full time

Open until filled: Yes

Requisition: 202300139S

Educational and Experience Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree in Business, Counseling, Student Services, or related field. Experience in school or college counseling, financial aid activities or experience in a related field. Additional experience may be considered in lieu of education.

Nature & Purpose of Position:

Serves as Financial Aid Counselor to counsel perspective and existing financial aid applicants and parents concerning financial planning, with emphasis on the application process and available aid programs for qualifying applicants.

Primary Responsibilities:

Provides financial aid information to prospective and currently enrolled students, parents, high school/community college counselors. Provides extensive customer service and assists in counseling students with non-routine, sensitive aid issues. Assist students/parents with accurate FAFSA/TASFA application completion. Maintains student files throughout their college careers and makes changes to financial aid records as necessary. Assists with awards, verification, appeals, special circumstances and other aid processes. Provides advice to students on how to maintain aid eligibility and retention advice on those not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as related to aid eligibility. Performs professional judgement decisions on SAP appeals. Assists with resolving financial issues. Analyzes student’s awards and processes revisions as required. Assists, interprets, and maintains knowledge of current federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures pertaining to financial aid programs. Assists and presents at orientation sessions for groups of incoming new students. Assists with recruiting high school or community college students and gives presentation to small or large groups in all student populations, regardless of classification or major. May help with training new staff. May travel to the campuses of feeder schools or satellite campuses to advise students/parents with financial aid information. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Other Specifications:

Regular contact with students, parents, faculty, and staff. Requires detailed knowledge of university infrastructure, policies, and procedures. Requires thorough knowledge of office systems. Must have the ability to solve operational problems and make suggestions for process improvement. Other University departments, local vendors, and off-campus agencies. Have knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Up to 40% of this position, over the fiscal year during off-peak periods, may be performed remotely as determined by the supervisor.

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity or expression. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code § 51.215.

Physical Address:

Human Resources Department

1831 University Ave, John W. Thomason Bldg. Suite 202

P.O. Box 2356

Huntsville, TX 77341-2356

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Huntsville, Texas, United States
A Great Name in Texas Education! Named for Texas’s greatest hero, Sam Houston State University (SHSU) continually honors its historical roots through academic excellence. For more than 140 years, SHSU has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. Its motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” resonates among its approximately 21,612 students, eight college...