Student Financial Services Advisor
Job no: 499318
College / VP Area: VP for Enroll Management
Work type: Staff
Categories: Financial Services and Procurement, Full Time
PAY GRADE: 28N
CONTEXT OF THE JOB:
Under the general direction of the Senior Student Financial Services (SFS) Advisor, the SFS Advisor is responsible for providing billing and financial aid advisement to students and their families. The SFS Advisor counsels students and families on financing a University of Delaware education. He or she is responsible for analyzing students’ financial circumstances and making decisions regarding waiving late fees, revising loan amounts, adjusting student budgets, releasing holds, and removing students from the cancellation list. As the initial point of contact, the SFS Advisor assesses financial circumstances, using expertise and judgment, to decide upon courses of action for students and families and make changes as appropriate. As part of counseling activities, the SFS Advisor must become knowledgeable about institutional policies regarding federal Title IV regulations and institutional financial aid and billing policies and procedures. The SFS Advisor monitors cases until resolutions of issues are complete.
Topics for which SFS Advisors discuss, review, and provide counseling include, but are not limited to, the following: institutional grants and scholarships, financial aid application (FAFSA), federal verification, entrance and exit loan interviews, billing charges, late fees, financial hold analysis and resolution, appeals, financial aid programs (FFEL, FWS, Perkins, ScIP, PHEAA, and Pell, among others), outside scholarships, third-party billing, general University information, FERPA rules and University confidentiality policy, payment plans, private loans, and financial options identification. The SFS Advisor will be scheduled to handle customer situations via phone, email, or face-to-face (in person or virtually) by the Senior SFS Advisor. The SFS Advisor learns systems, e.g., PeopleSoft, COD, Great Lakes, Campus Logic, among others, related to the delivery of student financial services. The SFS Advisor is responsible for performing outreach to students at financial or academic risk of losing financial aid eligibility. SFS Advisors must have the ability to create, run, and analyze reports to identify targeted populations for follow up and outreach. The SFS Advisor must have excellent communication skills as methods of interaction with students and families flow through a variety of media, including email, letters, phone, in-person/virtual appointments, presentations, and through individual or group question and answer sessions. The SFS Advisor participates on the SFS Financial Aid Committee and works with other professionals to determine appropriate decisions to make regarding difficult circumstances. The SFS Advisor is pivotal in recommending changes to policies and procedures as customer demands dictate. Finally, the SFS Advisor is responsible to identify methods to improve practices, processes, and services within the unit and on behalf of the department and overall University.
All told, the SFS Advisor exercises independent judgment and renders decisions impacting the combined financial aid budget (federal, institutional, state, private) of over $200 million.
- Advises students and families on billing and financial aid matter via phones, email, and in-person appointments, in addition to participating in presentations and question/answer sessions.
- Manages contacts through entire life cycle from original inquiry through to resolution.
- Interprets and executes financial policies and procedures that have potential impact on University enrollment and compliance with federal, state, local, and University policies related to financial aid and billing.
- Makes decisions relating to holds, fee waivers, and cancellations that affect collection of accounts receivables.
- Analyzes and communicates to targeted groups of students for outreach and proactive counseling.
- Ensures financial clearance (to prevent holds or release financial holds preventing students from participating in key functions such as registration and release of certified records) is working effectively.
- Determines educational budget changes to make, increasing or decreasing it, as appropriate.
- Adjusts packages (awards) commensurate with changes in budgets.
- Determines when to waive late fees depending on the student and family circumstances.
- Maintains confidentiality and safeguards the privacy of student, parent, and University information related to financial data, academic data, and University funds in compliance with federal and state laws.
- Recommends changes to methods to improve practices, processes, and services within the unit.
- Joins in financial aid committee discussions and renders opinions on unique professional judgment circumstances.
- Assists in the collection and processing of documentation (e.g., federal verification, Satisfactory Academic Progress, budget increases, professional judgment appeals).
- Refers students and families to appropriate resources.
- Attends professional conferences, meetings, and trainings for financial aid and billing as required.
- Participates in recruitment and advisement events by presenting billing and financial aid information and meeting with students and families.
- Supervises and provides quality control for hourly and student hourly workers as assigned.
- Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree and one year of related work experience, preferably in a services unit in student financial services, financial aid, or student accounts area within a university setting.
- Knowledge of student financial aid, housing, dining, federal work-study, and federal and private educational loan programs and policies in a university setting is preferred.
- Ability to make decisions based on objective data and applying complex regulations and policies.
- Effective oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated customer relations and listening skills.
- Ability to exercise tact and discretion.
- Ability to interpret, adapt, and apply guidelines and procedures.
- Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and locate multiple pieces of essential information to analyze and solve problems.
- Proficient computing skills with experience preferably with PeopleSoft student systems; experience with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software.
- Proficient with email and web navigation.
Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.
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