Financial Aid Counselor

Position Overview

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships reports to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management which includes the following functional units: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Office of Graduate Admissions, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Information Systems and the Office of the University Registrar.

The University of Kansas Lawrence Campus office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (FAS) serves students, families, and the community by providing federal, state, and institutional financial aid information and resources to assist students in achieving their educational goals. FAS is committed to providing quality financial aid services to its constituents while maintaining accountability in the administration of public, institutional, and private financial aid funds. Services are designed to support the educational goals of the individual student and the goals of the university as they relate to retention and graduation.

This position provides quality service to prospective and current students, requiring strong public communication and writing skills. Financial aid staff members must possess the ability to understand, interpret, and effectively administer financial aid programs governed by the Federal Higher Education Amendments (HEOA), as well as other federal, state, institutional and private financial aid regulations and policies.

In addition to a competitive salary, KU offers great benefits to employees with up to 176 hours of paid vacation per year, 8 hours of sick leave earned every month, nine paid holidays plus one discretionary day, a retirement program, medical & dental insurance, life and disability insurance, other benefit plan options and State of Kansas discounts offered by various vendors. KU also offers employees educational and professional development opportunities. KU is a great place to work! The University actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups.

Job Description

85% Financial Education
  • Educates prospective and current students regarding school-related financial aid including the application and awarding process, budgeting and the securing of resources to meet expenses.
  • Manages student caseload by engaging in proactive outreach. Outreach campaigns will encompass students with barriers to packaging and disbursement (verification, missing documents) as well as students with outstanding balances.
  • Serve as primary point of contact for students, families, University colleagues, and other parties in appointments (in-person, phone, virtual) and via email regarding scholarship and financial aid programs and processes.
  • Conducts on-campus and off-campus financial aid and scholarship information programs, high school visitations, joint Admissions/Financial Aid & Scholarship programs, and summer orientation programs (requires some evening and weekend hours).
10% Supports Financial Aid Processes
  • Processes requests related to Need Analysis, Fee Waivers, Verification of Aid, NPY Hold Releases, Budget Adjustments and Reinstatement of Aid. Requires extreme accuracy and professional judgment.
  • Serves as a back-up for processing KUEA loans and completes other processing tasks as assigned.
5% Other Duties as Assigned
  • Active participant on the Enrollment Management committees and task forces as assigned.
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as assigned by Associate Director

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree by the time of appointment.
  2. Effective written communication skills as evidenced by application materials.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Minimum one year experience in financial aid, scholarships, admissions, advising, or other area related to student support services.
  2. Demonstrated strong service delivery skills.
  3. Demonstrated effective oral communication skills, including conducting presentations.
  4. Computer proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
  • A cover letter addressing how required qualifications are met
  • Resume
  • 3 Professional References
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review is Tuesday, May 30, 2023 and will continue until a qualified pool of candidates has been identified.

Contact Information to Applicants

Stephanie Covington

Advertised Salary Range


Application Review Begins

Tuesday May 30, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Monday June 26, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25145BR
  • Department:  Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  On-Site
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  30-May-2023

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