Financial Aid Advisor

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Work type: Staff
Location: Multiple Locations, Big Rapids, MI 49307, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Categories: Administrative, Staff

Position Title: Financial Aid Advisor  
Location: Multiple Locations  

61300 - Financial Aid

Advertised Salary: $47,000-$50,000 Salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Continuing  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: Provide financial aid counseling and administration, institutional information disclosure, consumer protection, debt management counseling, financial planning assistance, early financial aid awareness intervention, recruitment, and retention efforts on the part of the University. This position will report to the Big Rapids campus 60% (3 days) and the Grand Rapids campus 40% (2 days).  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  
Required Work Experience: Two years of full-time office experience in financial aid, customer relations (e.g. banking, lending or business), and/or counseling (e.g. financial or educational).  
Required Licenses and Certifications:    
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Sitting
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Demonstrated work experience in financial aid or customer service to students in a postsecondary education setting.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: 1.Manage assigned financial aid programs at a high level that involves maintaining current knowledge and interpreting federal and state regulations, as well as maintaining institutional goals and objectives regarding financial aid.
2.Communicate and maintain a quality working relationship with a diverse student, parent, faculty/staff, and community population, offering information and guidance on financial aid matters at a professional level.
3.Provide counseling to students and parents regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and available financial aid programs.
4.Assist in the development of and implements on-going staff training.
5.Develops and recommends financial aid policies and procedures. Prepares documents such as user manuals and procedures, handouts, and forms.
6.Maintain award budgets and reconcile accounts with the Department of Education, State of MI and other University Departments, as needed.
7.Exercise professional judgment, according to federal financial aid regulations, in an equitable and consistent matter as it relates to changing student’s cost of attendance, changing dependency status, or altering financial aid data due to special circumstances.
8.Determine student eligibility, financial need, and award complex financial aid packages involving, grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.
9.Present financial aid information programs, both on and off campus, including evening and weekend presentations (i.e., Recruiting Events, Financial Aid Nights, and Orientation).
10.Develops computer programs and reports in an effort to analyze, test, and verify system processes and procedures.
11.Maintain statistical data for use in federal, state, and institutional reports.
12.Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.
13.Develop relationships with community partners.
14.This position will report to the Big Rapids campus 60% (3 days) and the Grand Rapids campus 40% (2 days).
15.Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: 1.Communicate effectively with a diverse student, faculty, and staff population both verbally and in writing.
2.Demonstrate excellent organizational skills and meet deadlines.
3.Ability to apply analytical and problem-solving skills to a wide variety of financial situations.
4.Perform various mathematical computations with accuracy.
5.Perform job functions utilizing a variety of technological resources.
6.Possess and maintain current, thorough knowledge of all aspects of federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs and operations as well as related policies and regulations that affect those programs.
7.Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1 
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Unofficial Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
May 27, 2024  
Open Until Position is Filled?: Yes  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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