The Financial Aid Specialist is a team member of the Financial Aid Office and is primarily responsible for determining student eligibility for financial aid. The Financial Aid Specialist assists the students with processing financial aid forms and advising them about available aid, such as grants, scholarships, and loans.
Counsels students and parents providing guidance throughout the financial aid application process.
Regularly communicates with students, parents, coworkers, lenders, and government agencies regarding financial aid eligibility and awards.
Maintains compliance to federal and state guidelines and other regulations.
Processes applications in an accurate and timely manner, and verifies the accuracy and consistency of the data received from federal tax return transcripts and student financial information.
Determines financial aid eligibility and inputs appropriate awards, adjustments, and/or corrections to assure eligible students receive the opportunity to attend Grace Bible College.
Participates in the packaging and awarding process, ensuring compliance and quality control of data.
Participates in appropriate professional development workshops and seminars as determined by Director of Financial Aid.
Other responsibilities and functions as requested by supervisor and/or senior leadership.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience – Associate's degree, minimum of one year of experience in financial aid processing environment, preferably with Distance Learning Programs; or any equivalent combination of experience, and/or training. Experience in CAMS Enterprise Systems is a plus.
Computer Skills – Possess a working knowledge of computer applications. Must have the ability to accurately and efficiently perform required computerized tasks, with the ability to learn new technology quickly.
Customer Service Skills – Effective written and verbal communication skills required. Frequent interaction with students, parents, and agencies requires positive customer relations and ability to work with diverse populations. A pleasant and helpful demeanor will assist in the favorable development and maintaining of relationships.
Comprehensive Skills - Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
Decisiveness/Reasoning - Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Sound decision making, problem solving, prioritization skills, and prompt follow up are key elements.
Self-Starting Team Player – Must display the ability to be a team player, yet have the self drive to work independently, take initiative, and perform with minimal supervision.
Physical Demands – A minimal amount of travel is required as needed for updates and professional development and various recruiting events. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, talk, and hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
Acknowledge Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior and demonstrate personal maturity and godliness, growing in conformity to the image of Christ.
A genuine interest in the ongoing success of Grace Bible College and the support of the mission statement of “Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society.”