The Financial Aid Technician performs a variety of complex and technical duties involved in providing financial assistance for students, including the verification of eligibility and the awarding of aid. The Technician also serves as a comprehensive point of contact in Financial Aid - providing accurate direction and guidance to students, their families, and staff in all aspects of the financial aid process - identifying those who need to meet with a financial aid counselor or administrator to resolve more complex issues.
- Provide advising and general customer service to prospective, newly admitted, and current students and parents regarding various aspects of the financial aid process, including application steps, student eligibility, educational costs, types of financial aid available, and loan activities, while tailoring the information to the particular needs, situation, and level of background of each customer.
- Assist in determining and evaluating student financial aid eligibility by performing verification of individual student application data, reviewing, and confirming general student eligibility criteria (i.e., citizenship, selective service, NSLDS, etc. database matches), and performing/calculating need analysis.
- Provide specialized processing and customer support specific to assigned financial aid program(s), assist with information dissemination and training of students and staff on various aspects of assigned program – under direction of the program lead.
- Provide processing and technical assistance to support the administration of general financial aid programs and functions, which includes monitoring and re-evaluating continued student eligibility, making and revising financial aid awards, processing reports, and other activities during various stages of the financial aid cycle.
Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge and experience with technology, including equipment (computers, scanners, etc.) and software applications (MS Office, student systems). The ability and motivation to acquire and apply new knowledge and implement new software applications. Ability to work with numbers with accuracy. Ability to maintain accurate records. Ability to exercise sound judgment and to maintain confidentiality of student records. The Financial Aid Technician has a key role in electronically processing a high volume of financial aid records daily, including loans, grants, and scholarships. The technician performs advanced work related to award revisions, resolving data discrepancies, and adjustments to aid packages to coordinate various types of aid. The technician has responsibility for analyzing and determining the accuracy and completeness of all incoming information, including - but not limited to - federal tax documents, INS documentation, Independent Certification documents, Selective Service and Veteran documentation, etc. The use of technology, analytical skills, and attention to accuracy is vital to the success of the Technician and the Financial Aid Office as errors may result in significant liability for students as well as the institution. In-depth knowledge and understanding of current financial aid need analysis methodology and federal and state financial aid program guidelines. Knowledge of financial aid regulations, practices, and resources. Knowledge of online student information systems. The technician must possess a strong understanding of federal, state, and institutional policies and procedures in order to accurately guide students through financial aid, scholarship, and loan processes.
Ability to handle information in a confidential and professional manner. The Technician provides basic advising and serves as a comprehensive initial point of contact in Financial Aid. The Financial Aid Technician must act professionally when encountering upset students whose award package, or disbursement of funds, has been delayed or denied. Must be able to deal effectively with the dejection that some students feel when confronted with limited resources to make their educational dreams come true as well as parents and students who may become adversarial in attempts to improve their treatment or expedite the processing of their application and/or forms. The Technician is knowledgeable of the various financial aid policies, procedures, and regulations, and must respond to difficult inquiries while remaining supportive, calm, and professional even under highly charged circumstances.
Our service structure calls upon technicians to explain, sometimes to defend, decisions made by other technicians and/or counselors. Because of the shared workload and working styles of a large group of individuals, successful technicians must be excellent communicators, good negotiators, team players, and excellent colleagues who share the goals and the hard work necessary to achieve them. The large volume of documents, forms, and reports requires the Financial Aid Technicians work under continuous pressure to meet various deadlines while maintaining extreme attention to detail and accuracy. Technicians must be able to work flexibly with diverse constituencies and possess the ability to manage multiple competing priorities, while providing outstanding customer service.
Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."
Education and Experience
Equivalent to two (2) years of responsible general clerical experience in a college or university financial aid office required. Bachelor's Degree preferred.
Enrollment Services - Financial Aid
Student Personnel Technician, Financial Aid
Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources.
CSU Classification Salary Range: $3,866 - $5,440 per month
Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.
Full-time temporary position for one (1) year with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.
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