Job Title: Financial Aid Assistant

Reports to:School Administrator
Typical Schedule:245 days/7.5 hours
Bargaining Unit:USEP SRP

 

FLSA:Non-Exempt
Job Code:TBD
Salary Schedule:18B

JOB GOAL

Responsible for assisting with processing federal, state, and institutional financial aid funds and services for postsecondary students.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.

  1.   Assist students with the financial aid application process, and inform them of their financial obligation, the institution’s financial options, and                      financial policies and procedures as related to their education expense.

  2.   Assist with processing financial aid applications and related documentation for determination of eligibility. Assist with the financial aid process to              ensure quality processing of student files and accurate processing of funds in compliance with applicable federal and state regulations.

  3.   Enter student tracking data into financial aid software systems for federal, state and local awards. Monitor students’ finance activities to ensure                  timely file processing, billing, funding and collections. Prepare excel spread sheets for financial aid processing and appropriate disbursement of                funds.

  4.   Update and maintain information regarding new and continuing student enrollment and satisfactory academic progress for students.

  5.   Complete requests from official agencies relative to student aid information. Assist with providing documentation for federal, state and district                  audits. Assist with compiling federal, state and VA financial aid expenditure reports.

  6.   Initiate requisitions for educational credits and student refunds.

  7.   Interact with district and school staff to verify the complete disbursement of awards and reconcile numerous financial records with Common                      Origination Disbursement (COD).

  8.   Assist with the development of school’s policies and procedures for financial aid that comply with local, state and federal guidelines.

  9.   Complete reports to comply with federal, state, local and VA reporting requirements, including recertification applications, Integrated                                  Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Gainful Employment, National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS), and consumer information.

10.   Proactively review financial aid programs to increase funding amounts and types.

11.   Perform other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of current federal and state financial aid rules, policies and reporting requirements.
  • Working knowledge of student financial software and operating systems.
  • Ability to effectively organize, establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively use technology in daily work, including spreadsheets and other applicable software programs.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE

  • Associates Degree
  • Two years of related experience with student finance process within an education environment
  • OR
  • An equivalent related training and experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES & REGISTRATIONS

None

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Four years of related experience with student finance process within an education environment

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY

None

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 25 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.

MACHINES, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Financial Aid Assistant;   EST: December 4, 2012 ;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: December 4, 2012