Financial Aid Counselor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 410600 - Financial Aid
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Responsible for providing financial aid data entry, while helping students/parents seek assistance and reviewing applicant files to determining eligibility for Title IV assistance.

Salary Grade:  12

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Meet with students on a regular basis and provide guidance on the process of completing
the financial aid application for federal (Title IV), state aid and institutional aid programs
2. Review and analyze student submitted documents for verification purposes
3. Review and complete needs analysis to determine award amounts for individual students
based on federal, state, and institutional regulations
4. Process, review and reconcile student loans
5. Work with students who are not meeting satisfactory academic progress standards for
financial aid purposes
6. Provides financial aid counseling to students and parents on the consequences of fully or
partially withdrawing from a semester
7. Reviews and accesses financial aid information, including electronic data and reports, to
determine Federal Title IV aid eligibility of students who have withdrawn, received an F
grade, or have repeated course work
8. Stays abreast of all federal, state, and institutional rules and regulations applicable to
determine eligibility for aid of students
9. Provides input into the development and revision of all letters, memoranda, and other
documents used to communicate with students, parents, faculty and staff
10. Provides student financial aid presentations for student groups and/or functions sponsored
by high schools and community colleges, and other groups
11. Participates in student orientation and financial aid presentation events
12. Participates in staff development and financial aid training events
13. Performs related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree Business related field

Experience: Two years of financial aid or business/accounting experience

Substitution Allowed:
Any equivalent combination of related experience and/or education approved by the Department of Human Resources Management.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
2. Strong analytical and organizational skills
3. Ability to learn, interpret and apply complex federal financial aid regulations
4. Ability to work with a diverse group of people
5. Ability to utilize computer skills in an automated work environment
6. Ability to provide excellent customer service

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• No or very limited physical effort required.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply with your resume and cover letter to

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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