Position Classification Title: Financial Aid Advisor Sr,Univ
Position Classification Code: P4009
Job Family: Student Affairs
Pay Level: 08
Exempt Status: Exempt
This description is intended to describe the general nature of the work being performed. It is not intended to be a complete list of specific duties of any particular position. Duties, responsibilities and bargaining unit eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.
Purpose of Classification:
Responsible for an on-going specialized function such as Federal Regulatory Compliance Monitoring or Scholarship Coordination. Provides support and guidance as a student’s single point of contact for all matters related to financial aid opportunities, including but not limited to federal grants, loans, work study, and state, institutional and private scholarships. Follows federal and state regulations and NMSU policies and procedures in the review and analysis of financial aid applications. Acts as an advisor to students, potential students and families, enforces regulations and policies, serves on appeal committee, creates academic plans for students with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) issues and recommends solutions on how to improve their status. Effectively presents federal, state and scholarship aid information to individuals, small and large groups. Leads policy research, implementation, documentation, and training for entire NMSU-system.
Standard Duties:
Meets with students, prospective students, families and community groups to provide information on all available federal, state and scholarship funds, eligibility criteria for each and the application procedures. Perform need analysis according to federal Title IV methodology, review and verify accuracy of applications and complete the packaging of awards for eligible applications. Revise existing awards to reflect changes in eligibility or allowable budget adjustments. Exercise professional judgement in adjusting a student’s application to accommodate documented, qualifying special circumstances. Maintains proactive contact with students and creates solutions to potential setbacks that may affect student retention and works collaboratively with other departments to address and/or resolve issues. Participates in the development, implementation, documentation and training of departmental procedures, as appropriate.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of all types of student aid, and associated regulations, requirement and application processes.
Demonstrated skill in personal computing, including Microsoft Office products. Research and interview techniques for the purpose of recording, classifying and interpreting factual information. Demonstrated skill in using initiative and resourcefulness to plan work assignments and implement long-range goal planning.
To access specialized systems related to the awarding, disbursement and reporting of student aid. To accurately interpret and make recommendations for implementation of federal, state, institutional and private rules and regulations. To build and maintain excellent working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students and general public. To exercise professional judgement in line with federal and state regulatory guidelines.
Minimum Qualifications:
   Education- Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
   Experience- Three (3) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.
   Equivalency- None
   Departmental Requirements-
   Special Requirements-