Speakers Bureau -  Financial Aid Administration

Financial aid administration is encumbered by an ever-changing set of complex regulations, complete with sub-regulatory guidance to help colleges and universities deliver Title IV aid to eligible students both efficiently and compliantly.  The financial aid landscape in American higher education has been dominated by topics such as student loan debt forgiveness and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can become a source of frustration for an institution, its students, and its staff.  Despite this inherent complexity, speaking engagements help institutions gain a fundamental understanding of various financial aid topics and strategies to help position the institution for both the present and future.

Since financial aid administration is a learned career path, much of the role is adapted through hands-on work, mentorship, independent study, and a commitment to understanding and managing change.  The speakers will share their knowledge and strategies to help institutions further understand the complexities of the profession to mitigate the risk of compliance findings and assessed liabilities – all with your students in mind.

Speaking topics and expected outcomes leverage many of AACRAO’s core competencies and may include, but are not limited to:

  • Change Management

  • Customer Service

  • Data Sharing

  • Financial Aid’s Role in Strategic Enrollment Management

  • Financial Aid’s Role in Strategic Enrollment Management at Community Colleges

  • Free College Programming

  • Handling Ethical Dilemmas

  • Leveraging Multi-Campus Structures

  • Longevity Planning

  • Organizational Change

  • Policy Construction

  • Regulatory Compliance and Audits

  • Strategic Planning in Financial Aid

  • Student Success Strategies with Financial Aid

  • Understanding Financial Aid: What Financial Aid Administrators Do

Financial Aid topics are appropriate for keynote and workshop formats and can be tailored to the needs of the organization/institution.

Available Speakers

Dr. Marc Booker, Vice Provost, Strategy, University of Phoenix

Speaker Availability:

  • 1-2 Hour Keynote Speaker or Closing Speaker
  • Half-day Presentation or Facilitation

Steven McDowell, Associate VP Financial Aid Services & Title IV Compliance-Connecticut State Comm College

Speaker Availability:

  • 1-2 Hour Keynote Speaker or Closing Speaker