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Counselor-Student Financial Aid

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State University

Accounting & Finance, Legal
Clarksville, TN, USA
Posted on Thursday, November 2, 2023
Position Summary Information
Position Summary
The Counselor is responsible for the administration of federal programs, to include the Federal Pell Grant program, SEOG Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Direct Loan Program, Tennessee Lottery Scholarship, and other state programs. This position is also responsible for counseling students and their families, and for coordination of outreach programs such as financial aid workshops.

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public, doctoral-level university, with six colleges and four Chairs of Excellence. The University has an enrollment of over 9,000 students and is located in Clarksville, Tennessee, a community of an estimated 166,000 people located approximately 40 miles northwest of Nashville, TN.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Responsible for counseling students and parents and assisting them through the financial aid process.
- Counsel students regarding budgeting, loan management, satisfactory academic progress, debt management, and other special circumstances.
- Follow federal and state guidelines, determine eligibility for financial aid programs.
- Resolve student problems, assist with determining the best possible aid package.
- Package financial aid awards according to federal and state regulations.
- Analyze files for professional judgment decisions, special circumstance requests and budget increases.
- Serve as liaison with enrollment management offices and student account services.
- Conduct outreach programs such as financial aid workshops, college night programs.
- Provide quality service to our students and families.
- Supervise student employees.
- Maintain an on-going understanding of the computer programs and their application to all areas of processing and awarding financial aid.
- Maintain current knowledge of federal and state regulations and their application to administration of financial aid programs.
- Certification of federal direct loans.
- Serve on internal and external committees as needed.
- Assist in lottery awarding.
- Assist the executive director, director, and associate director with ongoing projects.
- Review and make decisions on satisfactory academic progress appeals.
- Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Ability to analyze and understand complicated federal and state regulations to ensure university compliance with Title IV.
- Ability to calculate financial need based on eligibility and cost of attendance.
- Ability to recognize and prevent overawarding or underawarding of financial aid.
Physical Requirements

- Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
Required Minimum Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree.
- A minimum of one year of financial aid experience.
- A background check will be required of the successful applicant.
- An official transcript and names, addresses and phone numbers of three (3) references will be required for the successful applicant.