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Financial Aid Counselor

Overview: Financial-aid counselors evaluate college and university student applications for loans, grants and scholarships. They interview the students and compare data about family income and student grades to determine elegibility and amount of financial help possible.
Duties: They assess individual college & university students' needs for financial grants and loans in order to help them complete their education.

Compare student's family income and potential to pay for the student's education. They compare student's grades and motivation and decide who to award the aid based on comparisons.

They confer with college and university administrators to determine how much funding is needed to provide the level of financial aid needed by students.

They request business organizations to contribute to scholarship and fellowship funds that can be used to assist students needing financial help.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Accounting 
A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of financial aid counselors is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018 due to expected increasing enrollment of 18-24 year olds and older adults returning to college.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: The most common training requirement for a top administrative position in a major college or university is a master's, Ph.D. or Ed.D. degree in higher education administration. However, a bachelor's degree will qualify you for a staff job in admissions, student affairs, financial aid and the registrar's office. Educational administration degree programs include courses in school management, school law, finance, curriculum development, research design, community relations and counseling.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
 

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.