Reporting to the Admissions Supervisor, the Financial Aid Officer assists with various aspects of student financials ensuring that all expected tuition and other student fees are duly and forthrightly collected and received. This highly administrative support position involves meeting with and working with students and their parents, filing, uploading of documents into Lemur and filing cabinets, and reviewing/collecting paperwork. The goal of the Financial Aid department is to ensure that tuition for all students is properly sourced, effectively resourced, planned, recorded, communicated and collected.
- Understand all sources of funding including provincial and federal student loans, U.S Sallie Mae loans, bank lines of credit, UK CDL loans, CSN Swedish Loans and other domestic and international funding sources.
- Ensure that VFS maintains compliance and grows its ability to access these funding sources.
- Maintain effective business relationships with funders, particularly focusing on institutions that provide student lines of credit.
- Submit any required documentation in a timely manner to funding entities (Native Band, RESP, Work Safe BC funding etc).
- Ensure all admissions staff understand and are able to clearly articulate all details pertaining to all various funding sources. Provide required information or training where necessary.
- Source and make available to admissions staff and students/potential students electronic and physical documentation that explains all various funding sources.
- Meet with individual students and their parents to discuss funding options and be able to answer specific questions about all funding sources.
- Ensure all required documents that enable access to funding sources are completed, submitted, and followed up with correctly and efficiently on behalf of the school (VFS) and the student/potential student.
- Provide regular reporting to the Admissions Supervisor and the Directors of Admissions.
- Other duties assigned by the Admissions Supervisor and/or the Directors of Admissions.
- Degree and or Diploma in Business Administration with a minimum of five to seven years in any field relating to financial service.
- Honesty, integrity, absolute trustworthiness.
- Management experience is an asset.
- Phenomenal communication skills required.
- Excellent written and interpersonal skills with an attention to detail and accuracy.
- Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
- Demonstrated incredible judgment and initiative with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
- Highly organized team player with a flexible approach who works well under pressure.
- Ability to meet and exceed established expected cash flow targets.
- Ability to present a professional and positive image and maintain discretion and confidentiality.