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Financial Aid Specialist

Apply now Department: 3670003540 Student Financial Assistance
Job no: 516051
Employment type: Staff Full Time (Unclassified - Regular)
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: Hybrid eligible (partially remote, must reside in US)
Categories: Academic Advising / Support, Administrative / Professional, Business / Accounting / Finance
Pay Grade: 07A

About This Role:

The processing unit within the Office of Student Financial Assistance is responsible to maintain the smooth delivery of Federal Student Aid to the students at the UniversityTasks performed include: 

  • Auditing specific fields on the FAFSA to verify accuracyVarious sources of approved documentation are used to conduct the auditWhen necessary, the incumbent will contact the student/family by phone/email to resolve issues to move the application for aid forwardUpdates to the system are made when discrepancies are discovered. 
  • Analyzing documentation submitted by the student to resolve issues surrounding eligibility for Federal Student AidResearch is sometimes necessary to determine if documentation submitted is acceptable. 
  • Reviewing reports and the results from queries to take appropriate action in the systemUpdates to certain data elements may be necessary to continue the efficient processing of the financial aid application. 
  • Collaborating with other team members within the processing or advising units with the end goal of efficiently moving the student’s application for federal aid through each step. 

Why Join Us:

The staff members in the Office of Student Financial Assistance serve students and their families now and throughout their time at Kansas State University.

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays. To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion. The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others. The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

Worksite Options:

This position is hybrid eligible (must reside in US) Following a successful probationary period, this position may be eligible for a hybrid work experience allowing up to 2 days remote. 

Visit this link for K-State’s guidance and policies on remote work and flexible work arrangements. Remote work agreements are required for all flexible work arrangements and are subject to review.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma
  • Three years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate degree or higher  
  • Experience in a business-related field, such as accounting, finance, or tax preparation
  • Experience in researching and interpreting regulations and compliance-related topics  
  • Complex, analytical thinking skills 

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.
  • Individual may not be in default on a federal student loan and/or owe an overpayment on a federal student aid grant – to ensure that the individual may be issued access to various student aid databases by the U.S. Department of Education essential to completing tasks associated with this position.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Three professional references

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled.

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

$17.69 hourly

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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