You're the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid

You're the DirectorWhether you’re the financial aid director or an understudy rehearsing for the leading role, You’re the Director: A Guide to Leadership in Student Financial Aid (2nd edition) can help. In this anthology—written by and for financial aid professionals—you will find guidance on leadership, long-term planning, crisis management, budgeting, hiring, and so much more. This book is a must-have for new and aspiring financial aid professionals, as well as for seasoned financial aid directors seeking to improve their leadership skills.

This fully revised and updated second edition of the 2012 classic from NASFAA features five brand new chapters:

  • Developing Your Star Qualities: Preparing Yourself to Become the Director
  • Setting Priorities in Your First Year as Director
  • A Seat at the Table: How to Bring the Financial Aid Office into Institutional Discussions
  • Bringing Up Boss: Cultivating a Positive Relationship with Your Brand New Supervisor
  • Seven Mistakes New Directors Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Either way, you’re guaranteed to steal the show.


The Art and Science of Student Aid Administration in the 21st Century

Who should pay for college? Who should be helped? How long should assistance last? Published in 2010, this book by student aid veteran Joseph A. Russo explores these and many other fundamental questions in financing American postsecondary education. Each chapter takes on an important topic and reviews and highlights various aspects of the student aid, such as its history, the concept of need, tax policies, special challenges, future issues, and much more.

About the Author

Joseph A. Russo, former director of student financial strategies at the University of Notre Dame, is the author or coauthor of three books and dozens of professional articles, and has testified before the U.S. Congress on major student aid public policy issues. He served as editor of NASFAA’s Journal of Student Financial Aid for 21 years.

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