Meet NAFSAA's 2013 Policy Intern Charlotte Etier!

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Hello! I am very excited to introduce myself to NASFAA's membership: My name is Charlotte Etier, and for the next 11 weeks I will be NASFAA’s summer 2013 policy intern for the Dallas Martin Fund for Education (DME) in Public Policy and Student Aid. Your donations to the DME have allowed NASFAA to continue to cultivate the next generation of student aid advocates, like me!

I am currently a graduate student at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), studying to receive my M.S. in Counselor Education with a specialization in student development in higher education. During the academic year I work as a graduate assistant in CCSU’s financial aid office. During that time, I counsel students and families on financial aid questions and decisions, while learning the ropes of financial aid administration. I am also working on my graduate thesis, which will focus on campus-based financial literacy programs and how they affect student borrowing and college completion rates. Prior to returning to school to obtain my master’s, I spent four years working at a large youth-based nonprofit, where I engaged with multiple communities in Connecticut via recruiting, fundraising, and public speaking. 

My bachelor’s degree is in political science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and my interest in financial aid is what drew me to NASFAA. I have a strong passion for increasing student access to higher education, and am thrilled to have opportunity to gain real-world policy experience on Capitol Hill. I cannot wait to work with NASFAA's advocacy and policy team this summer! I’ll be sharing my experiences with everyone, so make sure to check to my blog to see what’s been going on! If you wish to contact me please feel free to send me an e-mail: EtierC@NASFAA.org

Thanks for allowing me this opportunity! 

Charlotte

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