Your Thoughts: What Do You Love Most About Financial Aid?

Appreciation is in the air! In honor of Valentine's Day tomorrow, take a moment to tell us what you love most about financial aid in the comments section below.


Publication Date: 2/13/2015

Brenda H | 2/18/2015 12:56:41 PM

Coaching a student through the financial aid process who has little or no adult support and seeing them take the knowledge, run with it and make something of themselves.

Sharon C | 2/18/2015 10:21:28 AM

Students that have never been given a chance or don't have much hope realizing that there is a way for them to go to college. Being a part of that moment when they see hope and a future is beyond words.

Tracey D | 2/16/2015 12:17:11 PM

I especially love assisting first generation students. The parents and siblings are so proud of their student and in awe of the campus environment and the opportunity that awaits the student. There are plenty of questions to answer and to help them realize this is a reality makes me love this job.

Jessica W | 2/16/2015 12:17:07 PM

Discussing financial information with students!

Eileen O | 2/13/2015 7:25:05 PM

Those who answered before me have captured the essence of what we do. We endure frustrations for sure, but each time we use our knowledge of financial aid to help a student find a way to pay for college and achieve their dreams, it is all worthwhile. I will often say when one of these students leaves my office, "That's why we do what we do!" I also think there is no other profession that would offer the opportunity to work for the greater good through advocating reasonable, helpful public policy and to do so with colleagues who are not competing with each other but who collaborate towards achieving goals that serve all students.

Bert L | 2/13/2015 6:3:07 PM

What I love most is that it drives me to drink!

Elaine H | 2/13/2015 1:5:55 PM

That what we do changes lives for the common good.

Sandra N | 2/13/2015 12:53:55 PM

Knowing that Financial Aid is a Nobel profession. We make a difference in students lives everyday. I would also add that the people in the financial aid profession are second to none because they are always available to lend a helping hand when colleague needs assistance with anything from sharing an opinion, interpreting regs or sharing best practices. I have made many great friends in financial aid that are now lifelong friends!

Whitney H | 2/13/2015 12:36:50 PM

I love seeing growth in the student's understanding of financial aid and how it works. This is by far the most rewarding part of my job.

Jay C | 2/13/2015 11:34:11 AM

I love helping students understand how financial aid works!

Douglas L | 2/13/2015 11:25:30 AM

Helping to promote world peace. No wait, that's if I were Miss America! Seriously, we are all very fortunate to be working with such a dedicated, knowledgeable group of professionals and caring individuals that our profession attracts. I feel truly honored and blessed to be a member of the financial aid administrators community.

Cristi M | 2/13/2015 11:5:38 AM

The continual changes that happen - seriously. That's what makes this job so fun for me. And tied with that is the opportunity to help students achieve something they have dreamed of. They may not always come back to say thank you, but I know our work has assisted them in ways that have allowed them to finish their education. It's a feeling I sometimes have to try and recapture during those trying times - but it's always there!

Beverly C | 2/13/2015 10:48:14 AM

I love helping students and parents realize their goals. I must also confess, though, that I LOVE solving the mystery of why something didn't work - a loan won't pay, state aid has "disappeared" from an account, the student has letters that show she is not in default when NSLDS shows she is. I love the "total nerd" stuff, just like Leslie T. does.

Heather B | 2/13/2015 9:42:09 AM

Graduation day, and realizing I did my part to help that student fulfill his or her dreams. And - all the friends I've made in this great profession that have become a second family to me!

Leslie T | 2/13/2015 9:35:09 AM

In my day to day job, I love working directly with students to figure out how to make it work. Whether it's walking them through their options before they commit to attend, helping them make wise borrowing choices while they are here, or guiding them through repayment, I enjoy being their partner in the process. I also confess to being a total nerd who enjoys the challenges of the job itself ... compliance, systems, communications, reconciliation.

Bridgette B | 2/13/2015 9:27:48 AM

Hearing from the students who are genuinely appreciative of the assistance and guidance our office provides. It's what keeps me going!

Susan B | 2/13/2015 8:59:32 AM

I help people achieve their dreams...and then they use what they learned at my school to go forth and help more people. This has to be the best job in the world.

Mary K | 2/13/2015 8:51:01 AM

Helping make a student's dream a reality, even if it's just one student.

Meg H | 2/13/2015 8:44:53 AM

First and foremost is helping our students achieve their goals! But I never forget the friendship and camaraderie among my financial aid colleagues and peers! We are a special breed!

Diane R | 2/13/2015 8:44:39 AM

I love seeing the students in their caps and gowns with their families taking photos by the UCF reflection pond. To know that I may have played a part in their success make me happy. The are few greater joys. Diane R

Dianna B | 2/13/2015 8:42:58 AM

Knowing that you are helping a student attend college who might not otherwise attended.

Cathy F | 2/13/2015 8:32:37 AM

The excitement in the voice of students and parents when the realize they can attend our institution. The small but thoughtful notes from students saying thanks for our help and that it made a difference. My colleagues far and wide who are willing to help rather we really don't know the answer to a question or we're just having a lapse in memory.

Matthew S | 2/13/2015 8:27:31 AM

Making a difference in this world!

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