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Washington State University
Student Affairs & Enrollment
Posted: 10/13/2023
Financial Aid Counselor

Financial Aid Counselor, Student Affairs and Enrollment, Vancouver Campus

Be a part of making it possible for students to attend WSU by guiding them through the financial aid and scholarship process!

Summary of Duties:

Represent the Vancouver Office of Student Financial Services by interpreting and communicating complex financial aid, waiver and scholarship information to prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students and their families.

Provide individual counsel and advice to students and/or parents related to applying for, receiving and utilizing financial aid and scholarships. Develop and present informational financial aid sessions for various recruitment and outreach efforts.

This position requires a thorough knowledge of federal financial aid policies related to Title IV as well as University policies and procedures an a solid understanding of campus resources.

Required Qualifications:

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of professional work experience in student services or related education/experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of professional work experience. Any combination of relevant education and professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year‐for‐year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in a college or university setting working with Title IV funding processes.
  • Knowledge of student information systems.
  • Developed written and verbal communication.
  • Ability to work well with diverse populations.
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • PeopleSoft experience.
  • Spanish speaker.

Essential Duties:

50% Student Recruitment and Retention

25% Prospective Student Financial Aid Events

20% Scholarship Promotion and Processing

5% Other duties as assigned.

Application instructions:

Applicants must attach a resume, cover letter and a contributions to equity statement at the time of application. Please read the entire posting description and follow the instructions below to apply.

Additional Information:


Washington State University Vancouver

Department Name:

Student Affairs and Enrollment

City, State, Zip:

Vancouver, WA 98686

Department Links:



Work Location and Schedule:

Hybrid work schedule and flexible scheduling may be an option after the initial training period.

Monthly Salary:

$4,335/month ($52,020/year) Grade 3 Zone 3. In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full approved salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current skills and abilities related to the position. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/.


WSU offers full-time employees a competitive benefits package including up to 49 days off per year through paid holidays/sick leave/annual leave, a choice of retirement plans, medical/dental/vision, basic life and long-term disability insurance, and an employee tuition waiver program.

For a summary of benefits offered by WSU for AP staff visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/2023-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf.

Find total compensation information here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.



Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by November 12, 2023, at 11:59 pm.

Background Check

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need.  A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.

Application Instructions

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application.

Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

  • Resume
  • A cover letter
  • A contributions to equity statement (see information and link below)

Please include a statement on contributions to equity. Provide examples from your past activities and experience as well as your future plans to advance equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at WSU Vancouver. Include examples such as any of the following: Programming, events, and initiatives; Committee, council, or board service; Student and/or staff outreach, recruitment, and retention; Community engagement and volunteerism. WSU Vancouver’s strategic plan embeds equity in all 5 goals, including a specific goal for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (Goal 4). Please see our Strategic Plan, Goal 4 for more information on what WSU Vancouver is doing in this space, https://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/strategic-plan.

About WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver is located on the homelands of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Peoples of the Lower Columbia Valley. One of six campuses in the Washington State University system, WSU Vancouver provides baccalaureate- and graduate-level education to benefit the people, communities and economy of Southwest Washington.

As the only Tier-1, land-grant and public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is committed to accessibility, openness and service to people. WSU appreciates extraordinary community support and is dedicated to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs.

WSU Vancouver leads with an equity lens and is recognized nationally as a top college for equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.