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OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID

Meet Your Financial Aid Team

When it comes to paying for college, you have options, and we're here to help!  Our staff in the Office of Financial Aid can answer your questions and guide you through the process of finding effective solutions to fund your education. 

For general questions, email us at finaid@wichita.edu.

Read our Office of Financial Aid Code of Conduct.

JPEG Image  Sheelu Surender, Director of Financial Aid

  • Oversees all staff, budget, and financial aid operations

  • Collaborates with stakeholders to communicate, develop, and implement recruitment and retention strategies related to the use of financial aid funds

  • Serves on the President's Diversity Council

 

 

JPEG Image  Donna Carter, Associate Director, Program Management

  • Oversees the processing and reporting duties related to the Federal Student Aid programs as well as the State of Kansas financial aid programs

  • Supervises the Program Management team

 

 

 

                     Vacant, Assistant Director, Systems & Eligibility

  • Oversees Banner Financial Aid module system functionality, including patches, updates, and testing

  • Resolves student data conflicts

  • Manages system processing, including new year set up and regulatory enhancements

  • Supervises the Systems & Eligibility team

 

JPEG Image  Angie Zeorlin, Assistant Director, Scholarships

  • Responsible for the oversight and management of scholarship administrative functions

  • Handles the in-system creation, tracking, and posting of scholarships from departmental sources

  • Ensures that Wichita State maintains compliance with the NCAA and American Athletic Conference in the administration of federal, state, and institutional aid to student athletes

 

Courtney Lockhart  Courtney Lockhart, Assistant Director, Student Services & Outreach

  • Responsible for oversight of all outreach programs, communication content, and students services in the office

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

  • Serves as a staff resource on complex financial aid advising questions

  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid

JPEG Image  Julie Scott, Business Technology & Data Analyst

  • Provides business process, system support, and data quality governance for financial aid data through data coordination, integration, and reporting

  • Ensures efficient processes and consistent data flows to financial and university stakeholders

  • Designs, develops, test, and implements changes to the Banner Financial Aid module

 

JPEG Image  William Fulls, Compliance Officer

  • Internal compliance research expert for the financial aid leadership team and staff

  • Manages on-going efforts to ensure office policies and procedures meet all statutory and regulatory requirements

  • Coordinates required consumer information documentation and disclosures

 

JPEG Image  Angie Linder, Office Manager

  • Provides professional and administrative support to the financial aid staff, including special projects assigned by the director

  • Serves as a budget assistant and completes all Human Resources documentation.

  • Manages ordering, distribution, and inventory of office supplies and publications

 

JPEG Image  Karen Porter, Senior Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

  • Supervises two student assistants and serves as a staff resource on complex financial aid advising questions

  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases

  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid

JPEG Image  Jessica Casper, Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases

  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid

 

 

JPEG Image  Tegan Perry, Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases

  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid

 

 

JPEG Image  Alysa Janner, Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases

  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid

 

 

JPEG Image  Karen Wilson, Financial Aid Representative

  • Greets all visitors to the office and assesses student questions

  • Provides administrative and customer service support for the Student Services & Outreach unit, including managing the office voicemail account

  • Logs documents received via fax, mail, and in-person

 

 

JPEG Image  Loretta Jackson, Program Specialist

  • Manages the review of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • Coordinates consortium agreements and professional judgment requests

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

 

 

JPEG Image  Rebecca Haas, Program Specialist

  • Administers the Federal Direct Loan Programs

  • Certifies private/alternative educational loans

  • Administers Return of Title IV Aid

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

 

 

JPEG Image  Marissa Kouns, Program Specialist

  • Administers the Federal Work Study Program

  • Administers the Federal Direct Loan Programs

  • Certifies private/alternative educational loans

  • Administers Return of Title IV Aid

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

 

JPEG Image  Chris Darnell, Eligibility Specialist

  • Processes citizenship and eligible non-citizenship documentation

  • Manages the Unusual Enrollment History process

  • Administers resolutions for loan default, bankruptcy, and aggregate loan limit issues

 

 

JPEG Image  Christina Covey, Eligibility Specialist - Loans

  • Reviews packaging and awarding financial aid files

  • Processes grade level changes

  • Performs loan file generation, extract, and import processes

 

 

 

JPEG Image  Meghan Simpson, Eligibility Specialist - Verification

  • Reviews and processes verification documentation

  • Processes Pell Grant and TEACH Grant disbursements

 

 

 

 

JPEG Image  Arlene Thomsen, Administrative Specialist – Systems Data Load

  • Performs all data load functions, awarding and packaging, and email generation

  • Coordinates outbound mailings

 

 

 

JPEG Image  Amanda Duffy, Scholarship Specialist

  • Serves as the primary scholarship liaison with the academic colleges

  • Responsible for posting scholarship recommendations from the colleges and other agencies within Wichita State, as well as general funds managed by the office

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions

 

JPEG Image  Heather Hill, Administrative Specialist – Scholarships

  • Performs the Merit Scholarship notification process and generates all congratulatory letters for newly awarded general scholarship funds

  • Logs and posts outside scholarships and Bureau of Indian Affairs checks

  • Provides administrative support for the Scholarships unit