Job Description

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$24.76 - $25.77 / Hour
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Mon - Fri, Occasional Overtime

#123405 Financial Aid Counselor

Filing Deadline: Fri 6/16/2023

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

This is a 100% Contract position for 1 year, providing backfill support for the Student Information System Enterprise System Renewal (SIS ESR) with a high likelihood for a multiple-year commitment.


Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Financial Aid Officer position uses intermediate professional financial aid concepts applied to a limited number of financial aid functions.

The Financial Aid Officer provides information and interpretation of standard policies, procedures, and regulations related to student aid administration. Provides individual counseling on routine aid issues and escalates non-routine issues to the supervisor. Provides alternatives and makes referrals to outside resources as appropriate. Additionally, the Financial Aid Officer determines and recommends adjustments for standard educational costs and/or family contributions used to establish students' financial need to successfully affect the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students.

~Available to work overtime during peak periods; some domestic travel may be expected.

~Must be able to withstand the demands of heavy public contact.

A cover letter is required for a complete application.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • Basic knowledge of policies, regulations, and practices for awarding financial aid.

  • Basic knowledge of University policies, processes, and procedures.

  • Basic knowledge of advising and counseling techniques.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of policies to individual situations. Demonstrated knowledge to independently understand, analyze, and interpret moderately complex financial documents and programs; including the ability to interpret Federal, State and University-wide regulations and to apply these policies to decisions, policy and procedures and convey their intent and requirements in an easily understood language, both orally and in writing.

  • Problem identification and critical thinking skills. Demonstrated skill to solve and foresee unexpected logistical problems and make sound last-minute decisions using past experience and knowledge. Ability to appropriately escalate non-standard issues.

  • Ability to calculate financial aid with attention to detail and accuracy. Demonstrated ability to learn and understand financial aid eligibility requirements pertaining to academic progress, citizenship eligibility, default and overpayment of federal aid, etc.

  • Organizational skills and ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines.

  • Ability to assess processes and recommend improvements. Good interpersonal skills.

  • Proficiency with standard office software, internet, and email applications. Basic knowledge of common University-specific computer application programs.

  • Experience using complex databases.


  • Duties may require direct contact with children (defined as individuals under the age of 18). Completion of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) form is required.

  • Job offer is contingent upon a satisfactory clearance of a background check.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $43,900 - $91,900 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $21.02 - $44.01

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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