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Profiles in the Financial Aid Profession: Janice Barnes from Saint Louis University

January 4, 2011

Janice K. Barnes, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Saint Louis University

Pam King:  How long have you been in the financial aid industry? 

Janice Barnes: I have worked in financial aid 20 years.  If I can count being a Federal Work Study study student, then 23 years.  17 of those years have been spent at Saint Louis University.

Pam:  What is your primary job focus at Saint Louis University? 

Janice: I am the Associate Director of Counseling and Outreach but we have such a great counseling and outreach staff to handle the day to day student contact, most of my time is spent on policy, compliance and process improvement.

Pam: What makes your campus unique? 

Janice: In addition to being a beautiful midtown campus, Saint Louis University creates a sense of community that truly embodies men and women for others, for students as well as faculty and staff.

Pam: What has been the biggest challenge for your office over the past 12 months? 

Janice: Like all offices, the economy has been a challenge this past year.  Families are so committed to providing education for their sons and daughters and they are willing to make huge sacrifices to make that happen.  That fact is even more evident during these hard economic times.

Pam: Are there any primary or coming trends that you see in the financial aid office? 

Janice: Across the board we are seeing an increase in financial aid applications.  Those families that could afford to write a check for tuition are now applying for financial aid as well.

Pam: Who within the financial aid community has been your mentor? 

Janice: Wow, I have had so many mentors along the way.  Idel McCullough hired me as a work study student at UM-St. Louis and taught me the foundation of financial aid.  Sandy Pritt, Dave Mallory and Hal Deuser gave me my first professional opportunity.  Sandy taught me to look until it made sense, whatever “it” was.   I loved watching Ronn Ramey and Kathy Morriss do their thing, especially on a state association level.  And of course our fearless leader, Cari Wickliffe.

Pam: What is the most fulfilling part of your job?  

Janice: Knowing I had a hand in some way of making educational dreams come true.

Pam King, Partner Solutions Coordination and MO

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  1. January 5, 2011 2:26 am

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