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Profiles in the Financial Aid Profession: Jason Cupp from Los Angeles Film School

October 10, 2011

Jason Cupp, Director of Financial Aid, Los Angeles Film School

Jon Potter:  What are you most proud of with your financial aid office?
Jason Cupp: I’m very proud of my team. We’ve had to work harder to meet the demands, higher expectations, and still maintain regulatory compliance. All this was done while facing record enrollments.

Jon:  Are there any primary or coming trends that you see in the financial aid office?
Jason:  Gainful employment is a scary prospect for proprietary institutions. This will have a significant impact on our day to day operations.

Jon: Who within the financial aid community has been your mentor?
Jason: My Financial Aid Counselor when I was Undergraduate. She was very caring and never gave up on finding resources to assist any of us students.

Jon: Where do you think schools should focus their efforts with regard to default prevention strategies given the industry’s move to a 3-yr. CDR model?
Jason: Schools should increase staff and create a robust call center. If you think about it, schools are ultimately taking on the role of the “Guarantor.” We need to make the move to hiring consultants and assist with default prevention strategies. Lastly, we need to lobby each of the servicers to help us from a technology standpoint.

Jon: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Jason: I wanted to be a doctor. Growing up, I had a family member who was chronically ill, and I was determined to help them get better. However, after college, I realized that path wasn’t for me. Still, I took the idea of helping others, which is what I believe I’m doing today.

Jon: What do you like most about your job?
Jason: Every day is a great adventure!  I never know what my day looks like or what will come my way. As I see it, every student will bring a different situation to the table, and it’s up to me and my team to assist them any way possible. I enjoy overcoming obstacles to assist my students achieve their ultimate dreams of attaining their education.

Jon: What is your favorite book, movie, or food?
Jason: The movie “Clue” because it’s surrounded around mystery, wittiness, and full of satire. The most interesting thing about it is the audience walks out thinking of different outcomes.

Jon: Name one thing that many people do not know about you?
Jason: Most people aren’t familiar with my educational background. I’m getting my PhD in Higher Education, which (as far I can tell) is unusual in the Financial Aid Industry.

Jon: What is your favorite television show?
Jason: Survivor

Jon Potter, Western Regional Director (CA)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. ted permalink
    October 17, 2011 12:47 pm

    What a hot FinAid Director!

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