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Profiles in the Financial Aid Profession: Marty Case from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing

October 20, 2011

Marty Case, Financial Aid Director, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing

Raina Chezem: How did you get into the financial aid industry?

Marty Case: After graduating from Purdue, I worked in banking for about 8 years as an AVP for Consumer Lending.  One of the departments I was in charge of was the student loan department which gave me the “in” to the financial aid industry.  I heard about an opening in the financial aid office through my contacts and decided to apply.


Raina: How long have you been in financial aid?

Marty: I have worked directly in an aid office for just over 20 years.


Raina: What do you most enjoy about your job?

Marty: What I enjoy most about my job is working with students who, without my help, would likely find attaining their goal of a college degree a very difficult thing.  One of the very rewarding things of working at a small institution is getting to know the students, seeing them succeed, and actually being told “thank you” by some of the appreciative students who understand the tremendous amount of work we do in our aid offices.


Raina: What major changes have you seen in financial aid in the past year?

Marty: The transition to Direct Lending has been the most significant change over the past year.  Two Pells in a year was a huge change in processing and just when I decided it was absolutely the right thing for students, it went away.   In this industry, things sometimes change so rapidly that it’s hard to remember the way things used to be as it takes tremendous effort to stay on top of the changes.


Raina: Within the financial aid community, who has been a mentor to you?

Marty: Kathleen White is certainly the person I consider as my most significant mentor.  During the 1st month in my new financial aid job, my institution hosted a Counselor Workshop at which she was doing the SSACI presentation.  From the moment I met her, she really gave me no choice but to allow her to help and encourage me. What a comfort it was knowing I could pick up the phone anytime I needed, and she would point me in the right direction.


Raina: If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be?

Marty: Of course I would have to say Deb,Sue, and Donette.  Oh wait, you probably mean even bigger celebrities than they are, and people I haven’t had lots of dinners with?  My mother whom I miss a lot, Elton John, and Melanie, my cousin who I haven’t seen in a very long time.   If Elton isn’t free to entertain us, then how about Lady Gaga?


Raina: What is your dream job?

Marty: This one is so easy…I want to be the guy on the beach in California who has a cooler full of pina coladas and beer on the back of his bike riding up and down the beach all day as thirsty tourists give him their money. 


Raina: What is something most people do not know about you?

Marty: I am a volleyball fanatic.  I started playing competitive volleyball in college and have continued playing all these years since.  There is something very satisfying and tension-relieving about being able to legally hit an object as hard as I can at someone’s head.  I guess I just revealed something else about myself that most people don’t know…I’m slightly evil and mischievous  🙂


Raina Chezem, Midwest Regional Director (IL, IN, MN)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. abdulmalik yusuf permalink
    October 21, 2011 2:23 am

    That is a very good job. Financial aid to student will allow them to have their education be a successful one, beside the burden of debt repayment. In addition, my question here is when do the student make repayment of the debt?

    • November 10, 2011 11:29 am


      They make payments when they graudate from college or drop below half time enrollment status. They have a six month grace period (to find a wonderful job) and then start repayment. If they run into problems we are always here to help.

      Also, if they have an unsubsidized loan. I would encourage them to pay the interest while in school. Completely voluntary. My son is a freshman in college and has an unsubsidized loan and that is what I am encouraging him to do.

      Did that answer your question?

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