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Profiles in Financial Aid: Steve Millnitz from Central Community College (NE)

January 15, 2013
Steve Millnitz, Financial Aid Director, Central Community College (NE)

Steve Millnitz, Financial Aid Director, Central Community College (NE)

If a genie appears in the Central Community College (NE) financial aid office, Steve Millnitz would ask himto give all students the common sense to borrow no more money than they absolutely need.” This student-centric approach has followed Steve during his 26 years in the financial aid industry. Steve relinquishes his role as Financial Aid Director on February 1st, as he enters a new phase in his life called retirement.

Steve has served the industry well, having served as President of NeASFAA and as a mentor to the many individuals who have joined the industry during the past 26+ years.

He found his way into the financial aid profession while he was teaching on the CCC campus. When the position opened up, Steve applied for it.Our enrollment was much smaller at the time, so other assignments came with the position… student activities, monthly campus newsletter, some student advising, and sponsor of the Student Advisory Committee. It sounded interesting so I applied and got the job. It turned out to be a good fit.” After 26 years, indeed, it was a very good fit.

If Steve could change one federal financial aid regulation, he would eliminate the return of federal funds requirement. “It is unnecessarily burdensome. In addition, end-of term calculations occur during the busiest times of the year,” he notes.

His pending retirement will allow him to do more of the things he loves to do, including fly fishing on the Snake River, judge more high school speech and play contests, play more bridge, and perhaps join a senior golf league. “I look forward to spending more time with my wife Pam and taking more frequent trips to Denver and Kansas City to visit our six grandkids.”

Even with a busy work schedule, Steve has found the time to serve as the Board President of First Christian Church, Board Member of the Friendship House, and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

My favorite movie is a spaghetti western that very few people have even heard of, Once Upon a Time in the West, directed by Sergio Leone.  Henry Fonda plays a really, really bad villain.  It’s the Pulp Fiction of westerns,” His favorite stage production, hands down, is Les Miserables, while his favorite book is the  Lord of the Rings trilogy. And if you find him watching TV, chances are that he’s watching The Voice or Seinfeld reruns.

He is very proud of his current and past employees. “We all go “the extra mile” because we genuinely believe that what we do makes a difference, and we rejoice in our students’ successes.

So, as the door closes on Steve’s financial aid profession, it opens to his back porch, as he gets ready to enjoy a morning cup of “good” coffee, with a good book not far away.

Don Buehrer, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Don Buehrer, Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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