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Profiles in Financial Aid: Brenda Brown

January 29, 2014

We love learning about our colleagues in the industry! Here’s a recent interview with an outstanding financial aid director, originally published in NASFAA’s Today’s News on January 3, 2014:

brenda_brownBrenda Brown
Director of Financial Aid at University of Miami School of Law
(Coral Gables, Florida)

Brenda began her financial aid career 25 years ago, in December 1988, as a financial aid advisor at the University of Miami Office of Financial Assistance Services. While there, she held several positions at differing levels including financial aid advisor, delivery and scholarship coordinator, and a number of assistant director and manager positions which included responsibilities in areas such as counseling, verification, staff training and publications. In June 2002, she moved to the law school as an associate director of financial aid and a few years later was promoted to director. Brenda has served on NASFAA’s Graduate & Professional Initiatives Committee (GPIC), NASFAA’s Student Access & Diversity Committee, and has been active at her local level serving on the Executive Board of the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA).

What I do when I’m not at work:

I usually stick close to home and spend time with family. I enjoy cooking, reading, listening to music and watching sports. But, every now and then I like to travel. When I travel I have three things I always try to do: 1) visit a Major League baseball park; 2) visit a national park; 3) dine at any place that Guy Fieri has recommended on his show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

The best advice I ever got:

Never respond in anger. Let some things sit before responding, so you never “add fuel to the fire” or say anything you may regret later.

If I weren’t working in financial aid:

I would probably be in some area of finance, since that was my major in college. However, if I could have a “do over,” I would have studied communications to be a sports broadcaster.


Check out the full interview at

Dana Kelly, Trainer and Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

Dana Kelly, Trainer and Southern Regional Director, Nelnet Partner Solutions

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