Laurie Buck Attain - Practice Leader

Laurie Buck   Attain - Practice Leader Student Financial Aid Consulting Services

Maintaining an efficient, compliant, and service-oriented financial aid operation is no small task for colleges and universities. Yet the need to do so has never been greater. Having a high-functioning financial aid office plays a key role in helping schools meet their strategic enrollment and retention goals, while also avoiding potential costly liabilities. Our Financial Aid Management and Student Services (FAMSS) practice is focused on helping schools optimize their operations, reduce administrative burden, and improve the overall experience for students. We accomplish this by working with your staff to leverage existing strengths, and by sharing our in-depth knowledge of federal regulations, industry best practices, and proven technology solutions. Leveraging 20 years of expertise from The Evans Consulting Group, FAMSS includes these core areas of support: ASSESSMENT AND COMPLIANCE From preventive strategies to corrective action support, our FAMSS team has the proven expertise and depth of knowledge to help your school achieve and maintain good compliance standing. Our services include an independent assessment of your financial aid operations (people, processes and technology), assistance with resolving audit and program review findings (including file reconstructions), and policies/procedures development. Read more. GENERAL CONSULTING Financial aid offices share a common mission to help students finance their higher education, but how they achieve that mission and what “pain points” they experience along the way can vary greatly. Our customized consulting solutions are designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Read more. INTERIM MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING When there’s a key financial aid or student accounts vacancy, having access to highly trained, experienced and readily available interim staff can help ensure uninterrupted services for your students, and provide stability for your office. Read more. TRAINING Whether it’s financial aid basics, customer service strategies, or system-specific training, we provide both on-site and webinar-based training options for all experience levels. Read more. REMOTE PROCESSING Need help handling your back-office financial aid operations? We offer a range of services that support the complete financial aid lifecycle, from document tracking and follow-up, to verification and award packaging, Return of Title IV (R2T4) processing, and reconciliation. Read more. To learn more about our Financial Aid Management and Student Services, please contact us.


Ever wonder if your financial aid office is on track with compliance? Why not let us give you that peace of mind. Email me at [email protected]


August 14, 2017 by Fernanda Zamudio-Suaréz

Are Small Colleges Doomed? Not So Fast
Most small and midsize private colleges appear to be financially secure, says a report from the Council of Independent Colleges.

“The Financial Resilience of Independent Colleges and Universities” looked at financial data from the years 2001 to 2014 at 559 private institutions. Researchers analyzed resource sufficiency, operating results, financial assets, and debt management.

The study found that 67 percent of the colleges are “at or above the … threshold of financial viability.” Financial indicators show that most of the institutions have improved their financial health since the 2007-9 recession, the report says.

Long-term financial resiliency isn’t uniformly tied to characteristics like enrollment, tuition and fees, discount rates, or endowment size, the report adds.

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