Broadview University Financial Aid Manager Helps Students Fund Their Dreams
Published on April 25, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
I had the honor of asking Broadview University-West Jordan Financial Aid Manager Kristi Snow a few questions. Kristi has helped hundreds of students with their financial aid and counseled them on the best ways to fund their education. If you have not had the chance to spend much time with Kristi, here is her story.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have lived in Utah all my life. I am married with four children. I have been taking classes at Broadview working towards a Business Administration degree.
I have worked in financial aid and with the company for over seven years. I really enjoy meeting students when they first enroll, getting to know them as they progress through school, and then seeing the students at graduation. It makes my job fulfilling to see the accomplishments students have made.
Why is it important to get to know your financial aid representatives?
The financial aid managers are here to help you with any questions or concerns regarding your student account and funding. Students may be confused about completing the FAFSA application or may not fully understand their financial aid funding. You want to know the details of your student account, loan accounts and self-payments to plan and be prepared financially while in school and for repayment. Life is constantly changing as does a student’s financial situation. It is good to know what financial options are available to finish a quarter and complete your degree.
What are some to of the common mistakes students make when it comes to financial aid?
A common mistake is not making any payments towards outstanding loans while in school. I have seen students who are surprised at their loan balance and repayment amount. It is easier and more manageable to make small payments now while in school than to wait until the end. Not only can it lower the monthly repayment amount but also save students thousands of dollars in interest. I have seen students who drop classes after the add/drop period or who have been administratively dropped for non-attendance and don’t realized the impact it has on their federal loans. The classes are retaken and federal loans are used to pay for the classes again. This will increase the loan debt by several thousands of dollars and can affect having federal loans available for current and future education goals.
What advice do you have for students regarding their financial aid?
Ask questions if you do not understand or want more clarification on your funding, student account or financial aid options. It is an investment in yourself that you are paying for, and you should be aware of what you are borrowing and what repayment will look like. Be sure your financial aid is in place for the upcoming quarter so check your email.
The federal loan authorization needs to be signed every nine months, and if I need to meet with you an email will be sent. Also, the FAFSA application needs to be done as soon as possible for your federal aid to be set up for summer quarter. The federal aid can change with the new award year and you want to know right away if there will be any changes and to take care of any items that may be needed. Registration will start in a couple of weeks and you will want your financial aid in place.
Broadview has several scholarships. Can you talk about a couple of them?
The Community Service Scholarship is for full-time continuing students with a 3.0 GPA who perform community service activities that benefit the community and support education. This scholarship is $2,000 annually which is $500 a quarter. A scholarship application along with a written summary of community service performed within the prior three months is submitted to financial aid by week eight of the quarter.
The GEN Matching Scholarship is up to $1,000 annually. This is an automatic scholarship that will match most outside scholarships that are posted to the student’s account.
What do you like to do when you are not working at Broadview?
I read science fiction and fantasy books any chance I get. I like to draw. I like dancing, hiking and doing yoga. I am excited for the warm weather and determined to enjoy it and be more active.