Staff Spotlight: Riley Storrs, Financial Aid Manager
Published on April 29, 2014 by Bob Trewartha
Ever wonder if you could find some extra money for school? Not sure who to ask or where to get the information to help you pay for school? Well, meet Riley Storrs, financial aid manager at Broadview University-Orem campus. I had the chance to interview him on his story.
Tell us a bit about your background.
I was born and raised in American Fork, Utah. I am the youngest of three. I played football, baseball and ran track in junior high and high school. Ever since I was young, I have always enjoyed math. So while in high school, I decided I would try an accounting class out and really enjoyed the class and the teacher.
After graduating from high school, I decided I wanted to go to Utah Valley University to pursue a degree in accounting. I graduated from Utah Valley University with high honors with my bachelor’s degree in accounting. Since I graduated from UVU, I have worked for an accounting firm doing taxes, bookkeeping and payroll. Now I am the financial aid manager here at Broadview University.
Why is it important to get to know your financial aid representatives?
They are ones that make sure all of your funding is set up correctly and make sure that it all comes in. If a student ever has a question about their financial aid, it is better to get it answered early on in the quarter or before the quarter starts. This way you avoid any surprises with student payments due or a loan not coming in. Also financial aid representatives can be used as a great resource for finding outside scholarships and learning more about the scholarships that the school offers.
What are some of the common mistakes students make when it comes to financial aid?
One of the most common mistakes I notice is when students sign up for classes or certain amount of credits, they are not making sure that their financial aid will cover those classes/credits. I have so many students that get surprised that they have a payment due or a loan not coming in because they are taking more credits than their financial aid will cover or are not taking enough credits for the student access loan to come in. Another big mistake I see is that students forget about the scholarships that we offer, especially the community service scholarship.
What advice do you have for students regarding their financial aid?
The best advice that I can offer is for students to take the time to look for outside scholarships. There are plenty of scholarships that are out there—it’s just a matter of taking the time to find them. If you can cut down on the amount of loans you take out during your schooling, the less you will have to pay back when you graduate. Another suggestion would be to get done with schooling as soon as possible; you will take out fewer loans and get into to your career field faster.
Broadview has several scholarships. Can you talk about a couple of them?
The main scholarship that a lot of students could apply for is the community service scholarship. With the community service scholarship, there are a couple requirements that need to be met. Some of the requirements are a 3.0 GPA, attendance ratio above 90 percent, and are enrolled in at least 12 credits for the quarter. The student needs to do a community service project within the last three months of applying for the scholarship.
Broadview University also offers a matching scholarship that will match up to $1,000 of outside scholarship a student brings in for the year. There is no essay or GPA requirement for this scholarship; the student just needs to be enrolled in at least 12 credits per quarter during the duration of the scholarship.
What do you like to do when you are not working at Broadview University?
In my free time, I like to play sports and go hiking. I am a die hard Red Sox fan and try to catch any game I can on TV. I am an avid moviegoer who enjoys super hero and action movies. I enjoy spending crazy amounts of time at the gym. I also love taking my Siberian husky, Mikko, on runs and hikes up the canyon.
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