Brad BarnettBrad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business. He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health. He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University. Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees. In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.” Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college. He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.
Host: Can I submit applications to receive aid at more than one school?
Brad Barnett: You can submit applications to receive aid at a variety of schools. If you do FAFSA on the web from the federal perspective, you can actually list up to ten different colleges on that application and the Department of Education will send it out to those ten. So, if you are in the college search process and you are interested in multiple schools, list them all on the application and it will be send out and then they ll review you for their aid eligibility once they determine whether or not you are going to be an accepted student. As far as institutional applications -- usually when you pick a school, that s the school you are to going to, so then that s the only school you need to apply with, but if you are interested in maybe doing some studies at another school on a semester, taking a break from your home school, touch base with them because you may need additional forms for that school during that particular semester.