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: I have been offered work-study. How do I find a job to use it?
Brad Barnett: Work study is a great financial aid program. Let me ensure, it s a part-time job is what it basically boils down to, but it is a financial aid related part-time job and different school handle how students find jobs, very, very differently. Some schools may place students in work-study jobs; other schools may require the student to find their own work-study job and simply provide a listing of those employment opportunities. The bottom line is you want to talk to the financial aid office or the student employment office on your campus and find out, how do I get a work-study job now that I have been offered Work-Study Funds.