Understanding College Financial Aid

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Financial advisor Brad Barnett discusses how to understand college financial aid.

    Brad Barnett

    Brad 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.

    Brad Barnett: Hi! My name is Brad Barnett. I am working in the Financial Aid office at James Madison University. Today, I am going to talk with you about the completing the right type of financial aid application; but, before we get started, let me tell you a little about myself. I have been in the financial aid business for about 12 years and I am past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator. I have conducted presentations on a state, regional and national level at various locations across the country and currently teaching a financial literacy course here at James, you call dollars and cents. Now, let s get into the application.