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Student Financial Services

Student financial services (SFS) describes how colleges and universities provide students and families with finance-related services, such as applying for financial aid and paying a tuition bill, along with the associated business processes necessary to pay for college. 

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Bryan Dickson

Director, Student Financial Services and Educational Programs



Student Financial Services Award Recipient

Doug Schantz is a consummate leader and strong advocate for financial literacy education. In his role as director of the office of student accounts and through his dedication to volunteer work, Doug has made a major impact on the field of student financial services, Wittenberg University, and the community at large.

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Doug Schantz


2019 NACUBO Student Financial Services Benchmarking Report Released

October 02, 2019

This year's results show student payments and credit balance refunds are increasingly handled electronically. The report also provides benchmarking data on student account and loan receivables, third-party payments, staffing, and expenditures for student financial services.

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    June 17, 2020

    ED Clarifies Title IV Requirement for CARES Act Grants to Students

    The Department of Education has published an interim final rule that codifies the agency’s position that only Title IV-eligible students can receive emergency grants provided under the CARES Act. The requirements contained in the rule are effective June 17, 2020.

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  • April 23, 2020

    ED Announces Additional CARES Act Aid Disbursement Guidance

    The Department of Education shared information on how institutions can draw down their share of the emergency aid appropriated to colleges and universities in the Education Stabilization Fund and provided additional clarification on the requirements for grant aid for students.

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Student Financial Services Council

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Press Releases

  • June 17, 2020

    NACUBO Sets Path Forward Through COVID-19 Financial Implications

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  • May 29, 2020

    Tuition Discounting Study Glossary

    Definition of key terms in the annual Tuition Discounting Study

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Upcoming Programs

  • August 11, 2020

    “Flipped Classroom” Workshop: Trauma-Informed Student Engagement

    August 11, 2020 | 1-1:45pm ET

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