Meet the 2020 IFA Faculty:
Michele has been in financial aid since she was a graduate associate in the financial aid office at Ohio University while studying for her Masters in Education from 1989-1991, back in the dark ages of paper FAFSA forms and Pell grant payment forms that had to have the bubbles filled in before mailing them to CPS.
It was at that time that she discovered that the profession offered her the opportunity to put her psychology degree to work while helping people navigate the complicated world of financial aid, without the pesky commitment to years of therapy being a therapist would involve. It allows her to be creative within the boundaries of federal, state and institutional regulations and policies. From there she went on to work for a 2 year community college, two selective private colleges and now after 19 years as the Director of Student Financial Planning at Lasell College, a small, private college in Newton MA she has just begun as Director of Financial Aid at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH. She is proud to say that in her years in the profession she has managed to convert several work study students into full-fledged financial aid professionals, including a Business major, a Fashion Design major, a Criminal Justice major and an English major. Training is one of her favorite aspects of the job.