Financial Aid Director
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Directs the allocation of financial aid funds and services at a college or university. Applies college policies regarding aid, manages institution's programs and outreach efforts, assists selected applicants, maintains confidentiality, and oversees employees in the financial aid office.
There were 37 Financial Aid Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 807 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the College / University Administrator industry, which includes the Financial Aid Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Financial Aid Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $66,802.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $58,440.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Financial Aid Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $57,983.
Education and Experience
Posted Financial Aid Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Financial Aid Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||7%|
|3 to 5 years||69%|
|6 to 8 years||18%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Financial Aid Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (56%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (33%)
- Planning (33%)
- Organizational Skills (24%)
- Problem Solving (23%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Budgeting (49%)
- Financial Aid Experience (36%)
- Staff Management (32%)
- Packaging (26%)
- Supervisory Skills (23%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Accounting (19%)
- Customer Service (14%)
- Information Systems (11%)
- SAP (11%)
- Scheduling (10%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Loan Processing (7%)
- Financial Aid Eligibility (6%)
- Statistical Reporting (6%)
- Financial Aid Counseling (5%)
- Managing Student Data (5%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Policy Implementation (8%) – marginal value $3,229
- Policy Evaluation (1%) – marginal value $2,562
- Collective Bargaining (2%) – marginal value $1,863
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Financial Aid Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Director Of Financial Aid
- Director, Financial Aid
- Associate Director, Financial Aid
- Financial Aid/Student Services
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Financial Aid Counselor / Specialist
- Director of Student Affairs
- Admissions Director
- Campus Director
- Student Affairs Administrator
- Dean of Academic Affairs
- Administrator, Higher Education
- Associate Dean, Higher Education
- Dean (General)
- Admissions Administrator
Here are the employers that have posted the most Financial Aid Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- University Of California (13)
- Ivy Tech Community College (9)
- California State University (9)
- Arizona College (9)
- Verve Global Inc (8)
- Winston Salem State University (4)
- South Piedmont Community College (3)
- University of North Carolina (3)
- Wake Forest University (3)
- Warren Wilson College (3)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!