Financial Aid Specialist & Work Study Coordinator

Financial Aid

Cornish College of the Arts is looking for a Financial Aid Specialist to join their dynamic team. This role reviews and awards financial aid, provides counseling, and coordinates the Work Study program under the Director of Financial Aid. This position is represented by OPEIU Local 8.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

If you are looking for a culture that promotes and supports creative engagement, consider Cornish. In addition to a great culture, Cornish offers generous paid medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, paid time-off and holidays.


  • Processes time sheets and new hire paperwork and monitors student Work Study eligibility
  • Develops and maintains Work Study job descriptions, internal budgets, and communications
  • Tracks and monitors federal and state Work Study funds to ensure compliance
  • Communicates with students regarding their eligibility and responsibilities as federal, state and institutional aid recipients.
  • Develops methods of increasing student engagement with work study and improving relationships with off-campus employers.
  • Counsels and advises incoming and current students regarding their financial aid.
  • Tracks, verifies, packages and processes awards.
  • Reviews incoming FAFSAs for eligibility
  • Understands and complies with federal, state and institutional financial aid policies.
  • Maintains guidance manuals for federal and state work study programs
  • Monitors PowerFAIDS for data accuracy from other sources at the college.
  • Reconciles federal and state work study funds with internal and external offices.
  • Provides accurate information for annual compliance audits.
  • Maintains external scholarship resources and processes external scholarship checks

 Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree plus one years’ experience in Financial Aid, or comparable combination of education and experience
  • Excellent customer service, organizational and prioritization skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work well with a diverse campus community
  • Problem solving skills with flexible and team-orientated approach to financial aid processes
  • Working knowledge of PowerFAIDS or equivalent financial aid software
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Suite, with emphasis on Excel and Sheets

Preferred Qualifications

  • One year of financial aid experience, or other enrollment offices at a four-year college
  • Experience with Feith, Jenzabar, and PowerFAIDS
  • Familiarity with Washington state aid and federal aid
  • Sensitivity to the arts and arts education

Department: Financial Aid
Reports To:  Director of Financial Aid
Supervises:  Work study students
Pay Grade:  D, Non-exempt; Full-time
Compensation: $22.50 hr. to $23.57 hr.

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Equal Opportunity Statement

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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