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Meet Your Financial Aid Counselor


Kevin Nesbitt
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

With a focus on enrollment management, student satisfaction, retention, and success, I oversee Admissions, Recruitment, the Welcome Center and Financial Aid. Financial aid was key to my success; without it, I never would have been able to finance my
journey from community college to doctoral work. A career dedicated to working on the behalf of students and faculty in a diverse settings ranging from the Department of Education (NYC), to Columbia University, the New School, John Jay College and presently at Hunter College. His emphasis is on cultivating a culture of cross-trained academic and student affairs professionals engaging in high impact
practices. Currently serves on CUNY vice Chancellor’s Arts and Education Committee.
Vanessa Almonte
Assistant Director of Graduate Loans, 7 years

I counsel students generally about their Financial Aid packages, and I
also award graduate loans. The one thing I wish I knew all students
knew about Financial Aid at Hunter is that the process is not as
difficult as students may think. It all begins with filing a FAFSA
Patricia Donowski
Administrative Assistant to Federal Work Study Coordinator

I’ve been with Hunter College since 1970. I help students with
placement for Work Study. I love working in the Office of
Financial Aid because of the camaraderie and support from other
staff members.
Jazmin Mejia-Juan
College Assistant/Scholarship Assistant, 4 Years

I work with the Scholarship Coordinators, assisting them in day-today
tasks and assignments as they come up. I collect and verify
scholarship candidates information to ensure that we have the most
up to date information. I also answer and review all email inquiries
the department receives. I always encourage students to check their
CUNYfirst accounts often, especially the Student Center. Changes
in financial aid may occur and reflect there first, before they receive an email.
Miriam Perez
Office Manager/Front Desk Associate

I’m responsible for payroll & procurement, front desk, assisting
students on the phone, and making sure the office is ready to open
first thing in the morning. One thing I would like students to know
is that to be up on everything they need to do for financial aid, they
need to check their Hunter email and CUNYFirst To Do List religiously. Being a work-study student in financial aid led me to a full-time job here!
Christina Santiago
Document Control Unit Specialist/ Front Desk Associate, 8 years

I provide support to students, families and any parties with financial
aid inquiries, and review current and archived accounts for quality
control. I also supervise the work-study students in the Document
Control Unit. The one thing I wish students knew about Financial Aid
is how beneficial it is to be ahead of deadlines and how crucial it can
be to obtaining the aid they wish to receive.
Rebecca Ali
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Direct Loans, 17 years

I award undergraduate Direct Loans. I like to work in the Office of Financial Aid Office at Hunter because of its diversity. Financial Aid helped me to re-shaped my career.
Bernice Brown
Office Assistant to the Work Study coordinator

I’ve been in higher ed for 16 years. I assist students with the Federal Work-Study process as well as answering general FA inquires. What I love about working in the Office of Financial Aid at Hunter is that my experience in the OFA has been enlightening and it inspires me to aid
others in achieving their career goals just the same.
Theora Burke
Front Desk Associate, 1.5 years

I assist students with inquiries and concerns. One thing I wished all students knew about Financial Aid at Hunter is that our well-trained staff will find the best solution that will benefit the students.
Araceli Campos
Assistant to the Director of Financial Aid, 6 years.

I work at the front desk, assist students on the phone, answer Macaulay Honor College inquiries and Satisfactory Academic
Progress Checklist (SAP) question.I enjoy working at Financial Aid because I love helping others., I enjoy being able to assist students or a parents when there is a language
Daffodil Dennis
Federal Work-Study Coordinator/Financial Aid Counselor,
25+ years

I counsel students and parents on the phone and in person on
all aspects of the Federal and State programs, review verification documents, and coordinate the Federal Work-Study Program. What I like about working in the Office of Financial Aid at Hunter College is successfully helping students navigate a system that many of them find very intimidating.
Nalini M. Dyal-Joseph
Associate Director of Financial Aid, 15 years.

I’m responsible for overseeing the federal aid programs I wish students understood that applying for Financial Aid doesn’t have to be a scary process
Juana Ham
Assistant Director of Financial Aid, 25+ years

I assist students in navigating all aspects of state and federal aid.When I was a student, receiving financial aid allowed me to complete my education.
Joy-Ann Hopkins
Associate Director of Financial Aid, Scholarships, 21 years.

I administer scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. I love working in the Office of Financial Aid because I have great colleagues that are hardworking and go the extra mile for students.
Luis Ramirez
Assistant Director of Financial Aid and TAP Certifying
Officer, 10 years

I oversee and administer state aid grant and scholarship programs. When I was a student FA helped me learn the importance of meeting deadlines and understand the importance of managing my financial aid and loan funds.
Katherine Rivera
Pell Coordinator/ Financial Aid Advisor, 10 years.

I counsel students at our desk and on the phones, rectify and reconcile Pell discrepancies, update student Lifetime Eligibility Usage (LEU) and Unusual Enrollment History (UEH).
Ashley Wright
Assistant Director of Return of Title IV Funds, 7 years.

I am responsible for ensuring that unused federal aid is returned to the Federal government. What I love most about working at Hunter College Financial Aid is meeting new people from all over the world.
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