Category Archives: Newly Minted

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An Eventful First Year as an Aid Director

 

Head Count followed John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director, at Wesleyan University, in this special series.

It turned out to be a pretty eventful year–midway through, Wesleyan announced it was moving from need-blind to need-sensitive admissions. You can read more about how Mr. Gudvangen navigated that change and more in this Chronicle story.

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The Financial-Aid Rubik’s Cube


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

August

Over the summer, John Gudvangen has been in touch with the president of Wesleyan’s student government. They’ve talked about a number of things, including the U.S. Education Department’s…

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Hiring for the Long Haul


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

July

Tuition bills are due to Wesleyan University the first week of August, so it’s important that the financial-aid office sends returning students their aid awards before then. Awards have…

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Becoming Need Aware


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

June

A few weeks ago, Wesleyan University’s president unveiled a new budget plan designed to keep the institution on a financially-sustainable path. The plan stipulates that the university wil…

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Debt at Graduation


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

May

Wesleyan University is set to graduate its Class of 2012 this weekend. The university won’t give diplomas to seniors with student loans until they have completed exit counseling. But even …

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The Highs and Lows of April


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

April

If Wesleyan University’s need-based aid has done its job, a good number of admitted students have been pleasantly surprised to find they can afford to come to an institution that costs m…

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Financial Aid for Returning Students


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

March

Even during this busy month of preparing aid awards for admitted freshmen, John Gudvangen, the aid director at Wesleyan University, has been thinking about how his staff can have bet…

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From Application to Aid Award


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

February

This month Wesleyan University sent admissions decisions to students who had applied for its second round of early decision. Admitted students who received financial aid were notifie…

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Need-Based Aid and the University Budget


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director, at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

January

January is a quiet time on Wesleyan University’s campus, with students on break for much of the month. For the financial-aid office, this is the calm before the storm. Befor…

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Helping Students See Financial Aid From a Broader Perspective


Newly Minted is a monthly series on Head Count following John Gudvangen through his first year as a financial-aid director, at Wesleyan University. We’ll check in with Mr. Gudvangen as he learns the ropes of his new position and faces challenges common to his profession, as well as some unique to Wesleyan.

December

Need-based financial aid hinges on simple subtraction: Cost of attendance minus family contribution equals need. But how does a college determine the handful of variables that m…