Meet Your Financial Aid Team

When it comes to paying for college, you have options, and we're here to help!  Our staff in the Office of Financial Aid can answer your questions and guide you through the process of finding effective solutions to fund your education. 

For general questions, email us at finaid@wichita.edu.

Read our Office of Financial Aid Code of Conduct.


 Financial Aid Team

Sheelu Surender

Sheelu Surender

Director

  • Oversees all staff, budget, and financial aid operations.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to communicate, develop, and implement recruitment and retention strategies related to the use of financial aid funds.
  • Serves on the President's Diversity Council.
Donna Carter

Donna Carter

Associate Director

  • Supervises the Program Management team.
  • Oversees the processing and reporting duties related to the Federal Student Aid programs as well as the State of Kansas financial aid programs. 
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Jeff Bever

Associate Director

  • Supervises the Systems & Eligibility team.
  • Oversees Banner Financial Aid module system functionality, including patches, updates, and testing.
  • Manages system processing, including new year set up and regulatory enhancements. 
Angie Zeorlin

Angie Zeorlin

Assistant Director

  • Supervises the Scholarships team and manages scholarship administrative functions.
  • Handles the in-system creation, tracking, and posting of scholarships from departmental sources.
  • Administers financial aid to student athletes in accordance with the rules governing the NCAA and American Athletic Conference.
Courtney Lockhart

Courtney Lockhart

Assistant Director

  • Supervises the Student Services & Outreach team and oversees all outreach programs, communication content, and students services in the office.
  • Serves as a staff resource on complex financial aid advising questions. 
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Will Fulls

Will Fulls

Compliance Officer

  • Internal compliance research expert for the financial aid leadership team and staff.
  • Manages on-going efforts to ensure office policies and procedures meet all statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • Coordinates required consumer information documentation and disclosures.

Julie Scott

Julie Scott

Business Technology & Data Analyst

  • Provides business process and system support and oversees data quality governance for financial aid data through data coordination, integration, and reporting.
  • Ensures efficient processes and consistent data flows to financial and university stakeholders.
  • Tests and implements changes to the Banner Financial Aid module.
Angie Linder

Angie Linder

Office Manager

  • Provides professional and administrative support to the financial aid staff, including special projects assigned by the director.
  • Serves as a budget assistant and completes all Human Resources documentation.
  • Manages ordering, distribution, and inventory of office supplies and publications.
Karen Porter

Karen Porter

Senior Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
  • Supervises two student assistants and serves as a staff resource on complex financial aid advising questions.
  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases.
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Jessica Casper

Jessica Casper

Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases.
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Tegan Perry

 Tegan Perry

Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases.
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Alysa Janner

 Alysa Janner

Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases.
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Wu

 Vacant

Financial Aid Advisor

  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
  • Replies to the financial aid email account and OneStop cases.
  • Presents at various outreach and recruitment events on behalf of financial aid.
Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Financial Aid Representative

  • Greets all visitors to the office and triages student questions.
  • Provides administrative and customer service support for the Student Services & Outreach unit, including managing the office voicemail account.
  • Logs documents received via fax, mail, drop-box, and in-person.
Amanda Duffy

Amanda Duffy

Scholarship Specialist

  • Serves as the primary scholarship liaison with the academic colleges.
  • Responsible for posting scholarship recommendations from the colleges and other agencies within Wichita State, as well as general funds managed by the office.
  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
Heather Hill

Heather Hill

Administrative Specialist – Scholarships

  • Performs the Merit Scholarship notification process and generates all congratulatory letters for newly awarded general scholarship funds.
  • Logs and posts outside scholarships and Bureau of Indian Affairs checks.
  • Provides administrative support for the Scholarships unit.
Loretta Jackson

Loretta Jackson

Program Specialist

  • Manages the review of Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Coordinates consortium agreements and professional judgment requests.
  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
Rebecca Haas

Rebecca Haas

Program Specialist

  • Administers the Federal Direct Loan Programs and certifies private/alternative educational loans. 
  • Administers Return of Title IV Aid.
  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
Marissa Kouns

Marissa Kouns

Program Specialist

  • Administers the Federal Direct Loan Programs and certifies private/alternative educational loans. 
  • Administers Return of Title IV Aid.
  • Manages the Federal Work Student Program.
  • Meets with prospective and current students to answer financial aid questions.
Chris Darnell

Chris Darnell

Eligibility Specialist

  • Processes citizenship and eligible non-citizenship documentation.
  • Manages the Unusual Enrollment History process.
  • Administers resolutions for loan default, bankruptcy, and aggregate loan limit issues.

Christina Covey

Christina Covey

Eligibility Specialist - Loans

  • Reviews packaging and awarding financial aid files. Processes grade level changes.
  • Performs loan file generation, extract, and import processes.
  • Completes financial need request certifications.
Meghan Simpson

Meghan Simpson

Eligibility Specialist - Verification

  • Reviews and processes verification documentation.
  • Processes Pell Grant and TEACH Grant disbursements.
  • Supervises one student assistant who assists with mailing and scanning documents.
Arlene Thomsen

Arlene Thomsen

Systems Specialist - Data Load

  • Performs all data load functions, awarding and packaging, and email generation.
  • Coordinates outbound mailings and assists with scanning and links documents to student records.

 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid

Our helpful staff in the Office of Financial Aid can answer your questions and guide you through the process of finding effective solutions to fund your education.