The Role of the Financial Aid Officer
Financial aid is a lot like apple pie; it’s basically a good thing, it gets served almost everywhere and many different recipes produce passably tasty versions. But financial aid officers are not Mom. They need to keep in touch with the apple growers and menu designers to watch the futures market, to work from dozens of recipes at once. They can only let qualified diners partake, they must counsel those to whom a slice is offered, and they need to make arrangements with some of them to pay for the meal several years later. Put simply, the role of the financial aid officer is one of the most complex and subtle positions in college and university administration.

Raymond F. Bacchetti
Vice Provost for budget and planning
Stanford University
-New Directions for Institutional Research 25, 1980