The Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in Wisconsin’s postsecondary educational institutions.
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The WASFAA Blog contains updates from the WASFAA President, highlights committee activities and member profiles, and provides articles written by members and guests.
By: Katie Kraemer, Marquette University
After past jobs as a medical secretary, medical transcriptionist, DNR customer service representative, and, most recently, 11 years in the Office of Continuing Education and Extension at UW-La Crosse working with community programs, Karen DeSchepper was looking for a change. She found that change in the financial aid office at UW-LaCrosse. And we are so lucky to have her as one of WASFAA’s newest members! Karen just had the opportunity to attend her first conference, and her enthusiasm for the organization and desire to get involved is second to none!
Though Karen has been working for the state for many years (15 total), she was most surprised by how many acronyms exist in the financial aid world. But she is finding that other aspects of her previous jobs are merge well with financial aid. According to Karen, with her “mad skills” and experience in coordinating events, she plans to arrange some wonderful meetings, conferences, and events for the La Crosse Financial Aid Office. She said, “Think financial aid educator meets conference planner!”
Karen has so far found that the most rewarding aspect of financial aid is working with amazing students and the best coworkers. Some challenges have included helicopter parents and budget cuts. Another wonderful experience for her was attending the joint conference. When asked about the experience, Karen responded with a very positive “LOVED IT!” After the conference, the many acronyms that had already been introduced to her started making more sense, and she learned some new ones! Karen especially loved the networking opportunity the conference provided, not only with financial aid colleagues from across the state, but also with others from her campus who work in the Office of Records and Registrations. A wonderful perk of the joint conference!
When Karen isn’t dreaming up great events and working financial aid magic, she loves spending time with her husband, pets, and kids. Welcome to WASFAA, Karen! We are so glad you’re here.