SPOTLIGHT STORIES >
Dorothy Martin, Director of Financial Aid
By title, Dorothy Martin is director of financial aid at Vaughn College. That doesn't mean her job ends there.
"You're so many things to the students," Martin says. "You're a mother, father, counselor, mentor. Students confide in you, and you have to earn their trust."
Martin has been Vaughn's director of financial aid since 2006. She's worked at several other colleges over 20-plus years and loves helping students navigate the often labyrinthine world of financial aid.
If she has a specialty, it is helping students tap into overlooked sources of aid, including state and institutional grants for which they might consider themselves ineligible. Among the greatest challenges, she says, is getting students and families to recognize the value of completing the forms properly and on time.
"Nobody wants to talk about money. People naturally get tight-lipped," she says. "A lot of times people get frightened. We have to break it down for them."
Often, that breaking-down involves common-sense tips for managing debt. Things like paying anticipated student-loan interest while in school to minimize financial obligations after graduation.
Such advice is essential, Martin says, as students pursue their first jobs in an uncertain economy.
"I trust the financial aid staff to give students good debt-management advice," Martin says. "The idea is when students do graduate, they're not inundated with all that debt."
Faculty and Staff
March 04, 2014
Team Places First in Main Field Competition and Finals
March 03, 2014
Research Focuses on Teaching K-12 Students Robotics Programming
February 19, 2014
Librarian Jo Ann Jayne Describes the Changes and Growth of Vaughn's Library
February 17, 2014
February Finals Showdown
February 15, 2014
Warriors Take On St. Joseph's on February 16
February 14, 2014
Vaughn will Go Up Against Berekely College on Saturday