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Financial Aid Team

The Financial Aid Office of Truckee Meadows Community College is made up of a highly qualified group of individuals who are committed to providing the best service possible. You may contact any of our team members who will be glad to assist you. See the directory below for more information about each team member.

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Leslie Jia

Leslie Jia

Director

Provides leadership, and using best practices, designs, develops and delivers a comprehensive and efficient array of financial aid services in support of the College's mission, core themes and strategic initiatives. The position contributes to the strategic enrollment goals of the College and ensures compliance with institutional, state and federal financial aid regulations. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Program Director for Student Services Systems

Coordinates all technical aspects of the department, including electronic communication with the U.S. Department of Education, PC maintenance and set-up, software installations and upgrades, report generation. Acts as department liaison with NSHE Computing Services Center and TMCC Information Technology staff. Monitors electronic financial aid processes including packaging and disbursement. Serves as PeopleSoft functional expert for Student Services. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

Nicole Barnes

Nicole Barnes

Financial Aid Coordinator

Coordinates all financial aid outreach events for new and continuing students. Responsible for awarding annually TMCC scholarships that are managed by the TMCC Foundation and Grants Department. Processes and handles all external scholarships and other external aid including Americorps, aid from Bureau of Indian Affairs. Processes student loans including federal, private, and emergency loans. Serves as the financial aid liaison for DACA and undocumented students.

Kelly Brisbois

Kelly Brisbois

Financial Aid Coordinator

Serves as the Millennium Scholarship coordinator. Responsible for professional judgments such as dependency overrides and income reviews. Supervises financial aid student workers, the front desk, assists with verification and counsels students regarding financial aid.

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Susan Elbe

Financial Aid Coordinator for Special Populations and Veterans Advisor

Main financial aid contact for Athletics, Health Sciences, Military-Connected, ReEntry, Success First/Summer Bridge, students with disabilities and students in the GRS cohort. Processes Consortium Agreements, application income reviews, citizenship and dependency documents. Serves as financial aid Academic Advisor and counsels students with regard to financial aid.

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Kelvin Howell

Financial Aid Coordinator

Monitors office compliance with institutional, state and federal regulations. Oversees verification and return to Title IV funds processes. Monitors incoming ISIRs and reviews as necessary. Counsels students regarding financial aid.

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Valerie Lambert

Program Officer for Student Employment

Responsible for all aspects of work study, including federal, state and community service work study. Packages, monitors and disburses work study funds. Oversees student employment payroll processing. Manages the Regents Award Program and Federal Work Study Literacy Program at TMCC. Coordinates the financial aid appeal process and counsels students with regard to financial aid.

Shari Mathiesen

Shari Mathiesen

NSHE Specialist 2

Serves as student loan coordinator, and is responsible for awarding and processing student loans, emergency loans, private loans and aids students with loan issues. Also serves as student loan default prevention and financial literacy specialist.

Kayla Maxwell

Kayla Maxwell

Admin Assistant 2

Provides customer service to prospective and current TMCC students regarding Financial Aid matters. Supervises the front desk, and manages social media content for the Financial Aid department. Assists and counsels students on their Financial Aid files.

LaTara Misher

LaTara Misher

Temporary Financial Aid Coordinator

Serves as the Financial Aid Liaison for department webpage and marketing platforms. Coordinates outreach events for new and continuing students. Assists with the Verification process, Counsels students on financial aid, and supports front desk staff with customer service.