Emily J. Hart
Emily Hart has nearly 24 years of student financial aid experience in private and career colleges and universities. Emily came to FAS in 2023. As a consultant, she assists colleges and universities with interim staffing as well as leading training and development initiatives.
She began her career as an Assistant Director of Financial Aid and then moved up the ranks serving as an Associate Director of Financial Aid, Director of Financial Aid, Executive Director of Financial Aid, and Associate Vice-President of Enrollment Services. Before joining FAS, she held leadership positions in financial aid at Columbia International University, University of Mount Union, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Franklin College.
Her notable accomplishments include raising student satisfaction results; identifying collaboration opportunities between students, donors, and the alumni office; piloting a clearance program where students were required to pay in full or make acceptable arrangements to cover their student account (63% paid in full by first day of fall term); exceeded budget goals for over a decade; and launched a new system to increase stewardship scholarship funds.
Emily has led teams of 25+ staff members including hiring, training, coaching, counseling, and evaluating the performance of direct reports. She has coordinated the integrated and automated packaging of all financial aid awards. She is known for being a communicator, and collaborator, and able to see projects to fulfillment.
Student Information Systems (SIS) and financial aid software that Emily has mastered include Ellucian Colleague, College Board PowerFaids, Indiana’s state grant software, and the Department of Education’s suite of applications including EdExpress, EDconnect, COD, NSLDS, and FAA Access. She has experience with VA Once, process mapping, reconciliation, and overseeing a one-stop shop.
Her primary objective is to collectively meet new and returning student enrollment goals. Emily holds a B.A. From Lexington Baptist College and a M.A. from Columbia International University.