Financial Aid Directors

The MASU Financial Aid Officers (FAO) Committee consists of the financial aid directors at Michigan’s public universities. These senior officers oversee the universities’ management of financial aid programs, which each year enables tens of thousands of students to better afford a public university education in Michigan through almost $900 million in federal, state, and institutional financial aid. Their work is informed by many other MASU committees, as the FAOs rely on state appropriations, institutional budgeting, and enrollment projections to be able to craft award packages to students. The financial aid directors serve as a vital resource to MASU staff in the association’s role as an advisor to policymakers, the philanthropic community, and the private sector.

As with all MASU committees, during their convenings, members of the FAO Committee provide insight on the implications of current state and federal policy issues and fiscal dynamics affecting Michigan’s public universities. Contemporary higher education topics and trends are examined through the lens of financial aid, with strategic consideration given to such factors as college access and affordability, state and federal regulations (and their associated burdens), and the role higher education plays in lifting students up across socioeconomic classes.

Central Michigan University
Kirk Yats, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid
202 Warriner Hall
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-3674

Eastern Michigan University

Donna Holubik, Director, Financial Aid

403 Pierce Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(734) 487-1048

Ferris State University

Heidi Wisby, Director of Financial Aid

1201 S. State Street - Timme CSS Building 101
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2115

Grand Valley State University
Michelle Rhodes, Director of Financial Aid
100 Student Services Building
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-3234

Lake Superior State University
Katelynn Coon, Director of Financial Aid
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
(906) 635-2677

Michigan State University
Rick Shipman, Executive Director, Office of Financial Aid
252 Student Services Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1113
(517) 353-4554

Michigan Technological University
Joe Cooper, Director of Student Financial Services
103 Administration Building
Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-2622

Northern Michigan University
Michael Rotundo, Director of Financial Aid
2107 CB Hedgcock
Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 227-1575

Oakland University
Cindy Hermsen, Director of Financial Aid
North Foundation Hall, Room 120
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(248) 370-3397

Saginaw Valley State University
Robert Lemuel, Director of Scholarships and Financial Aid
141 Wickes Hall
University Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4393

The University of Michigan
Kedra Ishop, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
Office of Enrollment Management
2300 Student Activities Building
515 East Jefferson
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
(734) 763-5837

The University of Michigan-Dearborn
Katherine Allen, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
4901 Evergreen Road
1183 University Center
Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593-5300

The University of Michigan-Flint
Lori Vedder, (Chair) Director of Financial Aid
Office of Financial Aid
303 E. Kearsley, Room 277
Flint, MI 48502-1950
(810) 762-3238

Wayne State University

Catherine Kay, Interim Director of Financial Aid
Office of Student Financial Aid
42 W. Warren - Welcome Center
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-8423

Western Michigan University
Shashanta James, Interim Director of Financial Aid
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 387-6003