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Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA)

About COSFA

The GSA National Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA) provides guidance on legislative and regulatory issues regarding the types, availability, and delivery of financial assistance, both loan and scholarship, to medical students.

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Financial Aid Officer Calendar

The “Financial Aid Officer Calendar " outlines key financial aid officer activities and responsibilities throughout the year. Developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA), the reference calendar is not intended to serve as an exhaustive list of financial aid officer duties, as priorities and tasks can vary. Please utilize this online format to add your own key dates and deadlines.

2018 Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators Conference

The 2018 Health Professions Financial Aid Administrators Conference, a professional development partnership between the Association of American Medical College’s Office of Student Financial Services and Constituent Engagement Unit, will be held February 7-9, 2018, in Portland, Oregon.

Registration for the conference is now open. Early bird rates will be available through January 2, 2018

Please contact Kristen Earle (kearle@aamc.org) for inquiries related to conference programming.

Message from COSFA Chair

Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA) is one of six standing committees of the Group on Student Affairs (GSA). COSFA members include:

  • The COSFA Chair, who serves as a representative to the GSA Steering Committee.
  • The Chair of the GSA Steering Committee.
  • A representative from each of the four regional GSA organizations (Northeast, Central, Southern, and Western).
  • A representative from the GSA Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA).
  • A representative from the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR).

The mission of COSFA is to provide guidance on legislative and regulatory issues regarding type, availability, and delivery of financial assistance to medical students. COSFA achieves it mission through:

  • Receipt of regular reports from the Association staff on the status of specific financial aid legislation and national Association data describing the distribution of financial aid to medical students.
  • Consideration of educational and support programs and activities to assist schools in counseling medical students regarding the financing of their medical education and the repayment of student loans.
  • Collaboration with the AAMC's FIRST (Financial Information, Resources, Services, and Tools) program.
  • Identification of special projects related to issues of national importance and interest.
  • Participation in Professional Development Conferences.

COSFA is an advisory committee to the GSA Steering Committee and makes regular reports to the Steering Committee and seeks approval of the Steering Committee for special projects.

Within the COSFA Web pages you will find a myriad of information to assist you in your work with medical students and in your professional development. In addition, COSFA welcomes input from GSA constituents regarding issues of national interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

Jerel Arceneaux
Assistant Director, Student and Career Services
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Chair, Committee on Student Financial Assistance
Jerel.Arceneaux@uscmed.sc.edu

COSFA Committee Roster

Chair
Jerel Arceneaux, MS (November 2015 - November 2018)
Assistant Director, Student and Career Services
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Central Region (CGSA) Representative
Christine McDonough, MBA (November 2015 - November 2018)
Director of Student Financial Services
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Northeast Region (NEGSA) Representative
Michael Clancy, BS, MBA (November 2015 - November 2018)
Director of Financial Planning
Drexel University College of Medicine

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
Marissa Miles, MA (November 2015 - November 2018)
Director, Financial Aid
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Wendy Clark (November 2017 – November 2020)
Financial Aid Administrator
University of Utah School of Medicine

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Damien Jackson, MEd (November 2015 - November 2019)
Director, Office of Student Finance
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

GSA National Chair
Donna D. Elliott, MD, MSEd, EdD (November 2017– November 2018)
Senior Associate Dean for Student and Educational Affairs
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Kevin Keith (May 2017 - May 2019)
MD Candidate
Medical University of South Carolina

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