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GSA Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA)

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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 (Excel)" 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.

COSFA Committee Roster

Damien Jackson, MEd (November 2018 - November 2021)
Assistant Dean for Student Finances
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

GSA National ChairCharles A. Pohl, MD (November 2020 - November 2021)
Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Career Counseling
Professor of Pediatrics
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Donna H. Jackson, EdD (November 2019-November 2022)
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Director, Student Outreach Programs
School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University

Committee on Student Records (COSR) Liaison to COSFA
Kris Slaney, MBA (November 2019 – November 2021)
Director of Student Records/Registrar
University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, Arizona

COSFA Liaison to Committee on Student Records (COSR)
Wendy Clark (November 2020 – November 2023)
Financial Aid Administrator     
University of Utah School of Medicine

Central Region (CGSA) Representative
Cynthia Gonzalez (November 2018 - November 2021)
Senior Assistant Director FSM MD Financial Aid
Augusta Webster, MD Office of Medical Education
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Northern Region (NEGSA) Representative
Meredith Schor, MA, MBA (November 2018 - November 2021)
Director of Financial Planning
School of Medicine and Health Science
George Washington University

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
Casey Michael Wiley, MEd (November 2019 – November 2022)
Manager of Financial Aid and Registration
University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Rich Ronnestad, MS, CFP (November 2020 – November 2023)
Director of Financial Education, Scholarship Support
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Kumail Hussain, MS (May 2020 - May 2021)
Medical Student
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

AAMC Staff Liason
Irena Tartakovsky, MD, MS
Director, Constituent Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges

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