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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 Chair
Wanda Dean Lipscomb, PhD (November 2018– November 2019)
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Barbara F. Tharpe, EdD (November 2018 - November 2021)
Director of Student Financial Aid
Meharry Medical School

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
Marissa Miles, MA (November 2015 - November 2019)
Director of Financial Aid
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

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

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Abdul Kazi (May 2019 - May 2020)
MD Student
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

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

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