Financial Aid Consulting

Knowledge and expertise you can count on

Eliminate audit findings. Our financial aid experts will help you keep a handle on the complex, ever-changing world of Title IV regulations.

Eliminate audit findings. Our financial aid experts will help you keep a handle on the complex, ever-changing world of Title IV regulations.

Initial Eligibility & Recertification Services

Change of Ownership & Adding Locations

On Site Financial Aid Process Evaluations

On-Site Due Diligence Reviews

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Assistance with Regulatory & Compliance Issues

Interpretation of Federal Regulations

Audit & Program Review Assistance

File Compliance Reviews

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Assistance with Credit to Clock Hour Conversions

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Catalogue, Financial Aid Policies and Procedures Review

Customized Financial Aid Training

Group Presentations

A Partner You Can Count On

We pride ourselves on the knowledge and expertise we have built over decades serving the higher education market. Our team of experts always remains current regarding Federal Title IV regulations and disseminating their knowledge to our clients.

The consulting team has developed relationships with federal officials and throughout the financial aid community in order to ensure that we are as up-to-date as possible in the interpretation and understanding of federal requirements for administering federal funding. FAME is available to assist you with regulatory issues, program review representation and responses, audit preparation and response, reconstructions, and special projects.

Sally Samuels

Director of Compliance

Sally is one of the country’s leading authorities on Federal financial aid administration with more than 39 years of “in the trenches” experience. As a respected Industry leader, she is frequently called upon to speak at School, Accrediting, Regional and State conferences as well as to act as school liaison during program reviews and compliance audits. Having processed, reviewed and taught financial aid for over 39 years Sally’s experience includes representation at over 300 program reviews and certification visits for postsecondary institutions. In addition, Sally brings real life experiences, observations and illustrations to her audience adding a touch of humor to regulatory compliance. Her style makes the sometime complex topics easy to understand and audiences always come away with practical knowledge that they can apply to their everyday situations. Sally has been published many times over in various Higher Education periodicals providing her expertise and insight on administering Federal funding based on compliance with the Federal statutes. She has also been called upon as an expert witness by Federal and state judicial districts in cases dealing with Federal funding issues.

Julie DiPuccio

Sr. Financial Aid Consultant

Julie DiPuccio has been in the financial aid profession since 1979. During her years with FAME, she has broadened her experience by holding a variety of positions and is currently FAME’s Sr. Consulting Representative. In her current role, Julie represents institutions at program reviews and certification visits, conducts site visits at institutions to determine compliance with Federal regulations, presents training programs for FAME clients and for higher education associations and provides direction to FAME clients in all aspects of financial aid administration. Julie’s diverse background in the financial aid profession and ability to translate this experience into interesting and valuable training programs have made her an extremely popular presenter.

Ibis Vento

Financial Aid Consultant, Team Lead

Ibis Vento brings more than 16 years of experience in the higher education industry where she has attained a myriad of experiences. In her role as Consulting Services Representative, she is assisting clients in adhering to federal regulations by conducting file compliance reviews while still performing client training. She assists clients with administering our financial aid software, basic financial aid procedures, student information systems and conducts custom training sessions. Ibis has a strong commitment to providing excellent customer service and has a demonstrated track record of consistent client satisfaction. Ibis achieved her Masters of Science and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Jo McGrath

Financial Aid Consultant, Product Trainer

Jo McGrath, Client Training Specialist at FAME is a higher education administrator with 19 years in the industry. She has a wide breadth of expertise gained from successfully holding positions spanning financial aid, international student services, student counseling, veteran affairs, regulatory compliance, database administration, student information systems, technology integration and new student recruitment. In her position as Client Training Specialist at FAME, she enjoys leveraging her knowledge of the multiple components within the student life cycle to assist in designing training programs for a portfolio of our clients within the education industry. Jo received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, where she graduated Cum Laude, from John Jay College, City University of New York.

Leslie Valdes

Financial Aid Consultant

Lynn Borges

Financial Aid Consultant

Ruth Saito

Financial Aid Consultant

Christal Carson

Client Training Specialist

Danny Barrio

Financial Aid Consultant

Annerys Campos

Consulting Coordinator

What Our Clients Say


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