Adams State University Financial Aid Office is always working to improve student services and access to federal financial aid.

Jeff Gallegos, financial aid administrative assistant II, received a scholarship to attend the annual Rocky Mountain Association of Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA) Summer Institute.

“The regional organization keeps us up-to-date on the latest federal financial aid policies,” Gallegos said. His daily duties include assisting Adams State students and ensuring they receive the best financial awards possible.

Jeff Gallegos
Jeff Gallegos assists all students with financial aid.

The scholarship waives the $500 summer institute fee and assists with up to $500 for travel.

This summer, Gallegos will celebrate his sixth anniversary working for Adams State. This will be his first time attending the four-day institute planned for June at University of Nebraska Kearney in Kearney, Nebraska.

“I look forward to the hands-on learning environment for processing federal aid,” Gallegos said. “As an adviser, I have working knowledge but I am not very familiar with the back-end processing and I look forward to seeing the wheels in motion.”

Adams State Director of Financial Aid Heidi Markey admires Gallegos’ commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts, which positively impact the student experience. “He is an incredible student advocate, and he is always willing to help our students navigate their way through the Adams State experience.”

RMASFAA’s Summer Institute is a nationally recognized week of training for financial aid administrators. Registrants are divided into classes and each class is led by two instructors. The curriculum follows the NASFAA U modules for the various Title IV aid topics; however, other non-Title IV topics are also covered. Fun, engaging activities, and networking outside the classroom are also part of this valuable experience.