• What are the benefits of enrolling at a public, private or community college; taking a gap year; or joining the military?• Why should we apply for financial aid?• Can I really negotiate my child’s financial aid award package? Understanding the FAFSA, CSS profile, awards, scholarships and total cost of education.• When do I say no to taking out a student loan?• To visit or not to visit? Is it important to visit the campus?• How important is the May 1 deposit deadline?• Wait, I have more questions!
All sessions will be held from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Space is limited, so advanced registration is requested. Bring your lunch; beverages and desserts will be available.
Lee H. Melvin, the University at Buffalo’s vice provost for enrollment management, joined UB in 2013 and has 23 years of experience in admissions and financial aid. He has managed financial aid budgets of more than $235 million and held positions similar to his current post at both Cornell University and the University of Connecticut. He is widely known in national professional circles as a thought leader and strategist with expertise in international and diversity recruitment as well as econometric modeling. He is currently involved in helping launch the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, a national effort to improve the college application experience.
John Gottardy also joined UB in 2013, as director of financial aid. He was previously director of operations in the Student Financial Aid Office at The Ohio State University and has nearly 30 years of experience developing strategic solutions for campus recruitment and retention. Prior to his work at OSU he served at Georgia State University, Arizona State University and Temple University. He leads a staff of 37 and manages an annual aid budget of more than $300 million.
Teresa Miller is the university's first vice provost for equity and inclusion, a post she assumed in 2014 while continuing her distinguished career as a professor of law, specializing in immigration law, criminal procedure and prisoner law. Her scholarly work and leadership posts reflect her longstanding commitment to equity and social justice. She is at the forefront of conversations about race and diversity on campus to strengthen the SUNY and UB guiding principle of inclusive excellence and promote a respectful and open environment that prepares our students as future leaders.