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Release: April 18, 2003

UI Student Financial Aid Office Wins Statewide Award

The UI Office of Student Financial Aid has won the John E. Moore Award from the Iowa Student Financial Aid Administrators for its efforts to create a paperless application and notification system.

The John E. Moore Award is given annually to the Financial Aid Office at an Iowa college or university that has shown the highest standards of service and commitment to its students and community.

"The office is particularly honored to receive the award named after John Moore, one of the founding fathers of the state aid association and the director of Financial Aid and Admission at the University of Iowa for many years," said Mark Warner, director of UI's Office of Student Financial Aid. "It is notable to be recognized by our peers for doing what we enjoy most--providing access to higher education to students through a commitment to service."

The paperless system moves all of a student's records from paper to computer so that all records are easily accessible by everyone in the financial aid office. In addition, the information is being placed on the UI Iowa Student Information System (ISIS) so financial aid recipients can access the information online.

ISIS also allows students to view where their applications are at in the financial aid process, see whether they are missing forms, view billing information and see how their financial aid was disbursed.

In addition, the new system will significantly reduce the number of forms that are mailed to students, saving money on stationery and postage.

"ISIS also allows students to access the status of their financial aid application, including the need for additional documents," said Beth Oakes, assistant director of Student Financial Aid. "It also provides student specific billing and financial aid disbursement information."

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