Military and Veterans Benefits Advisor

Military and Veterans Benefits Advisor

Angola, Indiana



The Military and Veterans Benefits Advisor will be responsible for managing all facets of VA Benefits processing and compliance, providing support to students, collaborating with our Air Force ROTC program to enhance its growth, and overseeing our federal work study program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Military and Veterans Benefits Advisor will report directly to the Director of Financial Aid. This individual will assist students in obtaining their VA benefits and provide support to various populations on campus in relation to these programs. The Advisor will also act as the main point of contact for the Air Force ROTC program, supporting students with their financial aid to help sustain and increase enrollment in this program. Additionally, the Advisor will oversee the federal work study program as part of their responsibilities.

To achieve these goals, the Advisor will collaborate with a team to handle tasks such as Financial Aid Planning, application and FAFSA processing, advising, policy and communication development, direct and private loan counseling, loan processing, student packaging, and any other necessary functions within the department. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Serving as School Certifying Official and main VA contact for annual audits, reports etc. along with responsibility for disseminating information and resources to veteran undergraduate and graduate students. This includes:
    • Monitoring the veterans' certification requests
    • Reconciling overpayment/non-payments
    • Responding to all incoming inquiries via phone or email
    • Liaison with on-campus veterans student groups
    • Counsel and advise students who visit the Financial Aid Office
    • Supporting the coordination of Yellow Ribbon Program participation
    • Maintains and updates the veterans' affairs pages on the webpage
    • Other VA related Compliance Items
  • Primary Air Force ROTC Contact
    • Processing of Air Force ROTC scholarships for students
  • Federal Work Study Program
    • Setting annual campus and departmental budgets
    • Annual collection of job descriptions
    • Bi-weekly monitoring of spending and reporting during the school year
    • Coordination of external community-based arrangements
    • Other duties that are part of the Federal Work Study Program
    • Reporting
  • Other items
    • Ensure federal & state guidelines for student enrollment and financial aid eligibility are met
    • Counsel students to determine financial aid needs /options
    • Interact with outside agencies including the DOE, loan processing companies, state and other entities as needed to process aid
    • Provide direct customer support by routinely visiting with students during new student orientation and events where a student needs financial assistance.
    • Helping in other areas of financial aid such as Title IV programs (Direct Loans, Pell, TEACH etc.), State Grants, institutional programs, and all other aid as it relates to the financial aid program and relates to VA students and others as needed.
    • Perform other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must have an appreciation for the value of higher education, a valid driver’s license, ability to do minimal traveling, experience and skill working with computers and software programs (e.g. PowerFaids, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Jenzebar/EX, Slate etc.), and be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The individual should be self-motivated and can effectively prioritize tasks to meet deadlines required. This position requires an individual to exhibit strong organizational skills and be detail oriented. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Preferred bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, and two or more years of successful financial aid/advising or related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Trine University offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits offered include:

  • Health – medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs, flex spending or HSA accounts
  • Retirement – after one year of full-time service you are eligible for employer contribution of 5% and up to an additional 5% employer match
  • Life Insurance – a variety of voluntary life options are available along with employee life insurance (1½ times annual salary)
  • Education – after 6 months of full-time service education benefits are available for employee, spouse, and dependent children
  • Vacation and Sick Pay – in accordance with Trine's policy


The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

ApplyOpens in new window

Trine University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, citizenship status, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless such basis constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification.  Trine will comply with its legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and for religious beliefs.