Financial Aid’s Susan Teerink honored with regional leadership award

Susan Teerink, associate vice provost for financial aid and enrollment services, was presented with a regional leadership award by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. The honor is given to those who have exhibited high integrity and character, have shown creative leadership, and have inspired and encouraged others to actively participate in professional development. 

Teerink has served the campus community for 26 years. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and was recently appointed by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to serve as the private, nonprofit school representative to the Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board. On the national level, Teerink served as a National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators trainer and the FAFSA Simplification Implementation Task Force. She also began working as a NASFAA Standards of Excellence reviewer in 2019. 

Most recently, Teerink and colleagues were instrumental in the effort to modernize the Wisconsin Grant formula for private, nonprofit institutions in conjunction with the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Working across sectors they testified before both Assembly and Senate committees to update state legislation in preparation for the changes necessitated by FAFSA Simplification. Evers signed the updated legislation in December 2023. 

Teerink announced her retirement, effective June 30, in May. 

The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators is a nonprofit membership organization that represents more than 29,000 financial aid professionals at approximately 3,000 colleges, universities and career schools across the country. Based in Washington, D.C., NASFAA is the only national association with a primary focus on student aid legislation, regulatory analysis and training for financial aid administrators.