Here on the WITfinaid blog, we cover a number of helpful and important topics involving student aid at Wentworth and beyond. You also want to be informed about who is in your financial aid office, processing your aid, performing verification, contacting you with any issues, and guiding you through the financial aid process.
Incoming and returning students at Wentworth are assigned a financial aid counselor according to the first letter of your last name- your financial aid counselor attends to financial aid related needs, and questions you may have.
Let’s meet your counselors-
Shannon Boutin has been at Wentworth for two and a half years. She was out front as a Student Services Representative before moving into financial aid where she has been for a year and a half. She is your counselor if your last name begins with A, B, W, X, Y or Z. Shannon’s favorite thing about WIT is working alongside all of us here in the Student Service Center. She recommends that as a student, take time to learn things outside the classroom, and connect with other resources to broaden your educational experience. If you have questions about how financial aid works with study abroad, Shannon is your go to. Something interesting about Shannon is that she is one of 5 siblings. Shannon loves to travel- to urban places as well as venture to the great outdoors.
Erica Davis has been at Wentworth for a year and a half, and she has been in financial aid for a year now. If your last name begins with R, S, T, U, or V, she is your counselor. One of her favorite things about WIT are her co-workers. Some advice she would recommend to students is not to forget to have a social life while you are in college, take time to be yourself and make time for activities outside of school! If you have questions about Boston Public Schools, Fournier or Jimmie Beverly admission scholarships, contact Erica. Something interesting that you might not know about Erica, is that she is ¼ Mexican. Erica loves to be with her friends in her time outside the office.
Lisa Lessard has been in the financial aid office at Wentworth for a year now. She has been in financial aid for almost 22 years. She manages students with last names beginning with J, K, O, P and Q. One of Lisa’s favorite things about working at WIT are the people she works with. Lisa’s advice is to take advantage of the Federal Work Study program, or FWS. If you have questions about work study, talk to Lisa! An interesting fact about Lisa is that she is a very talented and avid knitter. You will see her usually wearing some of her amazing scarves, socks and sweaters. She also has a prolific Instagram and podcast all about knitting. On weekends, she and her husband enjoy rowing.
Rae Daniel has been at Wentworth for nine years. He spent a year out front as a Student Services Representative before moving into financial aid, where he has been ever since. Rae manages students with last names beginning in F, G, H and I. Rae enjoys being at WIT because of his coworkers and the work environment here. He recommends that students be aware of their borrowing, and not to overborrow student loans when it is not necessary. Rae enjoys traveling the world, skateboarding and collecting unique sneakers. In his time outside the office he loves to watch movies. He has seen many fantastic 80’s horror flicks.
Katie Paquin has been in financial aid for six and a half years. Two and a half of those have been here at WIT. She began in financial aid as a work study student, when she was in college. Katie manages all students whose last names begin with the letters C, D and E. Her favorite thing about WIT is that we are part of the Colleges of the Fenway and how that is an opportunity to part of something bigger within our community. Katie manages our financial literacy program, LeopardCents and SALT, our online resource for financial education. She recommends that all students be aware of what they borrow. Something interesting you may not know about Katie is that she is an accomplished dancer. She was trained as a professional ballerina and performs Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance with her dance company. When Katie is not in the office she is most likely training for her next marathon.
Audrey Kay has been at Wentworth for about 3 weeks now, and is loving it! She has been in financial aid for 2 years. Students with last names beginning in L, M, and N, she is your counselor. Her favorite thing about WIT is that students get the opportunity to have real-world experience while they are here during their COOP. She recommends that all students use their creativity and do their research when looking for ways to pay for college, there are many avenues and options along the road to funding your education. Something interesting about Audrey is that she is an artist. She draws, paints and loves to collect antiques in her time outside the office.
Kim Tibbetts is one of our Associate Directors of financial aid. She has been at WIT for around 7 years. She has been in the financial aid field for 23 years. Kim oversees Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), and many other aspects of compliance. Kim really enjoys working with her colleagues here in the Student Service Center, she says it’s so wonderful to work with such a supportive staff like us! She recommends that all students do not hesitate to reach out to any of us, don’t be afraid to come on in to see us and ask questions. When Kim is not in the office she loves spending time with her three fabulous grandchildren. She is also an accomplished Reiki practitioner, energy healer and ghost hunter.
Shannon Glaser is one of our Associate Directors of financial aid. Shannon has been at Wentworth since 2014 and has been in the financial aid field for 14 years. She oversees staff in our office and is our resident expert with technology and loan processing. Shannon really enjoys the people she works with and says that her favorite part of the office is the collaboration that we share as a group. As she is currently pursuing her Graduate degree, Shannon recommends that you shop around for books, there are many ways to seek out discounted textbooks when they are either used or rented. Something interesting you may not know about Shannon is that she is a firearms instructor. She also loves to make things, some of which include, her own beer, pickles, and various woodworking projects. When Shannon is not in the office she really enjoys cycling.
Anne-Marie Caruso is our Director of Financial Aid at Wentworth. She has been in the financial aid field for 20 years, and has been here at WIT for 10. She oversees all aspects of the financial aid office along with Title IV compliance and regulations that make financial aid possible at WIT. (Title IV is the term for federal financial aid funds!) We are lucky to have her at the helm. Anne-Marie’s favorite thing about WIT are her staff and colleagues. She recommends that all students take advantage of campus activities and get involved in the community. It is an opportunity to connect and gain leadership experience. Something you may not know about Anne-Marie is the she is a relative of a famous Olympic figure skater. When she is not in the office she is most likely cooking or baking something delicious.
I hope that you enjoyed getting to know more about us! We all look forward to getting to know you!
Until next time,