Third Coast takes a systematic approach to help an institution of higher education optimize its underlying financial aid processes to achieve more efficient results. As financial aid professionals, we approach the business process improvement cycle with a combination of best practice solutions and financial aid process and the system optimization.
To improve a business process, Third Coast consultants follow these steps to guide the campus to make the desired improvements:
Assessment of the financial aid operation is performed by Third Coast consultants toward the goal of formulating opportunities to modify your processes. Third Coast consultants have extensive expertise in utilizing best practice solutions within student information systems, including: PeopleSoft, Colleague, Banner, CAMS and PowerFAIDS.
Financial Aid Offices are painfully aware of the results of inefficient processes; unhappy students, stressed staff members, missed deadlines, and slow delivery and disbursement of financial aid funds are just some of the problems that dysfunctional processes can create. That’s why it’s so important to improve processes when they are not working well.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to improve most processes at some point. New enrollment and retention goals, new technology, and changes in the regulatory and financial aid environment can all cause established processes to become inefficient or outdated.
It is our opinion that simply improving business processes is the easiest and fastest way to improve the service that the financial aid office provides to your students.