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Dawn Langdon is a financial aid professional with over 18 years of experience. Her tenure includes working at large and small institutions throughout New York State. Dawn began her career as a counselor at Alfred University. Over the years, she ascended the ranks, moving into management and leadership positions at institutions such as Kueka College and the University of Rochester. In addition to her time on campuses, Dawn held a management role with the New York Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Immediately prior to joining FAS, Dawn was associate director of financial aid at Hobart William Smith Colleges.

Langdon is highly proficient in performing verification, monitoring Return of Title IV Funds (R2T4) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), processing loans and, packaging federal, state and institutional awards. Dawn understands the complexities of institutional, program and student eligibility. She has deep insights on need analysis in both federal and institutional methodologies (FM and IM). Dawn is known for her expertise in helping families better understand the FASFA and CSS Profile applications and complete them accurately.

Dawn has trained many financial aid officers on the federal regulations as well as the policies for New York State programs, including the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

Dawn has experience with various financial aid systems, including Oracle PeopleSoft, Ellucian (formerly SunGard) SIS+, and The College Board’s PowerFAIDS. She is also a savvy user of the U.S. Department of Education’s suite of platforms such as the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) Direct Loan (DL) Tool, EDExpress, and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS).

During her financial aid career she has been a member of the New York State Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NYSFAA) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

Langdon holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management from State University of New York (SUNY) Courtland and a Master of Science in Education from Alfred University.


FAS really has top-notch people. They are very professional and easy to deal with. It’s an organization I can trust and be assured that whatever they do or advise will be accepted by the DOE as being true and compliant."

- Eric Nelson | Vice President for Finance | Wesley College