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Laurie Wolf, Ph.D. is a higher education professional with over 35 years of experience. Dr. Wolf joins Financial Aid Services (FAS) upon retiring from Des Moines Area Community College District (DMACCD). At DMACCD, Dr. Wolf was the Chief Student Services Officer. In this capacity, she served as the District’s financial aid director and had oversight of all other student services areas, from enrollment to the library services and student health center. Among her many accomplishments at DMACCD was establishing a veteran affairs office, expanding student wellness and intermural programs, and developing a seamless transfer program with 10 four-year institutions.

Prior to her tenure at DMACCD, Dr. Wolf worked for the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC). At ICSAC she was involved in administering state grant and scholarship programs to students attending public and private institutions throughout the state. Dr. Wolf also played a vital role in the state’s early awareness and college savings programs. Before ICSAC, Dr. Wolf held enrollment management positions at the University of Iowa and Iowa Wesleyan College.

Dr. Wolf has been prominently involved in the financial aid profession at the state, regional and national level. Her affiliation with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) culminated in Dr. Wolf serving as National Chair in 2011. She has presented on and advocated for higher education issues to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Congress and members of the White House Staff.

Additionally, Dr. Wolf has been a guest lecturer at several colleges and universities as well as a Title IV School Trainer for the U.S. Department of Education.

Wolf holds a B.A. in English from Iowa Wesleyan College, a M.A. in Higher Education Studies from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Iowa State 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