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Allison Sullivan’s higher education career spans over 16 years. As an administrator, she brings both the financial aid and business office (bursar) background. Her experience as a financial aid director incorporates both the public and private 4-year institution settings. Prior to joining FAS, Allison served as Director of Financial Aid at Anderson University (SC). She also held director positions at Erskine College and the University of South Carolina Upstate.

Ms. Sullivan has a strong command of federal and state financial aid regulations. Her approach to documenting policies and procedures has been replicated by many of her colleagues. None of the institutions where Allison served as director had audit findings during her tenure. She has administered institutional aid under several enrollment management models and has a broad perspective of financial aid’s critical role in recruitment and retention.

Allison is a “savvy end-user” in the most widely-used higher education ERPs, such as Banner, Colleague and PeopleSoft as well as the College Board’s PowerFAIDS financial aid management system. She also has years of hands-on experience with the U.S. Department of Education’s tools for financial aid administrators, including the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System, Direct Loan (DL) Tools, FAA-Access and the National Student Loan Data System. Having held positions which included administering Veterans Benefits, Allison is familiar with the VA Once platform.

Throughout her career, Allison has been active in professional associations. Her involvement has included volunteer and elected positions at the national, regional and state level. For the 2011-2012 year, Allison served as President of the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SCASFAA). She has acted as moderator, panelist and presenter in a wide variety of conference sessions.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and Master of Science in Business from Southern Wesleyan 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