Finance your studies

Learn how you finance your studies in the U.S. as an international student by joining a Study in the USA webchat on January 21, 2016 (at noon Brussels time/CET – 11:00 UTC/GMT)

During this webchat, experts from GWU and Northern Virginia Community College will answer online viewer questions about everything from scholarships to loans. To join the chat, click here: https://educationusa.state.gov/educationusa-interactive

Biographies of the Speakers

Kim Williams is a Program Officer in the Office of Global Education at the U.S. Department of State, where she works with EducationUSA Advisors in the greater China region. Prior to her current assignment, Kimberly served as Vice Consul of Education, Culture, and Media at the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Her previous work includes seven years as a tenured history professor in Florida where she taught more than 2,000 students and more than 3,000 educators online. She also served as a Faculty Advisor for the International Scholar Laureate program to China, traveled to Thailand and Cambodia as a Fulbright-Hays recipient, and she has authored several books.

Joan Zanders has a combined total of 28.5 years as a Director of Financial Aid. For the past 7.5 years, she has been at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), a school of almost 77,000 students, with six full campuses. Prior to NOVA, she served as Director of Financial Aid at a 4-year private, a 4-year public and a community college in Nebraska. She has served as President of the Nebraska Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NeASFAA), President of the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA), co-chaired the regional conference and served on most committees within those organizations. At the national level, Ms. Zanders served on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Board of Directors and on seven different committees, some multiple times, including as chair of the NASFAA Leadership Development and Professional Advancement Committee and Conference. Ms. Zanders has also served on the Program Integrity Negotiated Rulemaking Committee in 2009-2010. She has presented at numerous conferences throughout the country for state, regional and national associations, within and outside the financial aid profession. In 2010, she participated in the Education USA Conference for Sub-Saharan Africa, which was held in South Africa.

Jennifer Joslin is the director of Colonial Central, a one-stop student services center at the George Washington University that supports students, families, and the greater GW community with navigating GW’s financial aid, billing, and registration processes. She has more than a decade of experience in the field of higher education and earned her master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from GW in 2008.