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Dill Receives SASFAA Distinguished Service Award
Eliza Souers - 8/27/2021

Dill Receives SASFAA Distinguished Service Award


Marian Dill, director of financial aid, recently received the Distinguished Service Award from the Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SASFAA).


The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by SASFAA. Individuals honored with the SASFAA Distinguished Service Award have made outstanding, significant, and meritorious contributions to the advancement of student financial aid or the profession. The awards committee, comprising the elected officers of the association, are charged to consider nominees and recommend them for consideration to the board of directors. Nominees must be approved by a two-thirds vote of board members present and voting.


"Marian has exponentially met every requirement of SASFAA's Distinguished Service Award for as long as I have known her," says Carolyn Sparks, associate vice president for enrollment and director of financial aid at Wofford College in South Carolina. "She is someone that never has the need to be in the spotlight, but when presenting or hanging out with colleagues, she is always sensible, kind, funny, engaged, and willing to help and advise."


Prior to her arrival at Lee in 1998, Dill was the assistant director of financial aid at Cleveland State Community College and a financial aid counselor at Tennessee Wesleyan College.


Dill became involved with SASFAA in 2009, when she served as president for The Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Since then, she has served as budget and finance chair, a trainer for the New Aid Officers Workshop, vice president, and president of SASFAA.


In 2014, Dill testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on health, education, labor, and pensions during a hearing for federal student loan programs. In 2015, she served on the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committee focused on Title IV loans, and she was on the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators board from 2017-2020.


Dill earned her Master of Education in community counseling at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Bachelor of Human Services at Tennessee Wesleyan College.


"My love for the profession is driven by the desire to help students navigate the financial aid process as they strive to reach their educational goals," says Dill. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in a vocation that positively impacts students, our community, and beyond."


SASFAA is an organization of over 1200 financial aid professionals working within the nine southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia) whose purpose is to promote the professional preparation of individuals within financial aid, to develop effective programs related to student financial aid, to facilitate communication between all interested parties within the financial aid community, and to continually evaluate and update their services.


For more information on SASFAA, visit


For more information about Lee's financial aid office, visit

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