Our Staff

Financial Aid and Scholarships Counseling Unit

The Financial Aid and Scholarships staff is available at the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office located in Murphy Hall A129J. Counselors may also be reached by phone at:

 (310) 206-0400  

Alternatively through our Messaging Center 

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The role of the counseling unit is to provide guidance to students and families about their financial aid packages. The counseling unit also handles some of the more technical aspects of financial aid such as reviewing taxes, appeals, and other special circumstances.

  • Morgan Quijano
    Counseling Unit
  • Jan Hastings
    Counselor for
  • Belen Estrella
    Counselor for
    Alpha BRC-CRV
  • Anh Vuong
    Counselor for
    Alpha CRW-GAL
  • Cynthia Mancilla
    Counselor for
    Alpha GAM-HIW
  • Carla Rutledge
    Counselor for Alpha
  • Emmanuel Fojas
    Counselor for
  • Sherin C. Lopez
    Counselor for Alpha
  • Eileen Preciado
    Counselor for
    Alpha NGW-RAMB
  • Dana Tate
    Counselor for
    Alpha RAMC-SHJ
  • Cesar Fernandez
    Counselor for
    Alpha SHK-VAP
  • Gustavo Sanchez
    Counselor for
    Alpha VAQ-Z
  • Eddy Conroy
    Outreach and
    Communications Coordinator

Service Counter

The role of the service counter is to provide excellent customer service to our students via our walk in service counter, our phone lines, as well as electronically through the financial aid email system. The service counter also reviews revisions to student accounts such as housing changes and budget add on requests.

  • Jennifer Fernandez
    Counter Staff Supervisor
  • Magdalena Chavez
    Advisor for Alpha
  • Jennifer Bolden
    Advisor for
    Alpha LF-RIOS


The role of the scholarships unit is to award in house scholarships and act as liaisons for special programs such as Jackie Robinson Foundation, Gates Millennium, TELECU, Alumni Scholarship, and National Merit.

  • Alejandra Ramirez
    Scholarships Unit Supervisor
  • Verona Nelson
    Scholarship Unit Advisor


The role of the Compliance unit is to ensure that Financial Aid and Scholarships is operating in accordance to the guidelines set forth by university and federal policies. The compliance unit also reviews items such as student satisfactory academic progress, and withdrawals.

  • Audren Morris-Sandoval
    Assistant Director for
    Compliance and Processing
  • Bre Compton
    Compliance Officer
  • Stacy Ventura
    Compliance Officer
  • Nancy Garcia
    Compliance Officer
  • Laura Rivera
    Compliance Officer
  • Justin Ko
    NCAA Compliance Officer

Document Management

The role of Document Management is to collect and organize all paperwork submitted by students, and have these documents uploaded to the students account. UCLA has elected to use a “paperless” process when filing documents, and Document Management is responsible for the timely review and uploading of all documents.

  • Brian Brown
    Document Management
    for Alpha OMA-ZZZ
  • Minnie Solomon
    Document Specialist
    for Alpha A-HAQ
  • Maria Davila
    Document Specialist
    for Alpha HAR-OLZ

Work Study/ Cal Grant/ Pell Grant

The role of the Cal Grant/Pell Grant/Work Study Unit is to review and confirm student eligibility for each program including reconciliation for all awards with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and federal Common Origination & Disbursement (COD). The unit also completes hiring paperwork and processes timesheets for UCLA's off-campus work study student population, as well as processing Financial Aid Transmittals awarded by Campus Departments. 

  • Catherine Staples
    Assistant Director for Cal Grant,
    Pell Grant and Work Study
  • Sandra Machuca
    Administrative Specialist
  • Theda Gill
    Administrative Specialist
  • Jackie Ly
    Administrative Specialist
  • Victor Cisneros
    Work-Study Program


The Management Team includes the Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships along with our Associate Directors and departmental managers. Management is responsible for the oversight of the daily operations in Financial Aid and Scholarships.

  • Ronald Johnson
  • Ina Sotomayor
    Senior Associate
  • Catherine Staples
    Assistant Director for Cal Grant,
    Pell Grant and Work Study
  • Audren
    Assistant Director for
    Compliance and Processing
  • Carol Turpin
    Office Manager
    FATV provides quick video answers to common financial aid questions. Click on the image below to go to the full video library.