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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial Aid and Scholarships Staff Information 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 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.

Marvin Smith

Executive Director
Financial Aid and Scholarships

Ina Sotomayor

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Morgan Quijano

Associate Director
Data and Systems

Brianne Compton

Assistant Director
Federal and State Programs


Assistant Director of Processing and Customer Service


Assistant Director of Compliance and Training


Office Manager

Counseling and Outreach

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.

Anh Vuong

Financial Aid
Counseling Supervisor

Jan Hastings

Financial Aid
Counseling Supervisor

Sunterrah Palmer

Communications and Outreach

Ruben Garcia

Alpha BV-DOT

Edgar Martinez


Jessica Maldonado


Emmanuel Fojas

Alpha KIU-MB

Courtney Newman

Alpha MC-PAQ

Alexis Jackson


Scarlett Upshaw


Gustavo Sanchez


Maria Sanchez

Communications and Outreach 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

Camila Quino

Advisor for Alpha A-FES


Advisor for Alpha LF-RIOS

Violet Banks

Advisor for Alpha FET-LEZ


Advisor for Alpha RIOT-ZZZ


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

Tamara Tsang

Scholarships Program Manager

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.

Nancy Garcia

Lead Compliance Officer

Eileen Preciado

Compliance Officer

Laura Rivera

Compliance Officer

Cynthia Mancilla

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.


Document Supervisor

Jason Mejia

Document Assistant

Andrea Renteria

Document Assistant

Peter Oskarsson

Document Assistant

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.

Sandra Machuca

Administrative Specialist

Theda Gill

Administrative Specialist

Jackie Ly

Administrative Specialist

Jessica Iniguez

Work Study Coordinator