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Financial Aid Coordinator Assumes National Leadership Role

Marks is chair of AAMC Committee on Student Financial Assistance

Cheri Marks has been a familiar face for students seeking financial assistance at the University of Missouri for 14 years. Her expertise in navigating student aid at MU has led to a national leadership role with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Marks now chairs the association's Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA), where she provides guidance on legislative and regulatory issues affecting financial aid for 75,000 medical students in the United States and Canada.

Cheri Marks

"In a short span, Cheri has demonstrated her dedication and commitment to the COSFA team by working on a variety of projects," said Robert Coughlin, director of financial aid at Harvard Medical School and previous COSFA chair. "She has earned the respect of her colleagues through her outreach efforts and serving as a dedicated advocate of the entire medical school financial aid community."

Marks earned her bachelor's degree from MU in 1995 and joined its staff in 1998 as a financial aid adviser for undergraduate, graduate and veterinary medicine students. In 2007, she assumed her current role as program coordinator of financial aid for the MU School of Medicine, where she manages all financial aid for medical students and started a financial literacy program called $mart Docs. The program provides knowledge, tools and resources to help medical students manage money effectively.

Marks was recognized for her service at MU when she twice received the Service Champion Award, an honor that recognizes employees at the university who go above and beyond their normal duties. In 2011, she was also the recipient of the Sandra McCurdy Dedicated Staff Award for Outstanding Service.

Prior to becoming COSFA chair in November 2012, Marks served as a member-at-large of the AAMC's Central Group on Student Affairs, member of the FIRST advisory board and as COSFA's central region representative.

The AAMC represents all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools, nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, and 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians.

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