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Financial Aid

Meet the Staff

Chuck Walz

Chuck Walz, Director of Financial Aid 
Chuck has over 23 years of experience as a financial aid and enrollment professional. He is the direct supervisor of the financial aid staff, manages the budget, ensures federal, state and institutional compliance, and oversees the technology and data management used in financial aid processing. Originally from the Midwest, he has a Chilean-American background and is bilingual English/Spanish. cwalz@ndnu.edu


Alison Bell

Alison Bell, Information Officer

As the information officer, Alison will be your first point of contact for the Office of Financial Aid. Alison will assist in guiding students to the appropriate resources for their financial needs. Alison has over 10 years of experience working in education ranging from a classroom teacher to a high school guidance counselor. Originally from the Bay Area, Alison is fluent in American Sign Language and English. abell@ndnu.edu

Jennifer Zednick

Jennifer Zednick, Loan Counselor

The newest member of the NDNU Financial Aid staff, Jennifer has worked in education for over 7 years with a background in Financial Aid for over 4 years. Jennifer is the point person for Federal Direct, Direct Parent PLUS, private, and Perkins loans as well as managing all of the duties of a financial aid counselor.  If you wish to modify or cancel a loan she is your first point of contact. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Jennifer is also a dedicated mother who is highly focused on raising her son. jzednick@ndnu.edu

I Chen

I Chen, Senior Associate Director

I Chen has over 16 years of experience in higher education working as student finance administrator, assistant registrar, and instructor. Her passion lies in assisting students to succeed no matter what their academic, cultural, or ethnic backgrounds. I is originally from Taiwan and is trilingual Chinese/English/Spanish. ichen@ndnu.edu

Sushini Chand

Sushini Chand, Financial Aid Counselor

Sushini began her career in the fiscal management sector, working both domestically and internationally. After several years, she discovered her passion to help students achieve their educational goals. Sushini transitioned into the higher education sector nearly five years ago and has provided counseling to numerous college students. At NDNU, Sushini will focus on Cal Grants, packaging, and scholarships. Born in Fiji, Sushini resides in the Bay Area and is fluent in English and Hindi. schand@ndnu.edu

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