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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

Lorraine Cainia, Financial Aid Counselor

Lorraine is a proud graduate of NDNU with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and she is currently pursuing a master’s in public administration from NDNU. Lorraine is your first point of contact at NDNU if you visit the Office of Financial Aid in person in St Mary’s 107, contact us by phone or send an email. Previously employed in the NDNU Registrar’s Office, Lorraine has a thorough understanding of your needs as a student. Among her other duties in financial aid are administration of the Cal Grant program and data administration. A lifelong resident of San Francisco, Lorraine is proud to be an Argonaut. lcainia@ndnu.edu


Sonia Sanchez

Sonia Sanchez, Financial Aid Counselor
Sonia has worked in higher education for over 5 years. Along with her knowledge of financial aid, Sonia previously worked in student services, international student services and admissions. At NDNU, Sonia’s duties center on packaging, outside scholarships, and meeting with students and families. She is originally from Los Angeles and also lived in Michigan.She is bilingual in English/Spanish.

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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