ND financial aid administrator Russo publishes book

by Michael O. Garvey

Joseph A. Russo

“The Art and Science of Student Aid Administration in the 21st Century,” by Joseph A. Russo, director of student financial strategies at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by the National Association of Student Aid Administrators.

Russo, who has been involved in all aspects of student financial aid administration for almost half a century, regards his new book as “an opportunity to share one’s lifelong work.”

“It is intended to serve as a basic training tool for new professionals as well as for those who work in related fields, like admissions or high school counseling,” Russo said. “I hope it will be useful to policy makers, who need to focus on broader issues as well as those responsible for administrative implementation.”

A graduate of Le Moyne College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Russo holds two masters degrees, in student personnel from Syracuse University and in education from the State University of New York.

Previously a financial aid administrator at Le Moyne and Genesee Community College, Russo is internationally respected as a leader in his field. He has 45 years of experience in student financial aid, including the 32 he has served at Notre Dame. A member of the board of directors for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, he has been a consultant to numerous organizations and was a charter member of the NCAA Committee on Financial Aid and Amateurism. In 2006 he was a visiting fellow at New College, Oxford. He also has testified before congressional committees on major public policy issues related to student aid.

Russo is co-author of two other books, “Paying for Graduate School” and “How to Save for College,” and author of “Student Financial Aid: Lessons for the U.K. from the U.S.”

Contact: Joseph Russo 574-631-6436 or Russo.4@nd.edu