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A Strong Voice for Students

Financial aid director recognized by College Board for her service to education

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March 1, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Carolyn Lindley, Northwestern University director of financial aid, was honored this month by the College Board’s Midwestern regional office. Lindley, who has worked at Northwestern since 1975, was recognized for her enduring and distinguished service to American education, students and the College Board.

Lindley is known in student financial aid circles as a strong voice for helping students from low-income, first-generation and middle-income families attend the college of their choice. A member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, she started at Northwestern as a secretary in financial aid and steadily moved up the department’s career ladder.

“Financial aid has gotten more complicated over the years, and the recession has hit everyone hard,” Lindley says. “It’s gratifying when parents stop by the office after graduation ceremonies to thank us and say their children wouldn’t have been able to attend let alone graduate from Northwestern without the aid of our office.”

The College Board is a nonprofit membership association of thousands of colleges, universities, high schools and education organizations. An advocate and resource for excellence and quality in education, it is best known for administering the SAT and AP classes and examinations.

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