Howard Leslie, VP, Berkeley College Financial Aid, Leads New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association as President

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Berkeley College

Howard Leslie, Vice President, Berkeley College Financial Aid, took office as President of the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA) at its annual meeting, held during the NYSFAAA 50th Annual Conference in Syracuse, NY, on October 24, 2018.  He was elected to the office in December 2017.

“The presidency of the NYSFAAA requires being responsive to the needs of administrators across New York State. It requires an open and embracing presence as the issues, while often pushed upon us from the outside, can be as different as the geography and demography of Buffalo, Potsdam or Brooklyn,” said Heather McDonnell, an NYSFAAA past president. “Like most financial aid administrators, Howard is a passionate advocate for his students and institution. He will infuse his boundless energy into this organization, full of energy and passion.”

“NYSFAAA is best known for training our membership, guidance counselors and other affiliated Financial Aid Professionals but the most important thing we do individually, and as an association, is advocate for students,” Mr. Leslie said. “One of the most important things about NYSFAAA is the networking and solutions our members share with each other,” he added.

Berkeley College

Mr. Leslie joined Berkeley College in 2009. He is responsible for the management of all the College’s financial aid offices and oversees the administration of student aid programs, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations. Before joining Berkeley College, Mr. Leslie served as Corporate Director of Financial Aid and Compliance at Porter and Chester Institute in Stratford, CT. Before that, he served for 10 years as Dean of Student Financial Services at Monroe College, Bronx, NY, and for 20 years as Director of Student Financial Services at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Mr. Leslie holds an MS in Guidance and Counseling and a BA in Psychology from the City University of New York-Herbert H. Lehman College. He received the NYFAAA 2006 Citation of Appreciation, 2007 Mr. Thomas Monahan Achievement Award, 2012 Founders Service Award and the 2017 Father Joseph Dunne Service Award. He received a Citation of Appreciation from Past President Jimmy Carter in recognition of his role as a primary advocate for student financial aid in the Greater Atlanta area in 1995. He also was recognized by the Department of Education as one the first people to energize the nation to be concerned about Student Financial Literacy. As such he presented on behalf of the Department several times and was also a national trainer for the Department for many years.

Throughout Mr. Leslie’s career he has served as a member or chair of several NYSFAAA committees, including a newly created Ethics Committee in response to New York State and federal regulations which focused on questioning and constraining behavior in the profession. Mr. Leslie and the Committee wrote the Association’s Statement of Ethics and Principals and provided training sessions at the following year’s conference.

Mr. Leslie also has served as an advisory board member and spokesperson for the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), during which time he was honored to be the first nationwide individual to certify an electronic federal student loan. In 1993, Mr. Leslie received the first HESC Citation of Appreciation. He is a board member of the Eastern Association of Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA) and the New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NJASFAA).

NYSFAAA is a non-profit organization comprised of nearly 1500 Financial Aid Professionals and other Higher Education Providers such as High School College Bound Guidance Professionals. Its prime directive is to help promote equal access to education in New York State.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls more than 7,000 students – including more than 350 international students – in its Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers an MBA in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.


Berkeley College has three New York campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are four campuses – Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. For five consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Berkeley College among the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Programs and among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The website address is


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