Financial Aid Packaging with the CA Independents

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Audience: Advisors

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Audience: Advisors

Join the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)  for a presentation on financial aid packaging.


Alex Graves, Vice President of Government Relations

Jenny Garcia,  Associate Director of Compliance and Training at the University of San Francisco

Rebecca Chorley, Financial Aid Counselor at Jessup University


The Speakers

Alex Graves joined AICCU in January 2019. As vice president for government relations, he is the chief lobbyist and is responsible for legislative advocacy and public policy leadership in support of independent higher education. Graves serves as the liaison between AICCU and the Governor’s Office, the California Legislature, California Student Aid Commission, and other public bodies.

Prior to joining AICCU, he worked as the legislative advocate at the California State University Office of Advocacy & State Relations, where he staffed legislation pertaining to admissions, financial aid, K-12 and teacher preparation, student basic needs, and transfer. 

He has also worked as a legislative assistant at the Alzheimer’s Association, and as a graduate research assistant at the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy. In 2016-17 he completed the California Education Policy Fellowship Program, a year-long program designed to help equip education leaders address the state’s unique education policy needs.

Graves received his Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Occidental College and his Master’s of Public Policy & Administration from Sacramento State University. For the past ten years, he has volunteered with Occidental as part of their Volunteers in Service of Tiger Admission (ViSTA) program. He has also volunteered locally with the YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Junior Giants Baseball Program.

Jenny Garcia is currently the Associate Director of Compliance and Training at the University of San Francisco. Jenny has 4 years of experience as a financial aid administrator. She currently serves as CASFAA’s Vice President of State Issues. She has been a CASFAA member since 2019.

Rebecca Chorley is a Financial Aid Counselor at Jessup University with previous experience in training employees and leveraging organized approaches to handle daily planning, scheduling, and customer service requirements.

Forward-thinking and industrious with a diplomatic communication style influenced by a Bachelors and Masters in Communication Studies from California Baptist University.