Director of Financial Aid Leaving George Mason

Posted: September 21, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Jennifer Douglas, director for the Office of Student Financial Aid, is leaving the university on Friday, Oct. 6. She has accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Jevita de Freitas, assistant director, will serve as the interim director of the office beginning Monday, Oct. 9. A reception honoring Douglas will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in George’s Restaurant.

Douglas will become the special assistant/deputy to the schools channel for Title IV in the Office of Student Financial Assistance at DOE. The office is the government’s first performance-based organization, mandated by Congress to improve service to students and cut the overall cost of providing financial assistance. Douglas will join the management team charged with administering federal student aid programs on campuses.

Douglas joined the George Mason Office of Admissions in 1986 after serving as the director of financial aid at the Maryland College of Art and Design, and as a student aid counselor at Iowa State University. She became the director for the Office of Student Financial Aid at Mason in 1990, and she has been active in state, regional, and national financial associations for 19 years.

De Freitas joined the George Mason staff as a financial aid counselor in 1992 after four years of experience in financial aid at private and proprietary institutions. In 1998, de Freitas was promoted to her current position, where her primary responsibilities include overseeing the client services staff and the counselors in the office. She is also highly involved with various state, regional, and federal financial associations, and she has served as a school trainer for the DOE.

For more information, or to RSVP for the reception, contact Sharon Cullen at x38705 or

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