Get to know the people who are here to help you through the financial aid process.
Vince Cuseo, Vice President of Enrollment
Vince joined Oxy in 1999. He previously served as director of admission at Grinnell College, with prior admission stints at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and Boston College. A native New Yorker, he’s a philosophy graduate of Fordham University who earned his master's degree at Columbia’s Teachers College.
Gina Becerril, Director of Financial Aid
Gina earned her master's degree from Stanford and is a 1999 graduate of UCLA. She came to Oxy from the Fulfillment Fund, where she served as the scholarship program coordinator and worked with economically disadvantaged students, helping them with the transition from high school to college. Gina’s responsibilities include counseling families and community outreach. Gina is available to speak to families in Spanish.
Craig Organek, Associate Director Financial Aid
Craig joined the Oxy Financial Aid team in 2012. He earned his master's in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2006. Originally from upstate New York, he earned his undergraduate degree from SUNY Albany and has been actively working in Financial Aid for over 17 years. Craig's responsibilities include providing technical support for the office, compiling survey data for national publications, counseling families, administering the Federal Pell Grant program, and serving as the liaison for student athletes and veterans.
Nancy Medina, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Nancy is a 2007 graduate of Occidental with a B.A. in History. As a student, she worked for both the Office of Admission and the Financial Aid Office. Nancy's responsibilities include counseling families, administering the federal loan program and Alternative Loans, and processing communications. Nancy is available to speak to families in Spanish.
Emily Valk, Interim Financial Aid Counselor
Emily graduated from UCSB in 2010 with a B.A. in Global Studies. She spent three years living in Washington, D.C. working in international development before taking a year off to backpack through Southeast Asia. Since returning to her native California, she has joined the Financial Aid Office where she serves as a friendly first point of contact for students and families. Emily's responsibilities include counseling families, coordinating outside scholarships, Cal Grants, and work study.
Jean Gaudern, Financial Aid Coordinator
Jean came to Occidental in 2000, after working in tax preparation and medical billing. Jean ensures that paperwork finds its way to its proper place. She helps create a warm and friendly climate for Occidental students. She is also a proud parent of an Oxy alum ('03).
Mark Gad '18, Student Intern Mark is a third-year student from Huntington Beach, California majoring in Biochemistry.
Zachary Hunter '18, Student Intern Zach is a third-year student from Murrieta, California majoring in History.
Bolivia Iezza '18, Student Intern Bolivia is a third-year student from Pasadena, California majoring in Urban & Environmental Policy.
Marshall Meyer '18, Student Intern Marshall is a third-year student from Denton, Maryland majoring in Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture.
Lindsee Diaz '20, Student Intern Lindsee is a first-year student from San Diego, California. Lindsee is considering a major in Media Arts and Culture.
Estephany Lopez '20, Student Intern Estephany is a first-year student from Lawndale, California. Estephany is considering a major in Sociology.
- Mailing Address:
Financial Aid Office
1600 Campus Road F-35
Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314
Arthur G. Coons