Vice President, Financial Aid | Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Bob Collins serves as Vice President of Financial Aid at Western Governors University.
Areas of Expertise:
Student Financial Aid, Financial Literacy, Responsible Borrowing, Student Debt, Leadership, and Higher Education
University of Phoenix: M.A., Public Administration 2012
University of Colorado Denver: B.A., Business Administration and Management 1983
Niagara University: General, Business Administration and Management 1980
Bob Collins is a career financial aid administrator who believes that paying for college should be simpler for students. In the past 10 years at Western Governors University, he has led its Responsible Borrowing Initiatives program which encourages students to borrow only what they need, resulting in students graduating with half the debt as the national average.
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Forward 50
Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
National Association of Student Aid Administrators, Aug. 6, 2021
Too often, borrowers are saddled with burdensome student loan debts and leave school unable to make payments on loan amounts they probably shouldn't have even taken out in the first place.
BadCredit.org, June 11, 2021
In early 2020, shortly after students had arrived on college campuses for the spring semester, they had to vacate classrooms, libraries, and dormitories. That’s because the COVID-19 pandemic brought higher education to a grinding halt in a way few disasters could.
Forbes, April 2, 2021
There have been plenty of rumors regarding federal student loan forgiveness, as well as several different plans that could bring this type of plan to fruition — at least for some.
Money, Dec. 31, 2020
Facing economic instability and comparatively high unemployment, millions of Americans are considering their career plans from a fresh lens, including the possibility of starting or continuing college.
NASFAA Gold Star Award
WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiatives (RBI) program recognized for successfully lowering debt for students.
WCET Outstanding Work (WOW Award)
WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiatives (RBI) program recognized for “implementing exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education.”
AAUA Exemplary Models Award
WGU's Responsible Borrowing Initiatives (RBI) program recognized for providing “an excellent solution to a common problem in higher education.”