Financial Aid

Paying for college can sometimes seem intimidating or confusing. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable financial aid specialists are here to guide you through these new responsibilities and help demystify the process along the way.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about funding your education and accessing scholarships, student loans, or grants, please connect with one of our financial aid specialists below.


Meet Your Financial Aid Specialist


Aaron Carlson

Aaron Carlson

Executive Director of Financial Aid and Student Success

Born and raised in Colorado, I developed a love for athletics, adventure, and the outdoors. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Russian and subsequently received a master’s degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. My post-graduate work has placed me in numerous educational institutions in a wide array of roles, cultures, and age groups, and has given me invaluable exposure to what does and does not work in education. I have not yet found a university that can lift students to their potential more effectively than Southern Virginia University. I look forward to helping lift you to yours.

Email: aaron.carlson@svu.edu
Phone: 540-261-8425
Location: Main Hall 218

Joseph Walker

Joseph Walker

Assistant Director of Financial Aid

Financial Aid Specialist

I am a native Virginian and Southern Virginia University alumni. On the weekends you can catch me reading, working on home projects, and spending quality time with my wife and kids. I take great satisfaction in helping you and your family set up financial arrangements, especially the results of seeing those I help go from incoming students to graduates. My goal is to help make your Southern Virginia University experience great.

Email: joseph.walker@svu.edu
Office: 540-261-8466
Text: 904-420-0510
Location: Main 219
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Devan Lamb

Devan Lamb

Financial Aid Specialist (A–G)

Raised in Utah and other areas across the United States, I now call Virginia and its beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains home. I graduated from Southern Virginia University in 2018, where I earned a degree in Business Management & Leadership and played for the Men’s Lacrosse team. I love spending quality time outdoors with my wife, Rebekah and our dog, Marley. I enjoy movies, games, and of course, food! Here at Southern Virginia University, I want to enable students to make the most of their college experience by breaking down their financial questions into confident plans through open communication and teamwork!

Email: devan.j.lamb@svu.edu
Office: 540-407-9855
Location: Main 219

Sarah Christofferson

Sarah Christoffersen

Financial Aid Specialist (H–O)

Originally from Houston, Texas, I came to Southern Virginia University first as a student, where I’ve studied both family & human development and business. I love to dance and was on the University’s dance team for four years. Now I enjoy spending my free time outdoors floating the Maury River and hiking through the Blue Ridge with my husband. My goal in Student Financial Services is to make finances easy to understand and unintimidating so students can feel confident during their time here. I look forward to helping you!

Email: sarah.christoffersen@svu.edu
Office: 540-261-8448
Text: ‪513-401-9619
Location: Main 219
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McKinley Moore

McKinley Moore

Financial Aid Specialist (P–Z)

I’m a native of Rockbridge County and an alumna of Southern Virginia University. In addition to finances, I’m passionate about writing and I love to run the variety of roads in this beautiful place I call home (the Chessie Trail is my current favorite!). Comprehending the vocabulary surrounding finances can be a challenge, but I am here to break that barrier with you and to make the process less daunting. I look forward to being a part of your college journey!

Email: mckinley.b.moore@svu.edu
Office: 540-210-2151
Location: Main 218