Financial Services

Paying for college can sometimes seem intimidating or confusing. Our team of friendly, knowledgeable financial services 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 services specialists below.


Meet Your Financial Services 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

Joseph Walker

Joseph Walker

Assistant Director of Financial Services

Financial Services Specialist (Students P-Z)

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
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Wendi Alston

Wendi Alston

Financial Services Specialist (Students A-G)

After living in several states and one foreign country, we moved our family to Virginia in 2007. This is now home, and we love it here. I began working at Southern Virginia University in 2011. While working, I took the opportunity to finish my degree and graduated from the University in 2016 with a degree in Liberal Arts. I will also complete my master’s degree in Human Services/Student Affairs from Regent University in summer 2021. I enjoy traveling with my husband and having my children come and visit. I love the beach, the Washington Nationals, and baking. I am grateful for the opportunity to help students navigate the world of financial aid so they can pursue their dreams of a college education.

Email: wendi.alston@svu.edu
Office: 540-261-8459
Text: 920-659-5526
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Sarah Christofferson

Sarah Christoffersen

Financial Services Specialist (Students 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
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