Pat Peppin receives Meritorious Achievement Award
MESA, Ariz. – Oct. 12, 2023 – Pat Peppin, student services director in the Mesa Community College (MCC) Financial Aid Department, is one of only two individuals nationwide to receive the prestigious Meritorious Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).
The award, presented to Peppin in July, recognizes individuals who have made an important contribution to NASFAA or to the financial aid profession. To receive a Meritorious Achievement Award, the individual should have made either an important single contribution or significant multiple contributions to the association or the profession.
“It’s an honor to be recognized,” said Peppin, a long-time NASFAA member. “Our Financial Aid Department is committed to eliminating the cost barriers to education with resources and services so our students can reach their academic goals.” She further noted that every staff member in the department is focused on making the process as streamlined as possible for students.
According to NASFAA, Peppin was recognized because she is “an incredibly dedicated and motivating leader – her career in financial aid has been one of service and advocacy, and building others up for success.” Peppin has served the Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA) as a multiple term president, regional president, and a member on numerous committees. During her second term as the Arizona association president, she led a task force for the automation of the Tribal Funding Application process for Native American tribes and schools across the state.
Peppin also led AASFAA in hosting its first virtual conference and invited colleagues from the Pacific Financial Aid Association (PacFAA) to attend when its members were unable to host their own meeting at the time. PacFAA is a non-profit organization providing support to financial aid administrators and agencies that administer financial aid programs in postsecondary educational institutions across the Pacific. Her work garnered AASFAA the NASFAA Gold Star award in 2006.
The MCC Financial Aid Department assists students in securing financial aid from federal, state and educational institutions, as well as private agencies (foundations) and can be awarded in the forms of grants, education loans, work-study and scholarships. For more information, visit
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