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The Office of Financial Assistance: Meet HSSU's Financial Aid Team

James E. Green, Director of Financial Assistance

Mr. Green joined the Financial Aid Team in the fall of 2014. He holds both a B.A. and M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. He has more than 20 years experience in financial aid and is excited to be a part of the HSSU family. He is committed to providing students with the best service possible while ensuring all state, federal, and institutional regulations are followed. 

Mr. Green can be contacted at (314) 340-3502 or via email at

Benjale Bailey Jr., Default Prevention Coordinator

Mr. Bailey joined the Office of Financial Assistance in July of 2014. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Bethune-Cookman University and a M.S.Ed. with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success from Walden University. His commitment to assist students with managing their student loan debt was ignited throughout his experience in financial aid. 

Mr. Bailey can be contacted at (314) 340-3578 or via email at

Ashley N. Byington, Financial Aid Counselor

Ms. Ashley has worked at Harris-Stowe since 2005 and transitioned to the Office of Financial Assistance in 2006. As the first face that students saw upon entering the office for eight years, she understands how important it is to provide the best customer service experience possible. Now, after receiving her B.S. in Business Administration from HSSU in 2013, she has become a financial aid counselor and believes that serving our Hornets is her opportunity to give back to her Alma mater. 

Ms. Ashley can be contacted at (314) 340-3507 or via email at

Heather E. O'Fallon, Verification Specialist

Ms. Heather joined the Financial Aid Team in February of 2015, bringing with her more than ten years of experience in financial aid. Before becoming a Hornet, she worked in Student Loan Consolidations at the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority and was the financial aid processor for a Corinthian College campus in St. Louis. She looks forward to working with each of our Hornets to ensure that their financial aid experience is as smooth as possible.

Ms. Heather can be contacted at (314) 340-3510 or via email at

Kiara L. Harmon, Secretary

Ms. Kiara joined the Financial Aid Team in March of 2015. She holds a B.A. in History from Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a M.A.Ed. with an emphasis in Higher Education from Lindenwood University. She is ecstatic to join the HSSU family and is committed to providing efficient, accurate, and friendly service to everyone.

Ms. Kiara can be contacted at (314) 340-3500 or via email at


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