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The Office of Financial Assistance: Staff

Ashley Byington, Secretary
Ashley has worked at Harris-Stowe since 2005 and in the Office of Financial Assistance since 2006. As the first face that students see upon entering the Office of Financial Assistance at HSSU, she is committed to providing students with the best customer service experience possible. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with the class of 2013 here at Harris-Stowe State University, receiving her BS in Business Administration. Contact her at (314) 340-3500 or via email at

Sharon R. Collins, Senior Financial Aid Counselor
Sharon joined the Office of Financial Assistance in November 2004. She obtained a BA in Business Management from National Louis University and an MA in Leadership and Management from Webster University. She has more than 10 years of experience in assisting and awarding students federal and state aid as well as internal and external scholarships. Contact her at (314) 340-3504 or by email at

Neidra Butler, Financial Assistance Counselor
Neidra joined the Office of Financial Assistance in November 2011. She holds a BS in Accounting from Harris-Stowe State University and a MBA from Webster University. She oversees the federal work-study and college employment programs. Neidra is also the campus scholarship officer. Ms. Butler can be contacted at (314) 340-3510 or via email at

Tiffany C. Alexander, Financial Assistance Counselor

Tiffany joined the Office of Financial Assistance in the fall of 2013. She holds a BA in Secondary Education with a concentration in English from Saint Louis University. She is currently pursuing an M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Tiffany enjoys working with students and is committed to assisting students with understanding every aspect of their financial aid. Ms. Alexander can be contacted at (314) 340-3507 or via email at

Benjale Bailey Jr., Default Prevention Counselor
Benjale joined the Office of Financial Assistance in July of 2014. He holds a BA in International Affairs from Bethune-Cookman University and he is currently pursuing a MS in Higher Education: Leadership for Student Success at Walden University. His commitment to assist students with managing their student loan debt to ensure financially fit future was ignited throughout his experience in financial aid. Contact him at (314) 340-3578 or via email at


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