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The Office of Financial Assistance: Staff

James E. Green, Director of Financial Assistance
Mr. Green joined the Office of Financial Assistance in the fall of 2014. He holds both a BA and MA in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Missouri. Mr. Green 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

Ashley N. Byington, Secretary
Ashley has worked at Harris-Stowe since 2005 and transitioned to the Office of Financial Assistance in 2006. As the first face that students see upon entering the office, she is committed to providing the best customer service experience possible. Ashley, received her BS in Business Administration from HSSU in 2013. 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 C. 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

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 with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success at Walden University. His commitment to assist students with managing their student loan debt was ignited throughout his experience in financial aid. Contact him at (314) 340-3578 or via email at


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