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Welcome to Gonzaga's Financial Aid Office!  We are dedicated to helping students and families in the pursuit of their educational goals by providing excellent service in a professional, individualized manner. We believe money should never come between a qualified student and a Gonzaga education. Honoring this philosophy, we do everything in our power to help you pay for your education. We have an experienced, well-staffed office eager to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Do you have questions? Our counselors are available here to help.

Contact Us

Direct: (509) 313-6582
Text: (509) 553-0975
Toll Free: (800) 793-1716
Fax: (509) 313-5816

Financial aid staff and counselors are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Our Office is located in the Crosby Center, Suite 001.

Our Staff

Helen Van Blaricom Office Coordinator 

Helen Van Blaricom
General Information
Phone (509) 313-6582

  • Assists students and families with general questions and concerns.
  • Processes financial aid documentation and requirements.
Sarah Everitt Director of Financial Aid 

Sarah Everitt, FAAC®
Dean of Student Financial Services
Phone (509) 313-6555

 Certified Financial Aid Administrator Badge

Kelly Wentz
Director of Financial Aid
Phone (509) 313-5340

  • Oversees and manages the Student Employment Office.
  • On-campus part time employment.
  • Student employment counseling.
  • New supervisor training.
  • I-9 processing.
  • Assists with consortium agreement processing.

Louisa Diana, FAAC®
Associate Director
Phone (509) 313-6804

Certified Financial Aid Administrator Badge


Sharon Griffith
Assistant Director
Phone (509) 313-6581


Emily Wirth
Assistant Director
Phone (509) 313-6583

  • Manages and oversees endowed scholarship funds.
  • Manages and oversees departmental scholarship awarding.
  • Manages and oversees the Ministry Institute and Bishop White Scholarships.
  • Manages the Center for Global Engagement scholarships.

Theresa Foster
Technical Analyst / Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-6522


Sara Updike
Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-4236

  • Oversees the Act Six Scholarship Program.
  • Oversees financial aid verification requirements and documentation.
Nevanna Pool Financial Aid Counselor 

Nevanna Pool
Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-6340

  • Two NASFAA Professional Credentials earned
  • Oversees outside scholarships.
  • Assists with Gates Millennium, Ford Family Scholarship, Daniels Fund and College Success Foundation.
  • Processes financial needs analysis forms.
  • Processes Resident Advisor Waivers.
  • Processes Special Condition Financial Aid Appeals.
Maggie Pacini Financial Aid Counselor 

Maggie Pacini
Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-6339

Lily Alsept Financial Aid Counselor 

Lily Alsept
Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-5822

  • Processes Federal Direct Loan origination and certification.
  • Processes Private Loan origination and certification.
  • Processes Institutional Loan requirements and notifications.
  • Provides entrance and exit loan interviews.

Lyndsey Gum
Financial Aid Counselor
Phone (509) 313-6871

  • Student Financial Services liaison.
  • Assists with Federal Direct PLUS Loan processing.