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Turnquist Featured in State of Michigan Publication

December 15, 2009

HANCOCK, MI - Finlandia University's director of financial aid, Sandra Turnquist, is the featured financial aid professional in the December 2009 issue of Educational Loan Notes, a publication of the Michigan Guaranty Agency (MGA).

Turnquist, who completed an associate degree in business at Suomi College (now Finlandia University) in 1994, was introduced to the financial aid industry as a work-study student in the university's Admissions and Financial Aid offices.

Upon her graduation, she was offered a full-time position in Finlandia's Student Accounts Department and for the next several years worked a variety of positions within the university's Business Office. In 2003 Turnquist was promoted to the position of Director of Financial Aid.

In the Educational Loan Notes article, Turnquist stated that she is proud of the individualized attention students receive at Finlandia University in general, and in the Financial Aid Office in particular.

"We find funding for our students even once classes have started," Turnquist said. "The joy of being a small university is that we are able to take those extra special steps for our students at Finlandia University."

"This is well-deserved recognition for Sandy," said Nick Stevens, Finlandia's chief financial officer and Turnquist's supervisor. "Sandy has always put students and their needs first, which is exactly what Finlandia prides itself on."

The MGA, an agency of the state of Michigan, administers three loan programs in the Federal Family Education Loan Program. Its mission is to make low-interest, long-term educational loans available to students attending participating postsecondary institutions, and their parents.

Contact Turnquist and the Finlandia University Financial Aid office at 906-487-7240 or