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Jayson Matlock - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Jayson Matlock Jayson Matlock

Assistant Director of Financial Aid | Southern Utah University


Specializing in scholarships and financial aid, financial wellness and literacy, and college student support


Jayson Matlock is the assistant director of financial aid at Southern Utah University. Matlock's motivation, both personally and professionally, stems from a desire to establish a legacy for his family and to pave the way for others while breaking down generational wealth barriers.

As an alumnus of Southern Utah University, Matlock began his career in financial aid as a work-study student. He has since served as a financial aid counselor, financial aid and wellness coordinator, and assistant director of financial aid.

Matlock earned a bachelor's degree in physical education and human development and a master's degree in public administration from Southern Utah University.






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Industry Expertise (2)

Financial Services


Areas of Expertise (10)


Financial Aid Administration

Recruiting in Higher Education

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Higher Education Leadership

Financial Wellness for College Students

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Higher Education

Higher Education Student Affairs

Financial Aid Counseling

Financial Literacy

Education (2)

Southern Utah University: Master's Degree, Public Administration 2016

Southern Utah University: Bachelor of Science, Physical Education and Human Performance

Accomplishments (5)

Commitment to Excellence Award (professional)


RMASFAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair (professional)


RMASFAA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Co-chair (professional)


NASFAA Diversity Leadership Program (professional)


RMASFAA Diversity Scholarship, Summer Institute (professional)


Affiliations (6)

  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator
  • Utah Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (UASFAA)
  • President's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, Southern Utah University
  • Staff Association, Southern Utah University
  • Black Student Union, Southern Utah University

Media Appearances (5)

Earlier Is Better When It Comes To Applying For Financial Aid

Forbes  online


"Beginning the process early allows students to identify any gaps in their knowledge that prevents them from completing the application, and enables them to seek guidance from a professional to receive their aid in time."

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How Can You Pay for Graduate School Without Going Into Debt?

Yahoo Life  online


Depending on the employer benefits, employees and their family members may be eligible for tuition reimbursement or discounts which go toward grad school costs. Remember to check the conditions in your company handbook if you plan to use your employer’s reimbursement program. Jayson Matlock, assistant director of financial aid at Southern Utah University, said employees may even find some employers offer partnerships with universities that streamline your grad school experience at lower or no cost. Reach out to your employer and see which opportunities may be available to you.

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How To Secure Last-Minute Financial Aid For College

Forbes  online


Jayson Matlock says that you should always strive to apply for scholarships in particular before their closing date. However, you should also follow up with your school's financial aid office during the first few weeks before and after school starts to see if any funding is unclaimed. "If students are offered funding and they no longer plan to attend your university, this may be an opportune time for you to secure scholarships that are now available," he says.

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From County Commissioner to Students, Community Weighs in on Selection of New SUU President

St. George News  online


“In this new president, I would like for them to have a great understanding and ability to recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion is such a key component of our culture,” Jayson Matlock, assistant director of financial aid, said. “We’re growing not only in the types of programs and initiatives that we’re offering but also in our mindset, our vision and our culture.”

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Jayson Matlock Selected to Join Diversity Leadership Program

SUU News  online


Jayson Matlock has been selected to represent the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators in a year-long Diversity Leadership Program. Each year, a group of six financial aid professionals in the United States are selected for this program. Applications are peer-reviewed through the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA).

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