Texas State Technical College in Fort Bend County recently welcomed Erasmo Chapa, the newest financial aid adviser to the financial aid team. The Rio Grande Valley native started his career with TSTC in 1993 and is happy to finally be back.
“It’s funny how life comes full circle,” said Chapa. “My financial aid career started with TSTC and here I am again, this time preparing for a brand new campus.”
Chapa, is not only a previous employee of TSTC, but also an alumnus. The PSJA Bears graduate enrolled at TSTC and completed a certificate in Information Management Technology in 1992, and an associate degree in 1995, before earning his bachelor’s degree in Business Technology from the University of Texas Pan American in 1999.
Chapa comes to TSTC with extensive experience in financial aid advisement. He first started as a financial aid intern in 1993, before receiving a full-time job offer from TSTC for a financial aid clerk position. Since then, Chapa has also worked as a financial aid technician, and specialist.
In 2008, the TSTC alumnus decided he needed something new in his life. So, he left the Rio Grande Valley and moved to the Houston area.
“I wanted a change. I wanted something different,” said Chapa. “I hit a rough patch though. I couldn’t find permanent jobs. Things got better though when I was informed about TSTC’s new campus in Fort Bend County. I immediately knew where I had to be.”
Fortunately, for Chapa, there was a financial aid adviser position open and he quickly applied.
“Even though I took a break from working in financial aid, I truly never stopped,” said Chapa. “I was always helping family and friends complete their financial aid applications.”
Chapa said he is excited to be part of the TSTC team again and is ready to provide the best service he can to all current and prospective TSTC students. His goal is to make sure that students know they can always count on him to give them the help they deserve.
“I’m here 100 percent for our students,” said Chapa. “My job is to get them ready for class without worrying about their financial aid or how they’re going to pay for college.”
With the new TSTC campus opening in August 2016, Chapa is looking forward to growing with the college and his team.
“It’s only a matter of time before our team grows,” said Chapa. “I look forward to growing with TSTC and seeing all of the positive results this college will bring to the area.”
For help completing the FAFSA or for questions on financial aid, Chapa can be found at Lamar High School in Rosenberg, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon, and at the Go Center mobile unit parked at the TSTC campus from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on TSTC financial aid call 832-223-0609.