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Web FINANCIER™ documentation


Users of the NATURAL version of FINANCIER™ are provided access to this documentation for the sole purpose of product evaluation. This documentation contains proprietary and confidential information, including trade secrets, know-how and other confidential information, that is the exclusive property of WolffPack and subject to the confidentiality obligations set forth in the user’s license agreement with WolffPack. You must maintain the confidentiality of this information and not assign, sell, license, publish, display, distribute, disclose or otherwise make available this information to any third party.

The web-based FINANCIER™ documentation package combines hypertext-linked online topics and printed manuals to provide a complete reference and training set.

  • The FINANCIER™ HELP Library is the primary source of information about the system. This online reference library contains multiple “books,” organized by menu and fully indexed, describing the financial aid and system setup/maintenance functions. Information is accessible directly from FINANCIER, by button and context-based links.

    For the convenience of clients who wish to print this information, WolffPack has organized the Help topics into a User Guide in PDF format.

  • Page Help and Field Help document the purpose and use of each functional web page in FINANCIER. Page Help links to the HELP Library for more detailed how-to instructions.
  • The FINANCIER™ Technical Guide describes the system architecture, with programmer guidelines for adding institutional web pages. The manual consists of a set of topics from the HELP Library, organized for printing.
  • The Web-Based FINANCIER™ Installation Guide, which is delivered with the software, as a PDF file on the install CD, directs you through the process of installing the software.
  • The Getting Started with FINANCIER™ handbook provides materials to support new users through training and implementation: functional overviews, worksheets, training outlines and images of the FINANCIER web pages.
    Please Note:These documents contain prerelease information. The set has not yet undergone a complete edit or content review, and is subject to frequent revision. Some topics are still under development.


Who we are

WolffPack is a privately held corporation committed to serving the administrative needs of the financial aid community through software development, regulatory updates, and technical and functional consulting. Our sole focus is software and services for higher education. We believe that innovative system development, early regulatory updates and strong customer relationships are all integral to our mutual success.

With a wealth of functional and technical expertise acquired over many years of experience in designing, developing and implementing financial aid systems, WolffPack personnel are a well-rounded team. Our active participation in professional organizations and close ties with agencies serving the financial aid community help us to monitor regulations and anticipate trends in financial aid.


FINANCIER™: A better experience

Our signature system, FINANCIER, offers superior financial aid management functionality, seamless integration with other student applications, and up-to-the-minute information for students, staff, and upper management. With FINANCIER’s easy navigation, web pages that mirror input and output documents, online printing and data extract functions, counselors and administrative staff respond efficiently and confidently to all requests, while keeping control of financial aid data where it belongs–in the aid office.

And FINANCIER’s technical design, which employs industry-leading technologies and readily available open-source programming languages, provides maximum flexibility for operations and maintenance.

FINANCIER: from ISIR to FISAP, it’s a better experience for all your users.


Regulations compliance guaranteed

With unparalleled experience in designing and implementing regulatory updates, WolffPack provides Regulations Services for certain third-party financial aid systems. Timely, accurate code and dependable support from WolffPack not only ensures compliance, but frees your technical staff and extends the life of your legacy system.

Our work is guaranteed. Period. And we are available when you need us – even if it’s after 5 or on the weekend.


More than just numbers

At WolffPack we know that administering financial aid is about more than numbers.

  1. It’s about insuring that deserving students
    get the gift of higher education.
    1. It’s about giving the financial aid staff the technology
      to efficiently process and manage complex federal aid programs
      with fewer worries about audit compliance and exceptions.
      1. It’s about providing students and their parents with accurate, easy
        information for college financing — information that will help them
        make informed decisions and early commitment to attend your institution.
    2. It’s about allowing administrators to focus on the business of higher education,
      to improve retention and graduation rates, insure fiscal responsibility and reduce default rates.
  2. It’s about faith in your mission and confidence in your resources. We share your commitment and we’re ready to help.

Superior functionality, web technology

FINANCIER™, WolffPack’s comprehensive financial aid system, combines superior functionality with the convenience and efficiency of web technology.

The popular browsers used to access FINANCIER™ make it easy to navigate, with little or no learning curve, using software that’s already on your desktop. So administrators, students and technical staff alike can get right to the information they need, faster and easier than ever. Powerful security options let you make the right amount of information available to all of your users.

To schedule a demo and learn about putting FINANCIER™ to work for you, contact us at or 1-888-WOLFFPACK.


Fast, dependable application processing

With FINANCIER™, loading ISIRs and PROFILE data is truly simple — in just two steps you have all the pertinent biographic/demographic, academic and financial data ready at hand. For each application it loads, FINANCIER calculates the student’s budget, performs a need analysis, evaluates the financial aid application status and retrieves current information from your student systems. Both load steps are online volume processes, initiated from a web page, that can be managed and run as easily from within the financial aid office as from an IT operations center.

FINANCIER’s convenient web pages assist you in monitoring the applications — verifying students, reviewing federal corrections, tracking requirements — with complementary volume processes automating the mass operations.

All processing is tailored specifically to your needs, with user-defined criteria to select students for volume processes, calculate budgets and assign application requirements.


Timely student communication

FINANCIER™provides the data for requirements notifications and award letters, and allows for delivery by letter, email or portal.

Portal design can include the ability to apply for institutional aid, to accept or decline awards online and to communicate with aid counselors.

As communications options expand, WolffPack is committed to helping you take advantage of whatever means serve you best.


Packaging tailored to your policies

WolffPack delivers the packaging calculations for standard federal grant and loan programs and implements packaging parameters that express your policies and procedures: student eligibility criteria for all funds, award amount calculations for institutional and campus-based aid, disbursement schedules and award distribution rules.

Packaging with FINANCIER™ then becomes an easy two-step volume or online process. FINANCIER calculates the awards, and then (subject to your approval) posts them. You can add or update individual awards online, and import state aid information in volume.

FINANCIER’s disbursement scheduling allows for multiple term structures and disbursement points to support all your academic programs.


Efficient, cost-effective platform

FINANCIER™ employs industry-leading technologies such as Oracle database tools — you can run any SQL-compliant reporting or query tool against its Oracle relational database. FINANCIER also takes advantage of readily available, open-source programming languages to give institutions maximum flexibility in their technical operations. The system’s business logic, for example, is written primarily in PHP, an open-source, cross-platform, server-side scripting language that allows for robust, secure, multi-threaded software application development.

Other advantages of FINANCIER™’s ultra-thin client design include:

  • Easy system access for staff at remote locations
  • Faster response time and reduced network traffic through the use of client-side JavaScript
  • Flexibility of background volume processing, with less dependence on technical staff
  • Reduced technical maintenance, with business rules loaded only to the application server
  • Ability to modify system web pages with the editing tool of your choice
  • Savings in training time and expense, as you leverage your existing word processing and spreadsheet software
  • Lower equipment costs