Nice don’t always finish last

Juan Mejia, (Senior Financial Assistant), is one of the newest members of Student Services who started off in the Financial Aid Office nine months ago. Mejia, perviously worked at Los Angeles Mission College for seven years in their financial aid office.

If you haven’t had a chance to get to know Juan, you might take him for being a very shy guy; however, as he says “ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I talk way too much and I have way too much and I have a great sense of humor”. He truly enjoys making others smile and laugh.

In his role of Senior Financial Aid Assistant, Mejia has the important responsibility of ensuring that the financial aid needs of the students he interacts with are being met. This consists of ensuring our students completing the FASFA application, guiding them through their process and advising them in their financial aid needs. Juan also administers the Cal Grant programon campus, which is a state grant given to California residents who meet certain criteria. He strongly believes that students have the necessary tool to succeed at RHC, they can also become effective members of their community.

Juan is excited to further assist sudents with the application  process as the Financial Aid office implements the recently passed California Dream Act. This will allow students who meet AB 540 criteria to apply for and receive a state funded financial aid such as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGFW).

Outside the office, he is a bit of a thrill seeker. Juan picked up surfing and snow-boarding a couple years ago. He enjoys both of these outdoor activities because they allow him to escape from the hustle and bustle of the workweek.

Juan has a weakness for desserts. He loves “pan dulce, the fruit tart from Porto’s bakery, pumpkin pie, chocolate cake (any kind), and Macaroons from Euro Pane Bakeryin Pasadena” just to name a few.

Jaun enjoys working with others and is looking forward to camaraderie with his RHC extended family.