Laura Coponiti Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Laura Coponiti is the Director of Financial Aid at USAO. Coponiti is a 1996 graduate of USAO. She joined the staff in 1992 as the Food Services Secretary. She moved to the Financial Aid Office in 1995. She has been an active member of the USAO Staff Association -- serving on the council and as chair. She also has participated on the USAO Relay for Life team and has received the Staff Achievement Award several times.
Coponiti was honored by the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators with the OASFAA Distinguished Service Award in 2009. Coponiti has served OASFAA as president, treasurer and has chaired several committees. She also has served as president and chaired several committees for her regional association, SWASFAA. Laura has served as a member of the board for the national financial aid association, NASFAA.
In 2004, she received the Philo Bratcher Award and a scholarship to attend the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Conference. She also received a $500 scholarship to give to a USAO student. The Philo Bratcher award is presented by SWASFAA to those people exhibiting outstanding leadership within financial aid.