Norm Bedford

Director, Financial Aid & Scholarships
Expertise: Financial Aid Programs, Financial Aid Policy, History of Financial Aid Programs


Norm Bedford has been the director of financial aid and scholarships at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) since 2007. He began his financial aid career in 1989. Prior to joining UNLV, he worked within the financial aid profession for Bowling Green State University, Eastern Illinois University, and Ohio State University.

Long active in state and federal financial aid organizations, Bedford was appointed by the president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate to serve on the Federal Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, an independent committee created by Congress to advise on higher education and student aid policy. Bedford also conducts numerous training sessions on a variety of financial aid topics and has served  twice as a National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators trainer for the federal work-study community service program, consortium agreements, and professional judgment.


  • M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling, Eastern Illinois University
  • B.S., Family Resource Management, Ohio State University

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Norm Bedford In The News

Vegas Inc
October 7, 2019
A 2019 UNLV graduate, Natnael Gebremariam knows the stresses of figuring out how to pay for college.
Las Vegas Review Journal
April 23, 2018
Nevada usually finds itself at the bottom of national education rankings.

Articles Featuring Norm Bedford

red notebook with white arched UNLV logo
Campus NewsSeptember 9, 2019
Beginning next fall, program will provide grants to help offset costs of tuition, fees and books to students who qualify.
Campus NewsJanuary 17, 2014
UNLV financial aid counselor Jaime Carbajal Jr. shares tips on applying for federal aid, winning scholarships, and avoiding scams.
Campus NewsNovember 21, 2013
This fall’s freshman class is the biggest, smartest class to date. Here’s how new strategies kept Nevada’s brightest in state and opened the eyes of first-gen college students to the opportunity at their doorstep.