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Financial Planning


We know that planning for paying for college can be intimidating, and we're here to answer all your questions, whether about finding scholarships, using your 529 plan, or setting up a payment plan. Please don't hesitate to contact us! If you have questions on paying your bills or setting up a payment plan, we may also connect you with our Student Accounts Office.

Brian Quisenberry, Director of Financial Planning Brian Quisenberry, Director of Financial Planning

Captain Brian L. Quisenberry graduated from the Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor of science in biology in 1981 and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy that year. He came to Birmingham-Southern in 2012 after serving 25 years at VMI as Associate Director of Admissions and Associate Director of Financial Aid. Before coming to BSC, he served on active duty from 1981-1986, then with the Navy Reserve until 2011. He was mobilized and deployed in 1991 with Amphibious Construction Battalion Two in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and again in 2009-10 in support of the United States Naval Forces Central Command in al Basrah, Iraq.

Jason Buha, Assistant Director of Financial PlanningJason Buha, Assistant Director of Financial Planning

Jason came to BSC as the head men's golf coach, serving in that role from 2009-2013; he joined the Financial Planning staff in 2011 and was promoted to his current position in 2013. Before coming to BSC, he played professional golf on the PGA Tour (in 2000 and 2003) and the Web.com tour (in 2001-2002 and 2004-2006). He graduated from Duke University in 1997 with a degree in economics. "I enjoy the opportunity to assist students and parents with planning for their higher education goals every day," he says.


Melissa BurgettMelissa Burgett, Assistant Director of Financial Planning

Melissa graduated from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelors' of Science in Computer Science (1997) and an MBA with an emphasis in Information Systems (2005).  She served as the Coordinator of Financial Aid at UNA for over four years and as the Manager of Loan Processing & Business Process Analysis at The University of Alabama for over three years before coming to Birmingham Southern as an Assistant Director of Financial Planning."


Debra Talley

Debra Talley, Financial Planning Coordinator

Debra graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Arts in English (1985) and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership (1999).  She served for over 30 years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in various positions within the Financial Aid Office.  She retired from UAB as the Associate Director of Student Financial Aid in December 2014.  In August 2015, she joined the Birmingham-Southern staff as Coordinator of Financial Planning.  


The staff lives by the Statement of Ethical Principles developed by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Association (NASFAA). Our goal is to help students achieve their educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources. To this end, this Statement provides that the BSC financial aid staff shall:

  • Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary learning.
  • Make every effort to assist students with financial need.
  • Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, state, and federal levels.
  • Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school.
  • Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
  • Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of student records and personal circumstances.
  • Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution's full population of student financial aid applicants.
  • Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
  • Recognize the need for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
  • Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
  • Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest or the perception thereof.
  • Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the goals of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
  • Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
  • Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents he or she serves.
  • Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.