Saralyn McKinnon-Crowley earned a B.A. with majors in Religious Studies and Linguistics from Indiana University Bloomington. She holds a M.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, and a M.Ed. in College and University Student Personnel Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. While a M.Ed. student at UT, she served as the Graduate Assistant for the 7th and 8th annual Texas Higher Education Symposium. She won the Dr. Sharon H. Justice Student Leadership Award from UTs Program in Higher Education Leadership in 2017. She has previous work experience in residence life and in student conduct, and works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Drs. Huriya Jabbar and Lauren Schudde, and as a Graduate Assistant for the Moody College of Communication. Her research interests include financial aid policy and practice in the United States, community colleges, and gender in the academy. Saralyn defended her dissertation, The Human Element of Financial Aid, in Spring 2021.