Financial Aid Staff Directory

Mario Villa

Director of Student Recruitment and Financial Aid

Mario Villa is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. He is a current doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy at UT Austin.  Before joining Texas Law in 2013, Mr. Villa advanced undergraduate recruitment efforts as the Director of the UT Austin-East Texas Admissions Center in Longview, Texas.  Outside of Texas Law, Mr. Villa is very active with his CrossFit/Olympic lifting community, the UT Austin Hispanic Faculty Staff Association, the UT Austin Pride and Equity Faculty Staff Association, and the Texas Exes. He volunteers as a member of Phi Delta Theta as a regional officer.

Shirley Cannon

Financial Aid Counselor

Shirley Cannon graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in Business Administration.  After graduating from college, she worked for Warren-Lawrence Advertising Agency (House of Jeans) as Media Buyer.  Before coming to Texas Law, Shirley worked for the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation (TG) in their Loan Guarantee Operations Department. At TG, she was responsible for the guarantee and tracking of student loans.  For the last 20 years, Shirley has worked in the Law School Financial Aid Office helping countless students with scholarships, loans, and understanding university accounting processes.