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I came to College Coach with nearly 30 years of related professional experiences. As a director of financial aid at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I determined student financial aid eligibility, oversaw a number of scholarship and fellowship programs, and worked closely with students to guide them through the financial aid application process and the many steps to enrollment. As an account executive at two national lenders, I worked closely with students and advised them on financial literacy related best practices as well as student loan repayment options and strategies. More recently as a high school guidance counselor, I assisted a diverse group of students with their college admission, financial aid, and scholarship applications. Supporting students and their families through each of those overwhelming processes was very rewarding. I was able to offer valuable assistance to students throughout the entire process, as well as guide them when making their final decisions as to where to attend college and how they would cover the college bill. Currently, I serve as a seminar facilitator for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), assisting families with both the college admissions process as well as the college financing process.
Setting up a consistent allowance amount and timeline can not only empower a child to save money, but to build a foundation of future financial independence.
Today we meet college finance expert Jan Combs, who brings a rich background of experience in the world of financial aid and banking.
Understanding the importance of financial literacy education, many colleges have implemented financial wellness programs to support students’ personal finance education.
Whether you plan to tour colleges in person or virtually, don’t forget to ask questions about financial aid, scholarships, and tuition payment options.