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I came to College Coach with close to 10 years of experience in college financial aid offices. I began my career at Boston University, where I counseled students and their parents on the financial aid process and reviewed undergraduate financial aid applications. At Tufts University, where I served as assistant director of financial aid, I developed expertise in the field of health professions financial aid. I was responsible for financial aid application review, grant awarding and loan processing, and college financing and debt management counseling for both pre- and post-doctoral dental students. I have also served as an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Early Awareness and Outreach Committee, coordinating early college awareness activities for middle school students; as a trainer for the Department of Education’s National Training for Counselors and Mentors, educating high school guidance counselors on the financial aid process; and as a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, aiding students and parents with the completion of online financial aid applications.
Finance expert Shannon Vasconcelos explains the difference between need-blind and need-aware admissions, and how these processes may impact admission decisions.
Our college finance experts have compiled a list of colleges in the U.S. that offer the most financial aid. Check it out!
The FAFSA allows you to choose 10 schools to receive your form, but what if you’re applying to more than 10? Watch this video for advice!
Watch this brief video to learn whose information you need to include on the FAFSA if your parents are divorced, separated, never married or share custody.