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Shannon Vasconcelos

College Finance Consultant
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University of Massachusetts

Bachelor's in Economics

Tufts University

Master's in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

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.

Featured Blogs from Shannon

Breaking News Student Loan Interest Rates Rise
COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

Breaking News: Student Loan Interest Rates Rise!

breaking news: student loan pause extended
COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

Breaking News: Student Loan Pause Extended!

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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

How to Read a Financial Aid Award

All Blogs from Shannon

Breaking News Student Loan Interest Rates Rise
COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

Breaking News: Student Loan Interest Rates Rise!

For students and parents borrowing loans between July 2022 and June 2023, we now know what the federal student loan interest rates will be.

Posted on May 11th, 2022
breaking news: student loan pause extended
COLLEGE LOAN ADVICE

Breaking News: Student Loan Pause Extended!

Good news for student loan borrowers! The federal student loan forbearance has been extended for the sixth time until August 31.

Posted on April 6th, 2022
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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

How to Read a Financial Aid Award

Financial aid award letters can be confounding, but this video will help you make sense of these vital documents.

Posted on March 21st, 2022
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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Are Standardized Tests Required for Merit Scholarships?

While many colleges have come up with new ways to decide who gets merit scholarships in the test-optional context, others prefer that applicants submit standardized testing.

Posted on March 10th, 2022

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