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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

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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Can You Withdraw from a 401K for Education?

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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

The Worst Financial Aid Mistake (And How to Fix It!) | College Coach Blog

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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

10 Reasons for a Financial Aid Appeal

All Blogs from Shannon

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HOW TO PAY FOR COLLEGE

Can You Withdraw from a 401K for Education?

Can (and should) you make a 401k withdrawal for education? College financial aid consultant Shannon Vasconcelos answers.

Posted on January 10th, 2023
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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

The Worst Financial Aid Mistake (And How to Fix It!) | College Coach Blog

Have you made this major financial aid mistake? Finance expert Shannon Vasconcelos explains how to fix it.

Posted on December 28th, 2022
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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

10 Reasons for a Financial Aid Appeal

Should you appeal your child’s financial aid offer? College financial aid consultant Shannon Vasconcelos explains the reasons you may want to appeal.

Posted on December 27th, 2022
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APPLYING FOR FINANCIAL AID

Will Applying for Financial Aid Hurt My Admission Chances?

Finance expert Shannon Vasconcelos explains the difference between need-blind and need-aware admissions, and how these processes may impact admission decisions.

Posted on December 22nd, 2022

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