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Choosing a College with Grad School in Mind

Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson January 23rd, 2020

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.
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While most students apply to college with an “undeclared” major—keeping their future prospects open—some students are confident that they know exactly what—as the saying goes--they want to be when they grow up.  If these career plans require graduate-level education, such as a medical, law, or business degree, students would be wise to keep their grad school prospects in mind as they choose their undergraduate college.  Check out our own Shannon Vasconcelos’ article on the Edmit blog, where she details the questions you need ask when determining what college will best ease your future path into graduate school. Click here to access “How to Choose an Undergraduate College when Grad School is on the Horizon.” Contact-Us-CTA


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