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Will a Credit Freeze Affect Financial Aid?

Shannon Vasconcelos

Written by Shannon Vasconceloson November 11th, 2017

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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Many people froze their credit in the fallout of the recent Equifax security breach.  Though a wise action to take in order to protect your credit and prevent fraudsters from opening up new credit in your name, implementing a credit freeze could affect the financial aid application process. Check out Shannon Vasconcelos’ recent article on to find out how a credit freeze could obstruct your ability to access the funding you need to pay for college. Click here to learn more about “Credit Freezes and Financial Aid.” Contact-Us-CTA


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