Shannon Vasconcelos

College Finance Consultant

Finance Experience
Former Senior Financial Aid Officer – Boston University and Tufts University

Education
University of Massachusetts – Bachelor’s in Economics
Tufts University – Master’s in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning


Why I joined College Coach:
Paying for college can be scary, particularly when a family feels unprepared. For many families, their first conversation about college finance happens with a financial aid officer mere months before that first semester’s payment is due. I joined College Coach so that I could bring the knowledge of a financial aid office insider to families early on in the process—long before those college applications are due. My goal is to help them feel equipped to save for college, maximize aid opportunities, and repay student loans in the most effective manner. As a College Coach finance expert, I love educating families about the college finance process while removing the intimidation factor and helping students attain a high value education at an affordable price.

Get to know me:

 

Background:
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.

Hobbies:
yoga, Pilates, dance, hiking, football, reading, beading, photography

Popular blog posts and press:
3 Keys to Federal Student Loan Forgiveness
Can You Use College Yield Rates to Increase Financial Aid?
Education Tax Breaks Go Unclaimed

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