Alex Gonzalez

College Finance Consultant

Finance Experience
Former Scholarship Advisor, Scholars Program – Educational Credit Management
Former Admission and Financial Aid Counselor – University of Portland
Former State Training and Development Specialist – Oregon Student Access and Completion
Former Outreach Program Manager – Northwest Education Loan Assoc / USA Funds


Education
University of Oregon –Bachelor’s in Sociology and Ethnic Studies

Background:
I have a passion for helping students and families and have done so through programs in college preparation access, and success. At the NELA Center for Student Success, I worked with Portland metro area schools as an external partner to meet the needs of counselors by hosting College Planning Nights and FAFSA completion workshops. As the training and development specialist at OSAC, I designed an online toolkit to support the state’s college mentoring program in over 45 sites in Oregon. I also bring experience from the university side, where I have held positions in athletics, financial aid, and admissions. At the University of Portland, I was the admissions counselor for diversity and inclusion in addition to my duties as an area counselor for Portland Metro, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Montana. I also developed and implemented a multicultural and community outreach plan for the admissions office. Most recently, I was the scholarship advisor at Educational Credit Management, managing eight program sites and supporting a cohort of more than 400 students. I continue to be a trusted expert in the financial aid community, providing national and regional trainings.

Why I joined College Coach:
I have worked in a variety of roles in higher education over the course of my career. I joined College Coach to continue working directly with families to support their students’ educational journey.

Hobbies:
Soccer, traveling, being with family and friends, enjoying live music, and cooking