Jan Combs

College Finance Consultant

Finance Experience:
Former Director of Financial Aid - Harvard Graduate School of Education
Former Assistant Director of Financial Aid - Boston University
Former Vice President, Education Finance - Citizens Bank
Former Account Executive - College Board Education Loan Program

Cambridge College –Master’s in Education
Boston University – Bachelor’s in Political Science

I came to College Coach with nearly 30 years of related professional experiences.  As a director of financial aid at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I determined student financial aid eligibility, oversaw a number of scholarship and fellowship programs, and worked closely with students to guide them through the financial aid application process and the many steps to enrollment. As an account executive at two national lenders, I worked closely with students and advised them on financial literacy related best practices as well as student loan repayment options and strategies. More recently as a high school guidance counselor, I assisted a diverse group of students with their college admission, financial aid, and scholarship applications.  Supporting students and their families through each of those overwhelming processes was very rewarding. I was able to offer valuable assistance to students throughout the entire process, as well as guide them when making their final decisions as to where to attend college and how they would cover the college bill. Currently, I serve as a seminar facilitator for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), assisting families with both the college admissions process as well as the college financing process.

Why I joined College Coach:
During my career, I have worked with families and students in many different capacities, including as a financial aid director, education finance account manager, and high school guidance counselor. I most enjoy working personally with families and helping them navigate through the complex college financing process. Since family situations and needs differ greatly, I enjoy taking an individual approach when assisting families and offering support and guidance as they prepare to pay for college.  College Coach allows me to work directly with families and assist them with college planning.

Hiking, Photography, Gardening, Snowshoeing, Beading, and spending time at the beach and traveling with my husband and three children