Kathy Ruby

College Finance Consultant

Finance Experience:
Former Senior Financial Aid Officer at St. Olaf College
Former Senior Financial Aid Officer at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Carleton College – Bachelor’s in Economics
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania – Master’s in Public Administration

I have worked as a financial aid professional for over twenty-seven years. I came to College Coach after fourteen years at St. Olaf College — ten years as director of financial aid and four years as assistant vice president of enrollment and dean of student financial aid. As a senior administrator in the enrollment division at a private, selective four-year college, my responsibilities ranged from developing strategic institutional financial aid awarding policies to running day-to-day operations and leading (and participating in) the application and appeal review and awarding processes. Prior to my time at St. Olaf I worked in the financial aid offices at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Eastern Virginia Medical School. While there was never a dull moment in my career as an aid administrator, my favorite areas to explore were debt management counseling and financial literacy programs. I was also (and continue to be) a frequent presenter at high school financial aid nights.

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Why I joined College Coach:
An investment in a child’s education is one of the most important investments a family will ever make; and financing a college education is a complex and nuanced process. Helping families figure out those complexities has always been my favorite part of working in the financial aid profession. As a counselor, I love the “Aha!” moment, when the parent or student absorbs what I’ve been explaining and realizes that higher education will be accessible and affordable. At College Coach, I am excited to be able to provide that moment for many more families much earlier in the college search process, hopefully eliminating months of angst and worry. There are so many myths, untruths, and rumors out there about how to pay (or not pay) for college; I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that encourages me to share accurate, thorough, and unbiased information with families who need it.

Playing the oboe, baking, reading (British mystery novels are my favorite!), hiking, snowshoeing, and spending time with my husband and college-age children