Michelle Clifton

College Finance Consultant

Finance Experience:
Former Senior Financial Aid Officer – Babson College
Former Student Loan Officer – Rhode Island School of Design

Northeastern University – Bachelor’s in Management

I began my career in higher education at Rhode Island School of Design, working with student accounts and student loans.  At Babson College, I worked in a variety of roles in Student Financial Services, which allowed me to experience all aspects of the department including financial aid, student loans, and student accounts.  As the associate director of financial aid, I provided financial aid counseling for undergraduate and graduate students, reviewed and awarded applications, processed appeals, and oversaw all loan processes.  I have also been an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators for almost a decade, serving on various committees.  I am a volunteer for FAFSA Day Massachusetts, guiding students and parents to complete the online financial aid applications.

Why I joined College Coach:
My two favorite aspects of working as a financial aid officer included meeting with families and walking them through financial aid options as well as meeting with graduating students to go over their loan debt and repayment options.  At College Coach, I am able to spend the majority of my time helping families directly, much earlier in the process, while providing unbiased advice!  My priority is to reduce stress and provide insight to families throughout the overwhelming process of applying for financial aid, paying for college, and repaying student loans.

Traveling with my husband (most often to Seattle, Austin, Orlando, Chicago, and the White Mountains in NH), spoiling our Shih Tzu, crochet, yoga, football, and going to concerts.