@kelsmom is the parent of two adult children, so she understands first-hand the challenges of paying for college and the importance of choosing an affordable school. Her older child attended a private school that meets need and her second child attended an in-state public university. Not only did they work hard to put together initial lists with cost in mind … but both of her kids transferred after freshman year, so they did it twice for each.
She has worked in higher education administration for many years, with experience in financial aid, admissions, and Registrar; her soft spot is for financial aid. kelsmom has more than a dozen years of experience working directly in financial aid, including at the Director level. She has worked hard to gain an understanding of what students/families want (and need to know) and she strives to provide information from that point of view.
Her most recent experience was at a small private graduate school, where she was a “working director.” Previously, she worked at a very large urban public university and a relatively small private college. She has worked directly with students and parents as they have navigated the financial aid process, including assisting with FAFSA completion, explaining aid packages, and identifying issues that may be affecting financial aid. She has attended numerous training sessions at the state and federal level, giving her an excellent understanding of federal aid rules and regulations. In addition, she has been in charge of institutional grant and scholarship programs, giving her insight into how schools distribute internal funds.
kelsmom looks forward to answering financial aid questions!
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