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Jan Combs

College Finance Consultant She/Her/Hers
Jan Combs
College Finance Consultant
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

My Background

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.
These services are worth every penny and every second of what you invest in them.
Parent of a University of Iowa student

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.

Get to Know Me

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My Education

Cambridge College Master's in Education
Boston University Bachelor's in Political Science
Jan Combs

Some of my favorite pastimes

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


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