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Jessica Black

College Finance Consultant She/Her/Hers
Jessica Black Bright Horizons College Coach
College Finance Consultant
Former Assistant Director of Financial Aid Lewis & Clark College
Former Financial Aid Office Assistant University of Oregon

My Background

My career in higher education administration began at a public state college when I was a work-study student at the financial aid office while pursuing my undergraduate degree. After getting my B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Business Administration, I worked for state government employment services. However, my true calling led me back to my roots in financial aid. As the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon, I fostered educational access by overseeing a wide variety of daily operations. These included processing aid applications, establishing cross-departmental partnerships, matching scholars to endowment funding, and meticulously managing multiple funding streams for a diverse student population. Coming from a disadvantaged background as a Vietnamese immigrant and first-generation college graduate, my passion for improving student access to postsecondary educational funding runs deep.
Excellent resource for us as a family and reduced the anxiety and complexity in a stressful and overwhelming application process.
Parent of a UCLA student

Why I Joined College Coach

My reward is in helping students and their parents feel informed, prepared, secure, and confident in the decision they make while navigating the college financing process. Instead of focusing only on one institution at a time as an aid administrator, working at College Coach affords me the opportunity to learn about admissions and financial aid methodologies across thousands of institutions in the nation. Being able to demystify the complexities of college funding components on a wider scale has been the most rewarding aspect of my role as a College Coach finance consultant within this talented network of educators.

Get to Know Me

Bright Horizons College Coach finance team members

My Education

University of Oregon Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Jessica Black College Coach

Some of my favorite pastimes

Puzzles! Crossword puzzles, word puzzles, riddles, and jigsaw puzzles. Singing, gardening, and taking every opportunity I can get to hang out with my husband and daughter. I would be amiss to not add traveling to the list. I love being in airports and immersing myself in different cultures around the world.


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