Counselor Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid


November 6, 2018

3:30PM – 4:30PM  EDT

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Affordability is key for many students and families when choosing colleges. Learn specific ways to help them approach the issue, including how to interpret, share, and translate information from tools like financial aid award letters, the College Scorecard, and net price calculators, and how to help them navigate the financial aid application process, even if they are selected for verification. Hear more about the recent implementation of early FAFSA/prior-prior year and related opportunities and considerations.


Diane Cheng applies her expertise in higher education data and analysis Image of Diane Cheng to  explore a range of federal, state, and college-level policy issues from the student perspective. She is a national expert on net price calculators and also focuses her analyses on financial aid communications, need-based grant aid, and student borrowing. Diane graduated from Stanford University with a master’s of arts and bachelor’s of arts in sociology, specializing in social stratification and inequality. At Stanford, Diane worked as a research assistant and head peer advisor in the Sociology Department. Diane also worked as a public interest law fellow at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, conducting research on the educational experience of African-American school-aged youth in San Francisco.

Holly Morrow is the senior vice president of Knowledge. Over her 13+ Image of Holly Morrow years  at uAspire, Holly has managed the quality and delivery of our direct service programming, first in Boston, then across Massachusetts, and most recently the delivery of our training and technical assistance offerings to our external partners. Throughout her time at uAspire, and in addition to her program leadership responsibilities, Holly has served as a frontline advisor, navigating the financial aid process with students and families and using this experience to directly inform her broader work. In her current role, Holly manages the creation of uAspire’s broad suite of college affordability training content, tools, and expertise. Holly earned her master’s in school counseling from Northeastern University and her bachelor’s in human development from Binghamton University.