Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz

Student loan expert, publisher of PrivateStudentLoans.guru

Expertise

Student financial aid, scholarships, 529 plans, student loans

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Expertise

Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, the FAFSA, scholarships, 529 plans and student loans. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families so they can make smarter, more informed decisions about planning and paying for college. Mark has testified before Congress about student aid policy on several occasions and is frequently interviewed by news outlets. Mark has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, MarketWatch, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Money Magazine, Forbes, Barron’s, Newsweek and Time Magazine. Mark is the author of five bestselling books about scholarships and financial aid and holds seven patents. His most recent books are “Who Graduates from College? Who Doesn’t?” and “How to Appeal for More College Financial Aid.” Mark serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education. He previously served as publisher of the FinAid, Fastweb, Edvisors, Cappex and Savingforcollege.com web sites. Mark has also worked for Justsystem Pittsburgh Research Center ("Just Research"), the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Bitstream Inc., and the Planning Research Corporation.

If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam. Never invest more than a postage stamp to get information about scholarships or to apply for a scholarship."

Education

Mark has two Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Mark is an alumnus of the Research Science Institute program established by Admiral H.G. Rickover.

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