Welcome! My name is Lissette Morales.
I’m super excited you’re here because we’re a lot alike, you and me. Whether you’re reasonably well off or you’re just getting by, rest assured we have one thing in common. We’re both trying to figure out how to pay for college without going broke.
As a higher ed insider, I know how overwhelming a long, drawn out college search and application process with lots of moving parts can be. As a mom, I know that more than ever before parents worry about debt. I’m talking about the kind of debt that has the potential to mortgage both you and your teen’s future.
College Reality Check
The truth is, a bachelor’s degree generally eats up a whopping 42% of the average American household income. No wonder more than anything parents fear that their teenager will get into their first-choice school and they won’t be able to afford it. That’s where I come in.
I empower families to become smart college shoppers. Let me show you the right way to apply to, pay for and research colleges. You’ll learn how to avoid some of the most costly college mistakes. You’ll be glad you did!
My Special Sauce: First-Generation Grit
A born and raised blue-collar native New Yorker with nothing more than first-generation grit and less than perfect grades I’ve gotten funded for a bachelor’s degree and two master’s. My undergraduate funding at Cornell University even covered a semester in Spain and an agricultural missions trip to Honduras for class credit!
25 Years of Championing Educational Access
Straight out of college I joined the Teach For America Corps charged with bridging the education gap in low-income communities. After Teach For America, I spent 20 years inside higher ed taking on different roles as a college professor and college administrator.
Experienced in financial aid policies and challenges facing college students, I help students understand what makes for a good academic and financial fit. I also maintain a college presence as a Writing Coach working with Division 1 student athletes.
Discover Your Authentic and Affordable College to Career Path
Let me help you realize your higher ed hopes and dreams with actionable steps that save you time, money and a whole lot of college search drama and disappointment.
Equipped with a master’s degree in College Student Affairs and a wealth of real world higher ed experience, I provide insider tips on college admissions, financial aid and career development.
You’ll gain a whole new perspective on how colleges work and what you need to study to find work you’ll love. Best of all, you’ll learn how colleges and universities can work best for you.
I’m Living Proof That You Can Find Your Fit
“From the great gorges of Cornell University to the gritty grease trucks of Rutgers University, I’m living proof that you can find your fit at both private and public institutions willing to fund you.”
Making College More Affordable
I believe you must bring your authentic self to the table if you want to thrive in today’s financial aid game and enjoy honest savings. That means being honest about how much you are willing to pay to attend college and keeping an open mind about where to find your match. This strategy has worked for me and it will work for you, too!
I deliver education and inspiration with a lot of laughs. That’s because I want to get you on the right college to career path and make sure you enjoy the journey.
5 Whys Behind My Financial Aid Game Plan
These are just a few of the reasons why I’m going to teach you everything I’ve learned over the course of twenty years wearing different hats inside higher education:
1. We are both trying to figure out how to pay for college without going broke.
According to experts, by the time my son starts college in 2023-the average cost of a private college will be nearly $70,000 for one year and the average cost of a public college will be nearly $39,000. The fact is that there are already a number of private colleges that cost $70,000 a year to attend. This suggests that the cost of college in 2023 may be much higher than what is projected. At these prices, my son’s education could end up costing more than our home. If money is an issue, and it usually is for those of us with kids, then sooner or later we’ll both be searching for the best college at the best price. I want to share lessons learned from my family to yours about how to make college more affordable.
2. I don’t believe you should have to mortgage your future to get an education.
Student loans are supposed to help you move forward with your adult life; instead they are often the reason students must put their adult lives on hold indefinitely. “In a survey of recent graduates with school debt, 47% say they are putting off buying a house or a car, 76% are putting off saving for the future, and 35% are putting off starting a family.” As Dave Ramsey, author of Smart Money, Smart Kids, laments, “They are finally ready to graduate, but all the financial mistakes of the past four years have snuck up on them and robbed them of the joy of getting out of school and starting their lives as working adults.” I want you to keep your joy.
3. I want you to enjoy the journey from day one.
As a transfer student, I know just how frustrating it can be to start college in a school that just isn’t a good fit for you. The fact is about 1/3 of college students will transfer to another college within 6 years, and nearly 4/10 will do so without transferring any credits to their new institution. That’s a whole lot of time and money down the drain. I want to save you time and money.
4. I want to help you become a smart college shopper.
Nowadays the problem isn’t so much getting into college, it’s figuring out how to pay for it. That’s because far too many students and parents lose sight of the fact that a college education is a major purchase, just like a car or a house. Whether you're well off or you're just getting by, it pays to shop around for college! Click To TweetI want to help you stay grounded in reality and moving forward strategically with your college search.
5. I am passionate about helping you get to and through college and career.
Through my blog you’ll learn how to cut the cost of college by focusing on what makes a school a good academic and financial fit. I’ll even help you figure out how to make the most of your college years once you are there and how to choose a career path that suits you.
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