Navigating Financial Aid

In October 2014, I co-founded the Innovation Lab for ECMC, a large non-profit involved in helping students finance their continued education in higher-ed. 

During my time at the Lab, I led the design team on the following projects. Click to learn more on ECMC's website. 


College Abacus Redesign

College Abacus is a free online tool that let's families compare individualized financial aid estimates at over 4000+ colleges and institutions across the country. Under my direction, we took College Abacus from a working prototype to a full fledged product. 


Creation of Pell Abacus

A sister product of College Abacus, we created Pell Abacus to specifically serve the needs of low-income students who struggle to access their financial information. The tool is able to give the same estimates as College Abacus without asking financial questions and in a fraction of the time. 


Financial Aid: Reimagined

Through a partnership with Zenith Education Group, I led our team to redesign the conversation  - and in turn, the tone, materials, and training - around financial aid at over 20 campuses owned by the company. These campuses serve predominately low-income women seeking a career.