Founder & President Jodi Okun is the founder of College Financial Aid Advisors. She has successfully helped thousands of families navigate the financial aid process. Her expertise parallels her passion and has made her a top influencer in the financial aid industry. Jodi's background includes over ten years in the financial aid industry. She has first-hand experience working in financial aid offices at colleges such as Occidental and Pitzer. Jodi is the brand ambassador for Discover Student Loans. Together, they believe in the value of a college education and empowering families with the financial resources they need. Jodi is the About.com Money Expert and was recently featured as one of the Top 30 Social Influencers in Personal Finance & Wealth. She is a social media strategist, speaker, consultant and small business advocate.
Alexandra Teixeira is the Associate Director of College Financial Aid Advisors where she bring experience and a proven track record of success in the financial aid industry and digital communication. Alexandra graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. where she received a B.S. in communications and a minor in sociology. She was active in her sorority, Alpha Phi, and held two leadership positions including Vice President and New Member Educator. Alex enjoyed working in the admissions office at Boston University, serving as an Admissions Ambassador and President’s Host. Alexandra is a millennial who graduated with student loan debt. She helps counsel current undergraduates understand what is means to borrow and helps graduates manage their repayment.
What needs to be done and when will it be done? Together, we will meet financial aid deadlines.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the gateway application to financial aid.
Identify colleges requiring the College Scholarship Service Profile application.
Many schools have their own financial aid forms that need to be completed to be eligible for financial aid.
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Operation Jump Start (OJS) is community-based youth development organization with a mission to provide structure and resources for disadvantage youth to reach their full potential through a college education. To that end OJS provides five years of mentoring and educational programming to each at-risk student served. Educational workshops such as presentations on College Financial Aid presented by Jodi Okun has equipped our first generation college-aspiring students with the resources and skills to successfully steward themselves through the process.
College Financial Aid Advisors is what every busy (and even if you are not that busy) parent needs to smoothly navigate the financial aid sea of paperwork and deadlines- most especially if your child applies to several universities!!! Jodi made the process easy, and stress free. She was there every step of the way.
Jodi was a real lifesaver for us; she helped us through the intricate process of financial aid. We are happy to be sending off our second child to a wonderful private college. This would not have been possible without Jodi’s expertise!
When you find out how difficult just choosing a college for your child is, wait until you take on the challenging financial aid process!! Jodi has the experience and knowledge to navigate this financial maze. She kept us on task, completed forms and made phone calls until our daughters UCLA financial package was finalized and confirmed. Gene and I would definitely hire her again.
Jodi guided me and my parents through the many hurdles of the financial aid process. Not only did she answer any questions that we had, but she made the whole process seem so easy. We are grateful for her assistance.
Jodi is an extraordinarily hardworking individual of warm character. It has been both my pleasure, and good fortune to have worked with such an individual as Jodi through numerous obstacles and moments of crises that were not only overcome, but made infinitely more manageable thanks to her expertise and willingness to take extra steps in order to ensure that the job got done properly.
Finding Jodi was a godsend. She made the FAFSA process so much easier, and she gave me such peace of mind. Having her available to answer all my questions and walk me through the process was so reassuring. I highly recommend Jodi to anyone applying for financial aid!
Jodi unraveled the financial mystery attributed to colleges. She completes the FAFSA, CSS Profile, IDOC Documents and later guides you when you receive financial aid award letters, in an INCREDIBLY organized and timely manner. This is aside from her friendly, helpful and bubbly personality and her over qualified breadth of knowledge. My parents and I have recognized that there is absolutely no way we could have done it on our own; we are still truly awed at how she exceeds every expectation. We have recommended her to EVERY person we know and strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity
My wife and I did extensive internet research on the financial aid process and tried to leave no stone unturned. Jodi unearthed some stones that we missed, and was a wealth of information. She was an invaluable guide to us through the myriad of applications and in securing a great work study job for our son.
We would recommend working with Jodi in a heartbeat! We could not have been as successful without Jodi’s expertise and wealth of knowledge. Jodi assisted us with the completion & filing of various financial aid forms and helped us to understand the details of how the college financial aid maze works. With Jodi’s assistance we were able to maximize the amount of scholarship, grant and financial aid awarded to our daughter, making attending her dream school a reality!
We want to thank you for your support, professional advice and guidance in our financial aid search. Your help, dedication and patience helped us to navigate this complicated process. With your help our daughter is now going to a private school. Your services made all the difference in the world.
Jodi’s expertise navigating the financial channels of college were priceless. I would not have had the time to put in the effort involved during a very busy senior year, and it would have just added to the stress. Jodi’s help allowed me to enjoy the senior year festivities and leave the worries to Jodi. I would recommend the services she provides to every college bound family.
Jodi, your expertise and assistance were priceless! You made us feel like we were your only clients…always so patient with our questions and sincere with your desire to make this process as simple as possible. I could not imagine tackling all those documents without you! You helped us make Ashley’s dreams a reality and we will be calling you next year when Sara starts her application process! Thank you again for all your help
Our daughter was so excited about the whole college process – visiting schools, reading their glossy brochures and filling out all those applications, and, through it all, in the back of our minds was the question, “How are we going to pay for this?” Jodi immediately eased our minds as she explained the complicated world of financial aid. She navigated the FAFSA form and saved us from making costly mistakes. She kept saying, “Let me worry about this and you just focus on your essays!” She relieved so much stress and her advice made it possible for our daughter to attend a university that we didn’t think was possible. Thank you!
We now have two children who are full time college students, one in Boston and one in San Diego. Keeping up with all of the financial deadlines and responsibilities would be impossible without Jodi Okun. Her service has allowed us to focus on the kids and their classes and stop worrying about organizing the finances. We would recommend Jodi to everyone!
We highly recommend Jodi Okun for her financial aid expertise. Our only regret is that we did not utilize her service at an earlier date. Our do it yourself approach proved mildly disastrous, but Jodi was able to unravel the mess, and allow our daughter to more easily attend her first choice university.
College Financial Aid Advisors was singularly instrumental in guiding me through the maze of documents and steps required to achieve the financial aid both of my children needed this year. Jodi’s professionalism was top notch when it came to wading through personal and financial issues necessary for success and I commend her.
Amazing is an understatement of the help that Jodi has been. She has always been there when ever I have questions or need help with any of my financial issues, and I can honestly say I would not be where I am at for college with out her. She made my experience easy, with constant support, and she never hesitated to help
Our family was referred to Jodi Okun, (College Financial Aid Advisors) last year through a friend. With two kids in college and budgets getting tighter every year, we were fortunate to find someone who really knows a lot about the financial aid process. Jodi walked us through, every step of the way. From completing the FASFA applications, to guiding us and providing the direction and support we needed that ultimately led to successfully obtaining financial aid for both of kids. Thanks again to Jodi for her knowledge, professionalism and assistance.
Working with Jodi took a major burden off our shoulders. Not only is she thoroughly knowledgeable about the whole financial aid side of college but she is immediately accessible. She cuts through all the confusion and makes the process as painless as possible. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with Jodi and highly recommend her to anyone about to enter the financial aid maze.
The financial aid part of the college application process was far more complicated than we ever imagined. Jodi guided us through it to make sure all of the relevant documents were filled out correctly for each school and submitted on a timely basis. With Jodi’s help we were able to get our daughter into one of the best schools in the country!
Here goes…….With twin girls going to college the task of organizing, hitting deadlines and acquiring scholarship opportunities would have been a daunting task if it were not for Jodi. Not only did the girls get into their top choice but all deadlines and applications were completed in a timely and professional manner. Jodi exceeded all expectations, answered all questions and always returned all phone calls promptly. Thank you again for all your assistance. Go Bears and Go Bruins
I needed help filling out the FAFSA Form and Jodi’s knowledge and efficiency took the stress away. After many years of trying to get assistance we were able to qualify for financial aid thanks to Jodi’s expertise. I would highly recommend Jodi to work with you!
Jodi has been like a "sherpa" to my son and my family, providing us with insight into the college financial aid terrain with which we have no previous experience. The college financial aid process is like an expedition which requires an expert and resourceful guide, and we are glad Jodi is always available to share valuable knowledge of the step-by-step process.
In a tight knit community, it was fantastic to see first hand that Jodi Okun and her team hold themselves to the highest level of confidentiality. Jodi's management of timelines with helpful reminders during a VERY hectic time made the process seamless to manage with NO surprises. Our confidence in her commitment to the details and her 'inside' knowledge of various financial processes at individual colleges made it clear from beginning to end that we were in excellent hands! We wholeheartedly recommend Jodi Okum and College Financial Aid Advisors.
Jodi is the ultimate hand holder. She brilliantly helped us navigate the horror house that is the college financial aid process. Not only did she alleviate any associated stress, she got both our kids substantial award packages. Previous years, doing this alone, we were awarded nothing. Jodi is a God send. I love her
After working with an independent college coach/counselor for three years for the admission process into college, my family now faced the challenge of how to pay for college. Scholarships? Financial Aid? Loans? FASFA? This was all very foreign language to us. The only thing that I had learned from friends was that the process of obtaining financial assistance for college was grueling and the required forms were difficult to navigate. I was referred to Jodi Okun, and after my first meeting with her, I knew she could assist us in the process, she would work hard for my daughter, and she would be "real" with us. She was personable, kind, knowledgeable, and dedicated. I appreciated her constant communication, and I could contact her at any time of the process.. That placed me at ease. Thank you, Jodi, for your assistance, education, hard work, and follow through!
Jodi was amazing to work with. She kept me calm throughout the stressful process of getting our son admitted into college and helped us maneuver through the myriad of craziness that accompanies the question, 'how are we going to pay for this?' She was a lifeboat in the sea of college admission insanity.
Jodi eased our pain from the moment of first contact. She helped us correct mistakes we made the first year, correctly submit forms and FAFSA for the second year. Her understanding of the process from two points of view, parent and finacianl aid advisor is outstanding. Jodi was available for the major questions and minor concerns, all while making us feel confident we could get though it. Financing college tuition is such a challenge, especially for us with number three headed to collage as well. But we are extremely grateful for Jodi's assistance and guidance and take comfort having her on our team. Thanks Jodi!
I am so happy that we worked with Jodi to navigate the whole financial aid process. She was able to make the process painless and stress free. She kept us on track with all the deadlines and guided us through the forms and submissions process. I would never have made it through this without her!!!
Jodi we are grateful for the guidance you provided us through the college financial process to ensure the optimal outcome. The process can be stressful but you made it feel so simple. Jacob will be attending Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon and as parents we are proud of his accomplishment and confident that he will succeed in his next chapter in life. With great appreciation for your expertise, support and guidance.
Jodi, we could not have done this without your experience, patience and knowledge, we are very grateful for your leadership through the college financial process that allowed us to receive the maximum benefits towards Andrews college tuition. The process would have been extremely stressful but you made it seem easy which was comforting to our family. Andrew will be attending Molloy College in New York, and as parents we are proud of his accomplishments both academically and athletically and are confident that he will succeed as he begins his next journey. College Financial Aid Advisors is the name that we will recommend to anyone seeking assistance with the college enrollment process. With great appreciation for your expertise, support and guidance.
Jodi Okun has been an absolute blessing to our family. As first-time parents, we found it very challenging to navigate through all the information and requirements. Jodi approached all of our concerns with diligence and compassion, enabling us to feel far more financially secure in our decisions. Importantly, this allowed us the time to focus on the more important things: the joy and pride in our son's college accomplishments!
Jodi has the two traits that are key to successfully navigating the financial aid process: insider knowledge and meticulous organization. She understood our family's unique financial circumstances as well as the different reporting requirements of the schools to which my daughter applied. To steal from Douglas Adams and "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" , when you work with Jody -- Don't Panic!!
Jodi is worth her weight in gold!! We all know how stressful the college application process can be, but Jodi's knowledge and attention to detail made the process go smoothly.She is extremely knowledgable and efficient. She is always kind and very encouraging and available to answer your questions in a very prompt manner. My daughter did her part in working hard and getting into her dream school, USC Annenberg School of Journalism, and Jodi made it possible for us to afford sending her to that school. We could not have done this without her. We will definitely be using her in a couple years for our son.
Working with Jodi was such a pleasure! Jodi helped us to be at ease when it came to that overwhelming financial packet. Meeting with Jodi helped us to have a better sense of our cost for College. She explained the process simply and easily and we benefited from her teaching. Thank you Jodi!
Without you getting my Daughter Tonie the financial aid she got would have been impossible . I would love for you to help us again in 2015 . Thank you So much we are grateful you made the process seamless and not stressful.
Jodi Okun helped our family navigate the financial aid process with ease and kindness. Her expertise took away all of the worries and fear about getting through a very daunting experience
I am so happy I found Jodi to help me with the complicated process of college financial aid application. From completing the FAFSA, the CSS profile to appeal letters, she stayed on top of it for all 12 applications! Now we are ready to move our son to his new home for the next 4 years, Yale University!
You don't realize the peace of mind you provided to Monica and me. We appreciate your sincerity, patience and expertise. You provided more than only the financial aid expertise, much more....college admissions, scholarship opportunities, timelines, stress factors and how to manage them and college options for the degree Monica is interested in earning. We are grateful for you!
Jodi takes all of the mystery out of the financial aid process. Shelby was able to transfer from Golden West College to USC with Jodi's help. She guides your student and family through the process and helps give your student great college options. Thanks, Jodi!
Jodi was priceless. She helped us every step of the way. She was reliable and was always there for us for any questions and to help us with our daughter's college financial forms and more. She took all the stress away. We knew we were in good hands as she handled the complete process and worked side by side with us. We couldn't have done it without her. We will use her again in a couple of years, when our son will be going to college.
One of the best decisions I ever made was to hire Jodi Okun to help guide me through the very confusing financial aid forms. I was incredibly overwhelmed by the entire college process and having Jodi by my side took a huge amount of stress off my shoulders so I could help my child focus on his application. Jodi was cheerful, efficient and responsive and helped me through all the forms step by step. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have Jodi in your corner – she knows the ins and outs of this process and is worth every penny.