Dubbed in Huffington Post as one of the “Top 30 Social Influencers in Personal Finance & Wealth,”
Jodi Okun is known for her smart insight on a range of 21st-century topics, including social media, entrepreneurship, and, especially, college financing.
She began her career as a financial aid officer, working with several top-tier colleges and universities, then in 2008 founded College Financial Aid Advisors, a successful company dedicated to helping families navigate the murky waters of financial aid.
Jodi’s a social media expert as well. Her Twitter chat, #CollegeCash, receives an average of 10 million impressions a week. In fact, @JodiOkun has been cited as a Top 4 Twitter account on student financial aid.
She also shares her knowledge and advice on About.com, where she’s a Money Expert. She’s even the Brand Ambassador for Discover Student Loans, where she helps educate parents and students about the true cost of college and how they can estimate the right funding mix to cover expenses.
Finally, Jodi leverages her entrepreneurial expertise with the Training Institute, an eight-week, online certification course designed to help entrepreneurs start small businesses or grow their existing ones.
Don't miss her next event
Jodi was recently a keynote speaker at the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) Share, Learn and Connect event. She was also a keynote speaker in Las Vegas at the Bloggers at Midlife Conference (BAM), where she focused on the traits of a social media influencer.
Buy Jodi's new book
In Secrets of a Financial Aid Pro: Master the College Funding Process and Give Your Child Lifelong Financial Skills Without Losing Your Cool, Jodi shares her strategies and stories about paying for college.
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What an achievement! Jodi Okun has done the near impossible; taking the fear out of applying for financial aid and paying for college. Jodi’s personable style and financial aid know-how are visible on every page. Parents of college-bound students you’ll find the granularity and good guidance you’ll need to be a savvy college shopper and an ace at navigating the financial aid process from A to Z.
Robert Franek, VP - Publisher, The Princeton Review
We were so happy to have Jodi join us as the keynote speaker for WACAC’s annual Share, Learn, Connect conference in Orange County. She took this year’s massive changes to financial aid and broke the complicated pieces down to help attendees understand the context and impact of those decisions. Jodi always makes the complex financial aid process seem manageable, makes families feel good about the decisions they make, and helps counselors better advise their students through the college admission process.
Allison Lopour, Site Chair Workshops, WACAC
Jodi's FAFSA presentation/application workshop for our high school was exceptional! Both parents and students were impressed by her knowledge and the thoroughness of the content she was presenting. She went over the application line by line and answered all questions as they were being asked. They said the information that Jodi covered was easy to follow and she was helpful clarifying any questions they had. I would definitely endorse Jodi for any of your financial service needs!
Vanessa Pham, M.S., College Career Specialist, Marina High School