Jessica L. Brown

President & CEO of College Gurl™

As a financial aid administrator at multiple post-secondary institutions, Jessica L. Brown has assisted students, parents, and guardians to successfully navigate the seas of financial aid. Her exhaustive knowledge and understanding of both college financing opportunities and financing pitfalls has benefited countless individuals around the world.

Now CEO of College Gurl and President of College Gurl Foundation, Jessica has expanded her reach to a larger audience through, an online resource to increase financial literacy among post-secondary students and their families. Last year, she released her first book entitled How to Pay for College When You’re Broke and in 2018 will release The College Financial Planner.

Jessica’s mission is to ensure that students have a secure financial future after graduation and that families are well informed about the programs, policies, and strategies that result in making the best-informed decisions around paying for college. Moreover, Jessica is using her platform to empower people around the world to invest in their futures and network. She has spoken at conferences across the United States representing General Motors, Rainbow Push, and many more!

Jessica has recently been featured on ABC 7 Eyewitness News, Good Morning Washington, FOX 5 DC, NBC Baltimore, Philadelphia Tribune, Black Enterprise, and more!

Thank you for speaking with me and my mom to help us understand how to finance my education. I truly am grateful and couldn’t be more excited about starting college. You really made an impact on me!

-Kayla, 2015 Miss Teen Virginia

Jessica you are amazing! You accomplished in two days what others couldn’t/wouldn’t do in eight months! Your professionalism, constant communication with me and attention to detail has restored my faith in going back to school. You certainly went above and beyond your normal duties.

– Sgt. Kevin

I wanted to pause and tell you thank you again for helping my daughter Gianna. My appreciation and gratitude cannot be summed up in a mere thank you. You are truly an angel that intersected in our lives at a time of need. By your example, I am committed to “pay it forward” to impact someone’s life!

– Felice

I have learned so much from Jessica about the Financial Aid process. She is extremely professional and knowledgeable about her position, always quick to assist me with a student, and has an incredible infectious personality.

– Peter, Former Co-Worker

From long Mondays to late Saturdays, Jessica’s diligence, consistent communication, and overall vibrant attitude has relieved and “saved” my team in many stressful situations. She is an exceptional individual and team member.

– LeAllen, Campus Director

This is just another friendly reminder of how thankful and appreciative I am of you. Your unwavering love and support is greatly appreciated. Thank you for just being you. You are awesome!

– Joshua

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