Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz speaking about student loan consolidation on CNBC, June 23, 2006

Mark Kantrowitz is the Publisher of, the leading source for unbiased and clear financial aid information, the Director of Advanced Projects at FastWeb, the most popular and complete scholarship resource available, and is the President of MK Consulting Inc.

As a recognized financial aid expert for more than two decades, Mark has been called to testify before congress about financial aid on several occasions and is regularly interviewed by news outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, MSN, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, USA Today, the Associated Press, Bloomberg, Money Magazine, SmartMoney, Kiplingers, US News & World Report, and Newsweek. Additionally he is consulted by financial aid administrators, professional associations, and federal agencies nationwide and is on the editorial board of Regulatory Advisor, a publication of the Council on Law in Higher Education.

Mark’s work in financial aid has been recognized by many awards including a Meritorious Achievement Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a Special Award from the College Board, the President’s Award from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the Jefferson Medal from the American Institute for Public Service.

Mark is an ABD on a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from CMU and Bachelors of Science Degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is an alumnus of the Research Science Institute Program established by Admiral H.G. Rickover. He was able to pay for his undergraduate education through scholarships and summer employment and his graduate education entirely through scholarships and fellowships. Some of the major scholarships, fellowships and education awards Mark has been awarded include: National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Hertz Foundation Research Fellowship Grant, MIT Karl Taylor Compton Prize, MIT William L. Stewart Jr. Award, Courant Institute Prize for Mathematical Talent, Westinghouse Science Talent Search, Massachusetts State Science Fair First Award (four-time winner), USA Mathematical Olympiad, Massachusetts State Math Olympiad, New England Math League and Continental Math League. Mark is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and a national member of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda honor society of graduate and professional students. He is a cancer survivor, the author of four books and holds six patents, with several additional patents pending.

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