About us

Our Mission

College Finance Company is dedicated to helping students, parents, and graduates make informed choices about financing their college education. We believe that with the right data, people can make decisions that will minimize their borrowing costs and help them get the most out of their higher education investment.

Our Team

Collectively, our writers, editors and leaders have borrowed hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for college. It’s personal. We know how expensive college and grad school is. But for each of us, higher education has been transformative. Our careers have been possible thanks to our training and credentials. Our ability to contribute to our families and to our communities have been greatly enhanced by the critical thinking and other skills we were able to explore and develop in the classroom. We are eager to share our perspectives and experiences to help people get the most out of their college investment.

  • Kevin Walker
    Co-Founder & CEO

    Kevin has more than 25 years experience in education finance and financial technology. Previously he was founder and/or CEO of several fintech and edtech companies including SimpleTuition (sold to LendingTree), SmarterBank (sold to Gradifi), ValoreBooks and Boundless (both sold to Follett). Kevin is a Senior Strategy Advisor at Cognition Financial, where he previously spent many years in executive roles. Kevin was also GM of education lending at LendingTree, a principal at the management consulting firm Parthenon/EY, VP for a Russia-focused fintech venture fund, and founder of an education company in Russia. He is an advisor to several fintech companies, including FutureFuel.io, Edmit, Spinwheel, and LeverEdge. Kevin was a 2009 New England finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Kevin borrowed to finance his degrees from Amherst and Harvard and is currently a college-paying parent for students at UNH and Penn.

  • Lawrence Rausch
    Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer

    Larry has been in Sales and Marketing for over 30 years. He started his career helping Credit Union Members make sound financial decisions with the Cuna Mutual Group. For the past 15 years he has been helping Students and Parents figure out the best way to finance, and refinance their Education with SimpleTuition and now at CollegeFinace.com. He received his Bachelor’s Degree, a long time ago, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He presently has two sons attending college, one at Elon University and one at Wake Forest University.

  • Michael Kosoff
    Director of Marketing

    Michael recently graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Statistics. While being a student, he was also a part of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program which allowed him to explore many interests and meet amazing entrepreneurs from the San Diego community and beyond. Prior to CollegeFinance.com, he worked as a content intern for Ikonick, an ecommerce start-up in Los Angeles where he developed a new passion for digital marketing. Michael, for some reason, has refused our repeated offers to relocate from San Diego to Boston.

  • Reyna Gobel
    Contributing Editor

    Reyna Gobel, M.B.A. and M.J., is our contributing editor. She’s a financial and physical fitness journalist, author, and nutrition course instructor and course creator who's published on forbesadvisor.com , reuters.com , weightwatchers.com, and theatlantic.com.

    She’s the author of CliffsNotes Graduation Debt (Wiley, March 2010), How Smart Students Pay for School 1st and 2nd Editions (AudioGo, April 2012 and May, 2013), CliffsNotes Graduation Debt 2nd Edition (April 2014) and CliffsNotes Parents' Guide (Houghton Mifflin, October 2015). Three of her books were selected as financial book of the month by Michelle Singletary in The Washington Post. The third edition of Graduation Debt will be published as College Finance Graduation Debt (May 2021) with free e-book access.

  • Melissa Brock
    Contributing Writer

    Melissa is the founder of College Money Tips and Money editor at Benzinga. She loves helping families navigate their finances and the college search process. Check out her essential timeline and checklist for the college search!