Mark Kantrowitz is a nationally-recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans. He is Publisher and Vice President of Strategy for Cappex.com LLC. His mission is to deliver practical information, advice and tools to students and their families so they can make informed decisions about planning and paying for college. Before joining Cappex.com, Mr. Kantrowitz was founder and publisher of FinAid.org, publisher of Fastweb.com and publisher of Edvisors.com. Mr. Kantrowitz has been quoted in more than 5,000 newspaper and magazine articles in the last five years. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reuters, Huffington Post, US News & World Report, Newsweek and Time Magazine. Mark is the author of four bestselling books about scholarships and financial aid and holds seven patents. He also writes extensively on student aid policy. Mark serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal, is a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education and is a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association. He has two Bachelor's degrees in mathematics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).