Mark Kantrowitz

Mark Kantrowitz is Publisher of the FinAid and Fastweb web sites owned by Monster Worldwide and author of the bestseller Secrets to Winning a Scholarship. He is also President of MK Consulting Inc., a consulting firm focused on computer science, artificial intellignece, and statistical and policy analysis. He is ABD on a PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). He has Bachelor of Science degrees in mathematics and philosophy from MIT and a Master of Science degree in computer science from CMU. Mark is also an alumnus of the Research Science Institute program established by Admiral H. G. Rickover. He has previously been employed at Just Research, the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Bitstream Inc., and the Planning Research Corporation.

Mark has testified before Congress about student aid on several occasions. He is interviewed regularly by news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, MSN, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNBC, Bloomberg, Money Magazine, SmartMoney, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, US News & World Report, Consumer Reports, Newsweek,, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Reuters and the Associated Press. Mark is on the editorial board of the Council on Law in Higher Education and the editorial advisory board of Bottom Line/Personal (a Boardroom, Inc. publication) and writes a weekly column for in addition to the weekly Ask Kantro column for Fastweb. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Center for Excellence in Education and a member of the board of directors of the National Scholarship Providers Association.