About Lynn

Meet Lynn O’Shaughnessy

Lynn O’Shaughnessy (that’s me!) is a nationally recognized college expert, who is a higher-ed journalist, consultant and speaker.

My chief goal is to help families with teenagers become smart college shoppers as they search for schools. I also focus on educating high school counselors, college consultants and financial professionals, who need to understand how they can assist families with evaluating their choices and bringing their college costs down.

College is often the second biggest expense in a family’s life, but high school counselors and consultants usually don’t understand how to make college more affordable and neither do financial advisers.

Best-Selling Author/Journalist

I am the author of an Amazon bestseller: The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price. I am the college contributor at CBS MoneyWatch and I write about college at my own popular blog –  The College Solution, which attracts 1.4 million visitors a year.

Course Instructor

I  offer an online course  – The College Cost Lab – for parents, high school counselors, financial advisors and college consultants that provides a blueprint for how families can make college more affordable.  The courses includes written lessons, videos, discussion boards, handouts and webinarslab

The No. 1 way to cut the cost of college is to become an educated consumer. You can learn how by participating in The College Cost Lab. I’ll be relaunching the course in June, 2016 and if you’d like to be notified when I have more details, please click here!

Lynn O'Shaugnessy


I give popular presentations about college strategies for schools, nonprofits, companies and financial advisory firms.

Media Contributor

A former Los Angeles Times reporter, I have written and/or been interviewed about college issues for such national outlets as The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Consumer Reports, USA Today, Money Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Associated Press, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Fox Business News, Smart Money, Reuters and The Early Show on CBS.

Financial Journalist

Prior to focusing on college issues, I was a veteran financial journalist who wrote for many consumer and financial industry publications such as BusinessWeek, Forbes, Money and Bloomberg publications since the 1990’s. I wrote three financial books, The Unofficial Guide to Investing (MacMillan), as well as Retirement Bible and Investing Bible (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, I ghost wrote two additional financial books, including one New York Times bestseller. 


My husband and I, who live in San Diego, are the parents of a son, who graduated from Beloit College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a minor in studio art in 2014. Ben graduated in June 2015 with his master’s degree in education from the Denver Teacher Residency program and is teaching math in a high school in the Denver Public School system.  Our daughter Caitlin graduated from Juniata College in 2011 with a degree in Spanish and entrepreneurship and is the marketing director of a toy company in San Diego.

Where Lynn attended college

I am a proud native of St. Louis. I started college 1 1/2 blocks away from my house at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. Thanks to the encouragement from a professor at UMSL, I switched my major from history to journalism and transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia, where I graduated from the nation’s oldest journalism school.

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