Author, Entrepreneur, Reporter, Philanthropist

Jessica L. Brown is a nationally recognized financial aid expert. As Founder of College Gurl,  President of The College Gurl Foundation, Author of How to Pay for College When You’re  Broke and the children’s book College Girl’s First College Tour, Jessica educates students  and families on how to make the best-informed decisions around financing a college  education. Named the Financial Aid Fairy Godmother, her mission is to ensure students have  access to an affordable and quality education. Additionally, she mentors and exposes  Washington Metropolitan area high school students to college through her nonprofit, The  College Gurl Foundation.

Jessica speaks all over the U.S. at a host of schools, universities, organizations, and news  networks. Additionally, AT&T, Dark & Lovely, Diversity Inc., Truist Foundation, The Steve &  Marjorie Harvey Foundation and many more have sponsored her efforts. She has recently been  featured on Good Morning America, MSNBC, The Tamron Hall Show, BET News, FOX  Business Network, Essence Magazine, and several other news outlets. Also, she is a graduate of  Howard University, Strayer University, and is currently seeking her PhD in Higher Education  Administration.

Moreover, Jessica is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc and AT&T’s Consumer Advisory Panel. Her philanthropic efforts have awarded her the 2023 White House Fellows Regional Candidate, 2023 Brown Sugar of the Year Award, 2022 LoudMouth award from Al Sharpton, 2020 Mayor Bowser DC HOPE Award, 2020 HBCU Buzz Top 30 Under 30, 2020 WHUR-96.3 & McDonalds DMV Black Excellence Award, 2019 Outstanding Community Service Award of Excellence from Odyssey International, 2018 Dreamer Award from Dream4It Foundation, and 2018 Power of She Award from Iota Phi Lambda Sorority,  Inc.

-Jessica Brown, “College Gurl”

News Appearances
College Tours
Scholarship funds raised for the college gurl foundation
Million in scholarships students received

Why Choose College Gurl?

Access to supportive services to help eliminate or decrease potential barriers to success!
Unlock students' talents to produce economic stability and generational wealth!
Expose students to institutions, careers, and people that will provide lifelong educational, social, and cultural opportunities.
Increase enrollment, employment, mentoring, professional development opportunities.