Paying for college can be daunting, but in this workshop we’ll break down the process of applying for financial aid. We'll look at what are the different options and outline what steps you need to take.

Our special guest, Dr. Diana Barbu, returns to our college admission series with more insightful infomation. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Ileana Marin. 


We will cover the following topics:

-Understand college financial aid (how to apply and what you can get)

-Determine out of pocket costs and compare colleges

-Ask for more aid

Register HERE.


Diana Barbu

Dr. Barbu worked for more than 12 years in college and university administration in executive and senior-level positions. She served as the Associate Vice-Provost for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at St. Thomas University, Director of Research and Data Analytics at Miami Dade College, and Director of Academic Programs at the State University System of Florida - Board of Governors. Throughout this time, she learned a lot about college admissions and student success strategies. 

She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University, a Master in Communication from Rutgers University, and a Bachelor in Computer Science and Mathematics from the North University of Baia Mare. 

She published a book on Financial Aid and is in the process of publishing the 2nd one on College Admissions. The Ultimate College Financial Aid Guide: Understand the Aid Offer & Ask for More Money is available on and was ranked in the top 5 in various categories. The second book will be available on Amazon soon.  

She is committed to helping students graduate in 4 years with the least amount of debt.

She lives in Florida with her husband Adrian. 

Connect with her on: 




Ileana Marin, Ph.D.

Ileana Marin teaches interdisciplinary courses at the University of Washington in Seattle and at the Center of Excellence in Image Studies at the University of Bucharest. Her long-standing academic career on both sides of the ocean has given her the opportunity to establish contacts between Romanian and American scholars, artists, and institutions. She, thus, initiated the first UW Exploration Seminar to Romania, and to Eastern Europe, and opened the fund for Romanian Studies, hoping that Romanian language will be taught regularly in Seattle. With a BA in Romanian and a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of Bucharest (2000), and one in Textual Studies from the UW (2011), Ileana is a strong believer in the power of education and bilingualism. In ARCS, she advocates the expansion of the Romanian language programs in the US and for disseminating the most recent Romanian cultural achievements. On her agenda as president, Ileana Marin has two major tasks: board development and recruitment to ensure the successful implementation of ARCS mission through meaningful programs.