The first release of Paying for College included tools that help students compare financial aid offers,
learn about student loans, and decide on a loan repayment plan. My first assignment upon joining the Bureau, Paying for College was created during a time when the design and dev team numbered at less than 10 people, and we each wore many hats.
The financial guides on Paying for College were designed to provide as much or as little information need for students and their families to make decisions.
But making copy and layout tweaks were unsustainable on a small design team. I ended up cutting up these pages into patterns for a content-publishing tool, which would allow our editorial team to re-arrange and change content as they saw fit.