ValueColleges offers meticulously researched, straightforward, and practical answers to commonly asked questions about value and affordability when making college decisions. Further, we create feature articles clearing up misconceptions and confusion about college costs and benefits, as well as numerical rankings of institutions and degree programs to help college-bound readers choose financially responsible paths.


Carrie Sealey-Morris Editor

Carrie Sealey-Morris is a small-business owner and entrepreneur. As a serial college student, Carrie became acquainted with every type of school – small liberal arts college, giant public research university, community college, and everything in between – before settling on the University of New Mexico. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies, a major suited to her talent for wide-ranging, intensive research. With a college professor for a husband, and three little ones heading off to college in ten years, Carrie is acutely aware of the costs and benefits of college, and of the special challenges facing first-generation and non-traditional students. With Value Colleges, she hopes to provide guidance to those who most need the credentials and respect that a college degree offers.


Jenny Bowman Associate Editor

Jenny Bowman is a full-time freelance writer and editor specializing in children’s literature. Jenny has ghostwritten over fifty books for children and edited over a hundred children’s manuscripts in varying genres including, but not limited to, picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. To learn more about Jenny and her work, check out her website.

Jenny’s passion for creative learning extends beyond the written word. With over ten years experience in the non-profit sector as a programs director in alternative-educational settings, Jenny thrives on making learning a part of her daily life, and enjoys extending that passion to others.


Jana Steenhuyse Associate Editor

Jana Johnson Steenhuyse earned her undergraduate degree with the Dewey Decimal System at Florida State University and her graduate degree online at Nova Southeastern University. Having done it both ways, she appreciates the value of both, and often encourages her students to take their laptops into the library for the inspiring ambiance. When she is not teaching AP Psychology, World History or Teacher Education online, she is hanging out with her own children and trying to teach her old dog any trick at all.


Lea Vickery Associate Editor

Lea has over 15 years of experience working in corporate settings as an instructional designer, facilitator and manager. Most recently, Lea worked in training and development for Valspar.

A Boston University graduate and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance, Lea understands the educational needs of corporate America and is ideal for guiding prospective students in the right direction with Value Colleges. Wherever she is, her heart is in the outdoors, hiking and exploring with her dogs and family.

ValueColleges is all about value, and that goes for our content, too – we provide all of our rankings, guides, articles, and resources completely free of charge. Our content has always been focused on the needs of working adults, low-income students, first-generation scholars, and everyone else who appreciates value and affordability, but to do it, we have to make an income.

The revenue for ValueColleges comes from connecting prospective students with colleges and universities that can meet their needs. Users have the option to provide their contact information with sponsored schools through the Find Your Degree Program box, but if you don’t want to, no problem – we don’t take your info any other way. We don’t let sponsors get in the way of giving you objective, factual, and useful content either; sponsored schools have no control over our rankings.