About Us

It’s time to get the big picture. To zoom out. College is not just about that brilliant professor, that frisbee tournament, that amazing career waiting for you on the other side. College prices have risen over 1,120% since 1978; upon graduation, students leave campus not only with their diplomas in hand, but also an average debt of over $30,000. Students are asking the following question: what is the value of a college degree? College Forecaster helps students help themselves.

All online, College Forecaster has aggregated data from multiple sources to be a one-stop-shop for future college students to forecast their expenses and to put their future into perspective with the ability of their first post-grad job to finance their loan payments.

College Forecaster puts students in the driver’s seat of their education. It forces colleges to rethink and rebrand their practicality for the modern student. It holds an ever-expanding industry to a higher standard, and prepares an underserved population to invest in their future.

Meet the co-founders

Samantha West. Chief Visualizer.

A recent college graduate herself, Sam has cut her teeth doing communications work for a variety of organizations including an education reform nonprofit, a healthcare marketing firm, a liberal arts college, and the office of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (now Governor). In the fall, Sam will be pursuing a PhD in Communications Studies at University of Colorado at Boulder. She found her passion for equity and inclusion while doing multiple award-winning research on the effects of Title IX on college campuses. Sam has a B.A. in Rhetoric Studies from Whitman College. In her spare time, she enjoys the Netflix category “Shows with a Strong Female Lead,” pumpkin-flavored foods and paying separately.

Brittany Kenison. Creator in Chief.

From coding to data and business analysis to project management, Brittany has filled various roles in IT projects, large and small. After a career in banking, she returned to school and earned her B.S. in Information Technology, specializing in Business/Systems Analysis from Oregon Tech in 2014. Her senior project involved building a system for Oregon Tech that analyzes the characteristics leading to students dropping out. The results help senior leadership decide when to investigate and direct resources. From 2013 - 2015, Brittany also served as a Board Member for the Oregon State Board of Higher Education; the governing board for the Oregon University System (OUS). During her tenure, she served on both the Finance committee and Academic Services committee and part on the interview panel for two University's Presidential candidates.

Most of her time since graduation has been spent in the State Elections Division, including being a key project team member that successfully implemented the nation’s first automatic voter registration system. Currently, she works for Oregon’s Chief Information Officer where she is part of a new team to create a Center of Excellence to help improve the quality of state agencies’ IT projects. You can often find Brittany on one of the beautiful Pacific Northwest trails with her son and partner.