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The College Financial Lady

18 EpisodesProduced by Ann GarciaWebsite

Ann Garcia, CFP®, a financial advisor and author of the popular College Financial Lady blog, explores the world of preparing for college in a series of interviews with experts in areas from admissions and academic preparation to athletics, gap years and more.

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Merit Aid Myth Busters

June 15th, 2021

30:57

The world of college merit aid is rife with myths and urban legends. Fortunately, Cozy Wittman of College Inside Track joined me to bust the myths …

Living with Student Loans: A High School Counselor's Story

June 8th, 2021

42:02

As a high school guidance counselor, John McMichael has a lot of conversations with students about borrowing for college. That's in no small part …

The College Application Process

May 25th, 2021

42:19

Applying to colleges can be arduous and stressful, but also a great opportunity for students to learn about themselves and build their futures. …

Emotional and Practical Realities of College Savings

May 11th, 2021

36:49

Paying for college has emotional and practical components. As parents we want to provide opportunities for our kids, but the practical realities of …

College Financial Literacy

May 4th, 2021

39:44

Planning and paying for college is confusing and complicated. As coordinator of Student Financial Literacy and Advising at the University of Southern …

What's Going on With Standardized Testing?

April 6th, 2021

27:07

As test-optional admissions gain steam, many are questioning the place of standardized testing in the college admissions process and even whether or …

On Campus with COVID

January 19th, 2021

34:07

What's it like to be a college student during the pandemic? A lot depends on where you're going to school. I caught up with three current college …

Prepaid Tuition Plans and the Private College 529

December 1st, 2020

31:39

Prepaid tuition plans are a slightly different take on 529s: rather than investing for growth that might outpace tuition inflation, these plans aim to match tuition increases. While there used to be many prepaid tuition …

Academic Success in College with Dr. Alan Shusterman

November 10th, 2020

30:28

As a professor of organic chemistry at Reed College, Alan Shusterman teaches a hard class to smart students. Over the years, as both a professor and …

Paying off Student Loans with Bill Nelson, CFP®, CSLP

October 27th, 2020

31:28

Student loan borrowers have a dizzying array of loan and repayment options. If you're borrowing for college, Bill's guidance on how to borrow and how …

How a Financial Advisor plans for his own children's educations with Rich Feight CFP®

October 13th, 2020

39:13

As financial advisors, we often give clients guidance on college funding strategies. In this episode I talked with fellow NAPFA advisor Rich Feight …

College Applications in the COVID Era with Julia Surtshin

September 15th, 2020

29:10

Getting started on the college search? Admissions consultant Julia Surtshin has a wealth of tips for the Class of 2021. First and foremost: Don't …

A First Generation Student's Story with Olivia Pura

September 8th, 2020

25:52

Olivia Pura is a first-generation college student who just graduated with magna cum laude from Northwestern University and is now beginning a Ph.D. …

Living with Student Loans with Dr. Sarah Dougherty

September 1st, 2020

26:43

Sarah Dougherty attended college on partial athletic and merit scholarships, then pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Now more than 10 …

Student Athletes with Kathy Connor

August 25th, 2020

52:58

Is your student an athlete looking to pursue their sport in college? Don't miss Kathy's insights on the recruiting process, athletic scholarships, …

College Possible with Emielle Nischik

August 18th, 2020

32:28

College Possible makes college admission and success possible for low-income students through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support. Since …

529 College Savings Plans with Richard Ellis

August 13th, 2020

42:11

Got questions about 529s? I went straight to the top and had Richard Ellis, Executive Director of Utah's my529, answer questions about how 529s work, how to get the most out of them, choosing a plan and investment …

Gap Years with Ethan Knight

August 11th, 2020

24:44

Interested in a gap year? Start here to learn how to make the most of a pre-college break. Whether service, travel or education, a gap year can …

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