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Travis helps you navigate the insane world of student loans, especially if you owe $50,000 to $1 million. If you've ever spent too much time on the phone with your loan servicer, this is the show for you. Every week we share tips on loan forgiveness, investing, crushing debt, and how to get to financial freedom when you owe more than most people's mortgage.
 
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Break out your apocalypse gear because a disaster is coming! Just kidding, we’re trying to keep things light and optimistic here, but it’s difficult when there are so many PSLF challenges people with student loans are still facing. Join me as I discuss the upcoming Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) problem of 2022 and how you can ultimately ov…
 
Glen Dunzweiler joins the student loan podcast to share why life is more than student loans. With the New Year well under way, Glen will help you get your mindset on track to accomplish your goals of paying off your student loans and also living the life you want. Glen wants students to succeed! After teaching at universities for eleven years and s…
 
We can’t control the pandemic or public policy, but we can control our actions to dramatically increase our net worth. I’m going to show you and your family a wealth of options for your wealth. Achieving a six-figure net worth seems like a daunting task, especially when you’re saddled with student debt. However, I’ll prove in this episode that your…
 
It’s 2022, and there’s no better year to kickstart your journey to financial independence! One of the keys to making this a reality is a solid investment strategy alongside your student loan strategy. After two years of living in a culture of fear, people are craving for freedom—for autonomy and choice. This could be the year you finally get a tast…
 
Having six figures of student debt to pay off can often make you feel like you’re in bad shape, and for good reason. But as SLP consultants Rob Bertman, CFA, CFP®, and Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, explain, you may be doing better than you think. Listen in for a positive, upbeat message and learn how to change your paradigm around your student loan…
 
I reflect on how my wife and I would have approached her student loan strategy differently if given a second chance. Listen as I pick apart a 2015-version of me (who had just started dating my then-girlfriend-now-wife) and the conversations we had around her $124,000 med school loan, and how a seemingly straight path to forgiveness led to a string …
 
Today, Claire Wasserman, founder and author of Ladies Get Paid joins The Student Loan Podcast to discuss the many moving parts of your career after you graduate from school. Claire gets right into the nitty gritty and shares rock solid advice for how to advance for your career in more ways than one. Claire shares her personal story and how she had …
 
From the PSLF Waiver to the EICR plan to the debt mindset, there’s a lot we need to cover regarding student loans and loan forgiveness in 2022 and beyond. Join me as I answer a few listener questions you asked us via our podcast voicemail! I talk about recertification, why it’s so hard for undergrads to get student loan forgiveness, how to not feel…
 
Today's episode is a bit different from the typical StartNews update. Today, Daphné Vanessa and Shamil Rodriguez play and discuss recent clips of members of Congress calling to Cancel Student Loan Debt. The discussion doesn't end there though because they also play clips from the opposing view point to provide a balance of the different perspective…
 
Join Student Loan Planner consultants Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, and Meagan Landress, CSLP®, to discover what’s new and exciting about the PSLF Waiver and the servicer changes. They’re sharing what they’re seeing “on the ground” with real-life scenarios of the PSLF Waiver and servicer changes happening for borrowers. In today’s episode, you'll f…
 
Latasha Peterson (@artsandbudgets), founder of ArtsandBudgets.com, joins the Student Loan podcast to share how she paid off $25k in debt in a year through side hustles and how you can too! We discuss with Latasha: How to find a side hustle that matches your skills; Planning for using your side hustle money to pay your student loans; Setting aside m…
 
Inflation is the hot topic of the day. Is it here to stay? And does inflation mean income-driven repayment programs are a bad idea? Listen in as I unpack the inflation conundrum as well as the latest news around the PSLF waiver along with updated guidance from the Department of Education. In today’s episode, you'll find out: How inflation impacts s…
 
Today, Brandyn Rodriguez, founder of PositivelyB (@debt_free_2020), shares how she and her husband, DJ, paid off over $130k in debt! This episode provides real life advice for working together with your partner to pay off your debt together. We discuss with Brandyn: The importance of developing a debt payoff plan; Communicating your plan with your …
 
The Department of Education recently forgave around $700 million in student loans in a single day. I talk about how the new PSLF Waiver played into that, what it means for student loan forgiveness, and what it means for you and your finances. I also sit down with Ben Martinek, EA, CSLP®, CFP®, of Student Loan Tax Experts. He shares his experience h…
 
Today, Nika Booth, founder of Debt Free Gonnabe (@debtfreegonnabe) joins the show how to stick to your debt payoff plan. Nika doesn't keep it academic on today's episode. She shares her personal story to help demonstrate what it takes to stick to your debt payoff journey. Nika doesn't hold back in today's episode. She shares how she overcame the in…
 
We could see a new student loan repayment plan for borrowers. The old IBR and the new IBR have been around for a while — now, the Biden administration is poised to create a new new IBR tentatively called The Expanded Income-Contingent Repayment (EICR) Plan. Confused? You’re not alone. A lot is happening in the world of student loans, and a lot more…
 
Today, Kat the PA, from PA the FI Way joins The Student Loan Podcast to discuss how you can pay off your student loans and enjoy your life as the same time. Kat is a Physician Assistant that is working her way towards Financial Independence so she can retire early, but she isn't depriving herself to get to her goal. She is well aware from her perso…
 
Today, I’m joined by Chad Carson, aka Coach Carson. He’s a husband, father of two, real estate investor, and world traveler. His message is threefold: Invest in real estate. Retire early. Do what matters. Listen in as Chad and I talk about his best practices for building a robust real estate portfolio and achieving financial independence. In today’…
 
Today, Cyril Jose, creator of @trainyourdollar joins The Student Loan Podcast to share how it isn't too late for you to learn about money. Cyril shares his personal story and how it wasn't too late for him to get started on his personal finance journey We discuss with Cyril Jose: why it's not too late to learn about money even though many projectio…
 
There’s a lot going on in the world of student loans, from the recent overhaul of the PSLF program to the Federal Reserve’s “tapering” of bond purchases and its impact on interest rates. Travis takes on seven listener questions spanning today’s big issues. He then goes into the latest on the student loan servicer Navient. In today’s episode, you'll…
 
Today, Daphné and Shamil discuss the latest student loan and higher education news updates. Some of the topics covered today include: Navient transitioning student loan borrower accounts over to Maximus; Public Service Loan Forgiveness lawsuit settlement; and the possibility that free community college will be taken out of the current budget packag…
 
The PSLF expansion took borrowers by surprise. The Biden administration’s big announcement of a total overhaul to the PSLF program is a big deal. For a variety of reasons, many borrowers counting on PSLF had payments or loans that previously did not qualify for forgiveness because they could not meet the stringent requirements. The Department of Ed…
 
Rob Phelan, author of M is for Money, Co-lead Personal Finance Curriculum writer for ChooseFI Foundation, and the owner of The Simple StartUp joins the Student Loan Podcast to share how he became debt free and how you can do the same. We discuss with Rob Phelan: how he became debt free and how you can do the same with your student loans; two main m…
 
Today’s conversation is for the parents out there who are currently navigating the challenges of paying down student loans all while preparing their own kids’ future. Do you actually have a solid plan to protect your kids from the massive debt burden you left school with? Listen in as our consultants Molly Laughter, MBA CFA, CFP®, and Lauryn Willia…
 
In honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, today's episode is a mix of clips from previous interviews with Dr. Chris Nelson (Episode 32), Dr. JD Lopez (Episode 28) and Dr. Amanda Tachine (Episode 30). They previously joined the Student Loan Podcast to help shed light on the intersection of tribal life and higher education. Be prepared to open your eyes t…
 
We’ve all heard the term “new normal” being used to describe life as we move toward life after the pandemic. But what exactly does that mean for you? How ready are you to seize upcoming opportunities to thrive personally and professionally once the world reopens? Listen in as consultants Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, and Dan Rooker, CFP®, CSLP®, do…
 
Lucia Pilar, teacher and personal finance coach, joins The Student Loan Podcast to share how her personal story as a first generation Mexican American college graduate formed her passion to share lessons of financial literacy within her community. Lucia Pilar created The Wealth and Health Journey to help first-generation, BIPOC, and women gain cont…
 
It’s been quite a week for student loans. Navient and FedLoan, two of the biggest student loan servicers have thrown up their hands and said, “We’re out.” Listen in as I explain what’s happening with student loans right now. I’ll also talk about the timeline for the servicer transitions and what it might mean for you. I’m excited about what some of…
 
Today, Umme Hoque, the Organizing Director for the Debt Collective joins the The Student Loan Podcast to discuss why student loan debt cancellation is desperately needed in America today. We discuss with Umme Hoque: The purpose and mission of the Debt Collective; Calls for President Biden to fix the current student loan debt crisis; The need for st…
 
No one should be forced to keep a job where burnout, stress, and overwork have become the norm. Jessica Medina is a lawyer and Accredited Financial Counselor who helps her clients “build the money habits they need to actually build wealth.” Listen in as Jessica shares her own experience leaving a series of prestigious roles in Big Law that she felt…
 
Senaida Ng joins the Student Loan Podcast to share how she manages life as an international student, startup founder, musician, and content creator. If you wanted to learn how such a mover and shaker gets this all done and so much more, then this episode is for you. We discuss with Senaida Ng: Ways that she has financed her education as an internat…
 
Student loan loopholes aren’t always a good thing. While many loopholes can benefit borrowers by helping them pay less on their student loans, some can end up doing more harm than good. Listen in as I dismantle eight loopholes that actually aren’t loopholes, from rolling your student loan into a mortgage or practice loan to borrowing from your pare…
 
Happy Latinx Heritage Month! Daphné Vanessa and Shamil Rodriguez go over some of the latest higher education and student loans, but that's not all. This episode also shares plays clips from previous episodes that cover the student loan and higher education perspective of Latinx students and student loan borrowers. Visit the show notes for all the e…
 
In this episode’s consultant takeover, Molly Laughter, MBA CFA, CFP®, and Meagan Landress, CSLP®, dive deep into the student loan repayment loopholes that are available for borrowers — depending on certain factors such as family situation and where they live. Molly and Meagan also discuss tax implications, including those for individuals or familie…
 
Gary Santos Mendoza joins the show to discuss higher education, mental health awareness, identity and how it all relates to student loans and the student experience. Gary currently serves as the director of the intercultural resource center at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. If you like discussing topics like gender identity, mental health, cultu…
 
There’s a lot of talk around the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. In the last several months, we saw new developments unfold, and there’s no doubt we’ll see more changes in the years to come. I’m diving in and giving my thoughts on the current state of PSLF and what we could expect come election season in 2024 and beyond. In today’s episode…
 
Gary Santos Mendoza joins the show to discuss higher education, mental health awareness, identity and how it all relates to student loans and the student experience. Gary currently serves as the director of the intercultural resource center at Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. If you like discussing topics like gender identity, mental health, cultu…
 
Was your decision to take out a student loan the right decision? In this episode, I make the case that student debt isn’t only the right decision, but a fantastic one. It can feel like a burden, but it’s also a massive opportunity to gain access to high-income skills that you can use to maximize your potential and leave a lasting impact. In today’s…
 
Daphné Vanessa and Shamil Rodriguez discuss the origins of The Student Loan Podcast and the startup they co-founded that allows for students and alumni to serve the community and receive payments towards their student loans or tuition in return. Learn more at StartNoo.com to see if StartNoo is on your campus. Show notes for today's episode: https:/…
 
If you’ve ever been told the average student loan debt for your program or degree, this episode is for you. Join me for a Q&A followed by a discussion on why focusing on median and average student loan debt statistics is a waste of time, and why those statistics cause all kinds of problems when it comes to higher education policy. In today’s episod…
 
Adam Minsky, Esq. joins the show to share why he started a practice over 10 years ago that focuses on protecting the rights of student loans borrowers. Adam is also a Senior Contributor for Forbes and shares recent student loan news that can impact many student loan borrowers and how they might prepare for them. In today's episode we cover: Knowing…
 
Senior Consultant Rob Bertman, CFA, CFP®, joins me in this episode as we take a deep dive into the current state of the housing market. With so many people on the fence about buying a new home this year, Rob and I tackle the most important things to consider before making that all-important decision. Listen in as we discuss how to navigate unpredic…
 
If you thought you were busy, then you haven't met Dr. Ijeoma Kola. She joins the Student Loan podcast not only to share how she went from undergraduate to her Ph.D. without taking on any student loan debt, but how she is paying it forward for other black women and nonbinary doctoral candidates through her nonprofit Cohort Sistas. Dr. Kola is not o…
 
Many people feel like they need to make a higher income or invest more to advance to the next level of the economic ladder… but do you? Is it worth striving to become an upper middle class American? Join me as I discuss the various things you need to do at each income level (lower class through upper middle class) to break through to the next level…
 
Today, Mike Kleba, a 20+ year public school teacher, co-author of the book Otherful, school culture expert and climber of Mount Kilimanjaro (no, that wasn't a typo) joins the show. Mike goes into how teachers and school leaders can change the culture of their schools and therefore the student experience by making a shift in their leadership. Today'…
 
More important than what kind of student loan plan you have is knowing how to invest. Listen in as I talk to you about investing in this current economy amid red-hot inflation and a booming housing market. I’ll also explain that, while 2021 continues to hold a lot of opportunities, it's also a dangerous time to be investing now that everyone is in …
 
Daphné Vanessa and Shamil Rodriguez discuss how universities can help students land jobs they want. Visit the show notes for all the extra details: https://thestudentloanpodcast.com/episode39 Visit our podcast sponsor at StartNoo to learn how you can exchange service hours in the community for direct payments towards your student loans or tuition.…
 
In this episode, I’m joined by Josh Mitchell, a Wall Street Journal reporter and the author of the book The Debt Trap: How Student Loans Became a National Catastrophe to reflect on his observations in the higher education space and how the student crisis came to be. Listen in as Josh explains why the process of taking out a loan is more “opaque” th…
 
Tired of out-of-this world tuition? Well, today's guest, has a possible solution for you. Save on college expenses by going to college in Canada. Brandon Miller is an immigration consultant that has helped many Americans take advantage of the benefits of studying in Canada. Today, we look at what that might look like for you. This episode provides …
 
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