Best Financialaid podcasts we could find (Updated July 2019)
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Hosted by NASFAA staff, this weekly podcast offers an unscripted view of hot financial aid and higher education-related topics. Justin Draeger and co-hosts will discuss what's happening inside the beltway to give you an insider's perspective.
 
Stressed about applying to college? Looking for that *something* to provide an edge when test scores and GPA aren't enough to set your child apart? College admission counselor Steve Schwartz (Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com) shares insights on everything college admissions – college essays, scholarships, test prep, and more. This show is for you if you’re looking to craft college applications that will showcase your child's strengths and maximize chances of admission. Please (1) subscribe ...
 
Let a college admission expert (Mark) and a mom who's been through the process (Anika) guide you through the college admission process. Learn key strategies and hear true stories on topics ranging from building the right college list, getting admitted to the colleges on your list; how to pay for college, and even choosing the right career. Each week, in order, we will discuss a hot college admissions article; we will shares insights from the college admission book, "!71 Answers", we will ded ...
 
College is expensive and the process of finding and getting into the best colleges is more complicated and competitive than ever. You owe it to yourself to become an educated consumer. This podcast will show you how to pay only your fair share of the college bill and gain a competitive advantage to beat the colleges at their own game. Subscribe and enjoy!
 
NASFAA's "Director Download" is a bi-weekly podcast giving financial aid administrators insights into the most pressing management and leadership issues.
 
USACollegeChat is a weekly podcast for parents and high school students about the world of college options hosted by Regina Paul and Marie Segares. USACollegeChat is a program of Policy Studies in Education, a non-profit organization with over 40 years of success in engaging parents and school boards in K-12 education. For more information, including detailed show notes with links to all the colleges mentioned in each episode, visit http://usacollegechat.org/. Connect with us! Follow us on F ...
 
The source for college financial aid strategies. Tips on how to find and apply for scholarships and how to avoid student loan debt.
 
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Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie reconnect after a live episode in Orlando last month, and recap the closing session from the 2019 National Conference, which focused on questions that will shape the future of student aid. Justin walks us through the recent repeal of the gainful employment regulations and what it me ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:03) In this week’s news, an article from The Atlantic, “College Sports Are Affirmative Action for Rich White Students” by Saahil, Desai. African American males are known to dominate college football and basketball, but according to Desai, this is not a true reflection of who has access to college sports. It was ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Applying Early Action can give you a distinct advantage in the college application process. An Early Decision application, if you’ve prepare for it properly, can also boost your chances of success with the #1 college on your list. In this episode, Jason shares insights on how to use both effectively and helps you determine which one is better i ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:36) In this week’s news, a NY Times article “4 Years of College, $0 in Debt: How Some Countries Make Higher Education Affordable” by Lara Takenaga of the New York Times. Student debt in the US has reached $1.5 trillion while many recent graduates in other countries have graduated debt free. Takenaga’s article s ...…
 
This is a special episode of the College Admissions Toolbox podcast in collaboration with the Your College Bound Kid podcast where we discuss extracurriculars, the recent college admissions scandal, and more. Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resource ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Winning at college these days is almost as tough as winning at professional golf. In golf, a very small difference in performance can have a HUGE result on the outcome. And, when planning for college, every little edge you can find can work to your advantage. Even a 2% or 3% difference can make ALL the difference in your reaching your goals! In ...…
 
In this episode of "Off The Cuff," Justin, Allie, Stephen, and Megan come to you live from the 2019 NASFAA National Conference in Orlando! Holding a live podcast recording at the annual conference has become a tradition and a way for NASFAA staff to catch up with members, and engage in a fun and relaxed conversation after a day full of informat ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (8:09) In this week’s news, a Philadelphia Magazine article “Teenagers are More Stressed Than Ever. Who’s to Blame?” by Tom McGrath. McGrath suggests that affluent parents play a large roll in teens who report that they are stressed all the time. As good hearted as their intentions may be, McGrath is saying that t ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Winning at college these days is almost as tough as winning at professional golf. In golf, a very small difference in performance can have a HUGE result on the outcome. And, when planning for college, every little edge you can find can work to your advantage. Even a 2% or 3% difference can make ALL the difference in your reaching your goals! In ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:30) In this week’s news, an Atlantic article “How to Rank College Ranking Sites” by Will Dix. Dix does an outstanding job of highlighting the fact that there is a huge market for college rankings and he goes on to list and describe 13 ranking sites that families use amongst the various rankings that are availab ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
There’s a lot of information that goes into college applications, both for admissions and for scholarships. But there are three key areas colleges are really looking for in their ideal applicants. Getting these few essential items right can make all the difference in your outcomes. In this episode, Jason shows you what those three areas are so ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie dig into NASFAA's recent research consumer testing the College Financing Plan, and give a sneak peek of what to expect for our live recording in Orlando. Plus, Allie gives an overview of two student loan-focused hearings that happened in the House this week, while Megan shares some insights ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (5:47) In this week’s news, an Atlantic article “Does is Really Matter Where You Go to College?” by Derek Thompson. Applying to the most elite institutions is highly stressful for so many people because they feel it’s the only way to get the absolute top notch instruction, to get connected to prestigious alumni an ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
The college selection process is one of the most difficult and most stressful parts of the planning process. Unfortunately, when it comes to mapping out potential college choices, 9 out of 10 people do things incorrectly. In this episode, Jason shows you why that happens and how you can approach building your college list the right way so you c ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:28) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Colleges have been under pressure to admit needier kids. It’s backfiring”, by Catherine Rampell. A pair of university professors from Stanford and the University of Virginia have studied the disadvantages of schools who user certain “economic opportunity” ...…
 
This is a special episode of College Admissions Toolbox in collaboration with Statement Guru podcast where we compare and contrast undergraduate college admissions essays and graduate school personal statements, the recent college admissions scandal, and more. Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Have you ever wondered which route was better, AP classes or dual enrollment? The answer may surprise you. Join Jason as he uncovers the differences between each option and shares the real reasons why one is more popular than another. If you're weighing the benefits and burdens of adding more rigor to your student's work load, this episode will ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie are joined by Maylene Rodriguez Scott, the 2019 Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) policy intern. The group talks about a recent announcement from the Department of Education (ED) on gainful employment previously-delayed disclosure requirements that will be going into effect on July 1, 2019. Mega ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:22) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Temple University Settles Suit Over Fudged Data on MBA Ranking”, by Kelsey Gee. Temple agrees to pay nearly $5.5 million to current and former business school students after the university acknowledged that their online MBA program’s top spot in a nationwi ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
College is expensive and to combat the burden of student loan debt, colleges and universities are starting to offer alternative options to students with up front money in exchange for a cut of their future earnings. Jason explores the details of these Income Share Agreements in this episode and shares with you everything you need to know to see ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie cover a lot of ground catching up on the latest news in DC. First, Megan catches us up on a fix lawmakers are voting on to fix the "kiddie tax" issue that surfaced last week, as a provision in the Republicans' tax overhaul that raised the tax rate on unearned income, and inadvertently impact ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (4:20) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “Non-degree badges are booming, are they useful?”, by Matt Krupnick. While there is a general consensus on what a college degree represents, there is confusion over new online credentials and if they are useful to employers and job seekers. Thousands of creden ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Everyone knows you’re supposed to save for college and save for retirement, but like a lot of other things related to planning for your future, nobody tells you exactly WHAT to do to get the best results. In this episode, Jason describes the benefits and burdens of several popular college savings accounts, including 529 Plans, custodial account ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (4:43) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Oberlin, University of Chicago and Other Elite Colleges Extend Application Deadlines”, by Melissa Korn. Schools are claiming to extend their application deadlines to ensure that all students have an opportunity to apply, however Korn suggests that this is ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
The world is changing so fast today that having a college education alone may not be enough to help ensure that our children are successful. As parents, we need to be aware of another type of education that could be just as important for their future development. In this episode, Jason shares some ideas on how to make sure your children's educa ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, and Allie discuss some questions that came up following the news that ED had hired a private company to assess the federal student loan portfolio. Megan catches us up on new projections from the Congressional Budget Office that show the federal student loan program running a deficit, and Allie gives a ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:52) In this week’s news, a Hechinger Report article “America’s colleges struggle to envision the future of diversity on campus”, by Laura Pappano. What’s really on the table is the dicey matter of how diversity gets measured – and even now, what exactly it is. Should someone’s race, socio economic status, gende ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
It’s no secret that college has become super competitive over the last 10 years or so. It’s not enough to just have good grades and a strong SAT or ACT score. Students also have to have rigor to show that they’re challenging themselves academically. But, if your student is struggling to manage their work load or if you’re unsure if you should s ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie dive into the House fiscal year 2020 funding proposal and the historic increases for student aid included in the bill, which next moves to the full appropriations committee. Justin and Megan analyze a recent move from FSA to hire a private firm to evaluate the student loan portfolio ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (6:33) In this week’s news, a Forbes article “6 Terms to Stop Using in College Admissions”, by Brennan Barnard. Barnard surveys admissions professionals about terms they feel should stop being used either because of their overusage or misconstrued understanding. Mark and Anika have a spirited and at times, “humoro ...…
 
This is a special episode of College Admissions Toolbox in collaboration with the College Admissions with Mark and Anna podcast where we discuss the recent college admissions scandal, extracurriculars, and more. Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resou ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Everyone wants the most free money for college possible, right? College is expensive and every little bit helps. But, is applying for private scholarships really worth it? In this episode, Jason shares with you the truth about private scholarships and how they affect financial aid. If you're looking for ways to make college more affordable, thi ...…
 
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This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin, Megan, Stephen, and Allie analyze the discussion from a recent policy event in Washington during which a senior Department of Education official weighed in on school closures and how the triad can work to improve the process. The group discusses new developments in the 2020 presidential election, including S ...…
 
In this episode you will hear: (3:47) In this week’s news, a Wall Street Journal article “Hackers Breach College-Applicant Databases and Seek Ransom”, by Douglas Belkin and Melissa Korn. Hackers were recently able to reset college staff member passwords to get data on prospective students and attempt to sell it back to them for the sticker pric ...…
 
Email me at Steve@CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com with any questions. I'm here for you. Visit CollegeAdmissionsToolbox.com for free resources on the college admission process.
 
Whether it’s a matter of people having more money than they have good sense, or people just being ignorant of how to beat to colleges at their own game, pushing the limits of what’s right to get your kids into college is never a good idea. There are far too many ways to take advantage of what’s already available in the way of proven strategies ...…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Megan, Stephen, and Allie dig into the Department of Education's recent and unexpected guidance on financial aid award notifications. The group also discusses two new reports out this week focusing on the two PLUS Loan programs for graduate/professional students and parents. While one argues there's a way to help cu ...…
 
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