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Financial Literacy

Understanding your Financial Aid Offer

Listen to the “Understanding your Financial Aid Offer” Podcast Series to learn more about understanding your financial aid offer letter and tools to help you plan your college expenses. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard tool, best practices to complete the FAFSA®, and how the CFPB’s Grad Path tool can help you plan your college expenses. We spoke with experts at the U.S. Department of Education, and CFPB who have experience helping families navigate paying for college and finding their academic fit. Tune in to learn more!

Part 1: Using College Scorecard to find your Academic Fit

For this episode, we spoke with Brian Fu, a Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, about the Department of Education’s College Scorecard tool and how it can be used to search and compare higher education opportunities. This episode will also discuss the importance of finding the right “academic fit” when searching for a program.

Part 2: What to know when filling out the FAFSA

During the second episode in this series, we met with Fred Stennis, Supervisor and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Education, to talk about what to know before, during, and after completing the FAFSA®. This episode also covered tips and best practices for using federal financial aid to complete your higher education goals.

Part 3: Using the CFPB’s Grad Path Tool to Help with College Decision-making

For the third and final episode of this series, we spoke with Kate Mullan, Policy Analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, to discuss the Grad Path tool and how it can be used to compare programs, assess funding needs (or surplus), and create a financial plan for the academic year.

Financial InTuition

The Financial inTuition podcast focuses on a variety of topics pertaining to saving and paying for higher education, managing money, and repaying student loan debt. Our team will share interviews with financial practitioners, students and recent graduates, family members and young adults that have successfully managed their money and repaid their student loan debt.

Managing Your Student Loans

Listen to the “Managing Your Student Loans” podcast series to learn more about managing student loans and money while in college, the VBA GI Bill® Comparison Tool and Your Financial Path to Graduation Tool, and postgraduate degree repayment options. We spoke with a current college student, the VBA’s Executive Director of Education Service, and a medical resident who have a wealth of knowledge and real-life experiences managing money as a young adult and postgraduate degree professional. Tune in to learn more!

Part 1: Managing Student Loans and Money while in College

For this episode, we spoke with Aaron Satyanarayana, an undergraduate student, about how he manages money while working towards graduation. This episode discusses tips and tools to help make good decisions around paying for college and managing money while enrolled as a student.

Part 2: Discussing the Veterans Benefits Administration’s (VBA) GI Bill® Comparison Tool and CFPB’s Your Financial Path to Graduation Tool

During the second episode in this series, we met with Charmain Bogue, Executive Director of Education Service for the Veterans Benefits Administration, to discuss tools to help veterans, servicemembers, and their qualified family members with making decisions about financing their education and selecting an educational institution to attend.

Part 3: Postgraduate Degree Repayment Options

For the third and final episode of this series, we spoke with Dr. Bridget Peters, a family medicine resident, about tips and best practices for managing money and postgraduate student loan debt as a young professional.

Managing Your Money

Listen to the “Managing Your Money” podcast series to find out more about financing your future and paying for higher education, managing money as a young adult and understanding and protecting your credit. We spoke with three experts who have a wealth of knowledge and practical experience helping young adults navigate these financial areas. Tune in to learn more!

Part 1: Financing Your Future and How to Pay for Higher Education

During this episode, we spoke with Susan Bistransin, a National Board-Certified teacher of family and consumer sciences from Prince George’s County, Maryland with 34 years of teaching experience, including 24 years of teaching financial literacy, to discuss how students can prepare for life after high school. This episode includes tips for creating a plan to pay for higher education, finding a school that is the right fit, alternatives to going to college, and more.

Part 2: Managing Money As a Young Adult

During part 2 of the “Managing Your Money” podcast series, we met with Ryan Law, AFC®, CFP®, to discuss tips and tools for managing your finances while in school, budgeting, opening a checking and saving account, compound interest, and more.

Part 3: Understanding and Protecting Your Credit

For the 3rd and final episode of this series, we spoke with Melinda Croes, Training Institute manager for the Credit Builders Alliance, about understanding and protecting your credit along with the function of nationwide credit bureaus and credit reports, how credit scores are calculated, how to build credit and more.