Episode 1 – Introduction to Taming the High Cost of College
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
An introduction to what “Taming the High Cost of College” is about as well as information about your host Brad Baldridge.
Episode 2 – Need-Based Financial Aid Part 1
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Financial aid can be very confusing for families. Have no fear – Brad is here! Learn today about the differences between need-based aid and merit-based aid as well as how your expected contribution is calculated.
Episode 3 – Need-Based Financial Aid Part 2
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Now that you know what you are expected to contribute to pay for college, let’s talk about the 6 different federal financial aid programs that are available. Brad breaks down what each of them are and the special rules attached to using them.
Episode 4 – ACT/SAT Test Planning Tips
Featuring: Kreigh Knerr
Knerr is the owner of Knerr Learning Center. He gives some great information on what families should be doing to prepare for these high-stakes tests. One of the most popular options is to hire a tutor – but how do you get the best? Listen here to find out now!
Featuring: Kim Stezala
Just back from a scholarship conference, Kim shares all the news that’s fit to print about where to start the scholarship process, where to find scholarships, and more! She is the author of “Scholarships 101: Real World Guide to Cash for College” and has a Scholarship Success SM Bootcamp available to make this critical step of applying for scholarships easy peasy.
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
The formula for need-based financial aid is set and merit-based aid isn’t going to be awarded to everyone. So what do you do if you don’t qualify for very much or any financial aid? Brad is back to share some simple tips on how to cut down on costs for the average college student. There are some great things you can do before, during, and after your college experience to make sure your new degree won’t break the bank.
Episode 7 – Recruiting the College-Bound High School Athlete
Featuring: Erik Loftdahl
According to the NCAA, a student is recruit-able as early as 7th or 8th grade. If your child is serious about taking their game to the next level, Erik Loftdahl recommends looking into hiring a recruiting specialist. Parents can play a key role in the recruiting process, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to offer your child the best chance to pursue their athletic dreams.
Featuring: Linda Katz
2.4 million students are diagnosed with disabilities and receive services and only 37% graduate from college. Challenge those odds with expert advice from Linda Katz. In this episode, learn over a dozen tips and get great ideas on how to best prepare before and during college for students with disabilities. Between accommodations, services, and comprehensive programs there is a lot of support available if you know where to look!
Episode 9 – Tax Planning for College
Featuring: Tim Nolan
Tim Nolan, a local CPA, knows strategies when it comes to college. He will explain the American Opportunity Credit and tip for business owners. Nolan Accounting Center is a family business that has been in service for 48 years. They assist small business owners and individuals with their tax returns, but today he is here to help you! Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity!
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
In this action packed episode, our very own Brad Baldridge gives away to you not 1, not 2, but 5 last minute FAFSA tips! In an extra bonus, he also reveals the top 10 financial aid mistakes that families often make. You can not afford to miss this information! Listen in now and save money.
Episode 11 – College Planning and Divorce
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Divorce doesn’t have to interfere with college. With careful planning, your student can still apply for financial aid and have a fantastic experience going off to a great college. What do you need to do? Relax, we have all the details you need to know right in this episode.
Episode 12 – Saving and Investing for College
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
What’s the best way to save for college? With so many options out there, it is easy to become confused. Don’t be! Brad goes over the different options available to you and makes it as easy as 1, 2, 3. Keep in mind that depending upon your tax situation, your best bet might be different. Take what you learn here and see a tax/legal/investment professional to find the perfect plan for your family.
Episode 13 – 8 Components of College Planning & Test Case
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Here is your roadmap to college! Get this step-by-step guide to easy college planning from our expert, Brad. We also share what these steps look like in action with a family that might be similar to yours. Stop worrying and start planning
Episode 14 – What Is A Scholarship?
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Today’s episode is all about scholarships- what they are and how to win them. Our host Brad Baldridge gives you a simple explanation of some of the types of scholarships out there and follows that up with how to pursue scholarships. If free money for college that doesn’t need to be paid back sounds great to you, you can’t miss this episode!
Episode 15 – Offer Letters and the Appeal Process
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Imagine getting those letters in the mail from your top 5 colleges. Now what do you do with them? Learn all about the differences between acceptance and offer letters and how to leverage those offers against each other to get the best deal on college! There are a few questions that students can ask and ways to get a better offer on tuition.
Episode 16 – Es(say) It Right! College Essay Writing Tips
Featuring: Christina Craig
Time to tackle the essay! Don’t get stressed by this piece of the application process. Christina Craig is here to turn this usually dreaded task into a fun highlight of applying to colleges. With some top tips and answers to basic questions that bog down many students from having the best essay they could, you need to listen in!
Episode 17 – Career 100: Helping the Undecided Find a Career
Featuring: Felicia Gopaul
We’re excited to bring you another great show, which includes an interview with Felicia Gopaul, founder and creator of the “Career 100” podcast. This features interviews with professionals in the top 100 careers. The aim for Gopaul is to help undecided students entering college choose a major to help them save time and money.
Episode 18 – Virtual Campus Tours, Real Benefits!
Featuring: Chris Carson
Today’s show features a great way to visit many college campuses without ever leaving your home. Chris Carson is the founder and President of CampusTours.com, which features hundreds of virtual tours you can take of campuses across the country. It’s never going to be a replacement for the real thing, but it can help you with your choices or if you are unable to go on the actual campus visit. Get ready to visit a college right on your computer.
Episode 18.5 – Boarding School Bound
Featuring: Justin Muchnick
Before going off to college, your child has to get through high school. Have you considered boarding school? Our guest today, Justin Muchnick, decided in 7th grade that he was interested in an alternative to the traditional high school. Here he shares everything he learned and put together into his book, “The Boarding School Survival Guide”. Take an inside look into the usually private world of boarding schools- it might just be the right fit for your student!
Episode 19 – Surviving the College Application Process
Featuring: Lisa Bleich
Lisa Bleich actually wrote the book “Surviving the College Application Process”, so she clearly is an expert on the subject! In this episode you will learn about the “angular” student, financing for college as a family, what role parents should play in the application process, and so much more. Quit surviving and start thriving!
Episode 20 – The Write Stuff – Acing The College Essay
Featuring: Elizabeth Benedict
Don’t stress the essay! Elizabeth Benedict and her company Don’t Sweat the Essay, mentor students through the essay process and we’re thrilled to talk to her in this show. Her titles also include novelist, college writing instructor along with business owner, and she shares her thoughts on how to set yourself up for success when it comes to putting it into word.
Episode 21 – Is Your Financial Advisor Ready For College?
Featuring: Troy Onink
More than 90% of financial advisors do not have a good grasp on late stage planning for college, which is far more complicated than planning for retirement. You will lose money if your financial advisor is not up to speed! Certified financial planner specializing in late stage financial planning Troy Onink is our guest today. He developed specialized software called SmartSearch for financial advisors allows them to assess and identify their client’s financial picture in order to make clear choices in planning for college.
Episode 22 – Kids, College, and Credit
Featuring: Deacon Hayes
Deacon Hayes joins us today, and we’re talking about how you can help your student handle credit, even before they hold their first credit card in their hand. Deacon writes the Well Kept Wallet blog, and while he’s been a financial planner, he was first a newlywed with $52,000 in debt (not including the mortgage) – a debt he erased in about 18 months. He felt the need to help families struggling with debt and tight finances rather than the wealthy clients he had been seeing, so he created the blog to answer questions, offer tips, and plans to lead people out of debt.
Episode 23 – Writing Successful College Applications
Featuring: Cynthia Muchnick
There are so many important parts to a college application which can vary from school to school as well- so how can you keep them all straight? College admissions professional and author Cynthia Muchnick joins us to talk about her book, “Writing Successful College Applications: It’s More Than Just the Essay” and we discuss what not to overlook, and how to use the book to set yourself up for success. Everything you need to know about a winning college application is right here!
Episode 24 – Game Plan: Athletic Scholarships
Featuring: David Frank
Your child could be the next Michael Phelps! David Frank, VP of Athnet Sports Recruiting, is here to discuss how that process of earning an athletic scholarship has evolved and what you can do to raise the potential for your student. He’s been in the business for about 15 years, and saw the evolution of communicating with coaches go from emails to online profiles.
Episode 25 – Get Your Student LinkedIn to College Success
Featuring: Nile Nickel
Don’t miss this must-have tool for students! LinkedIn is the premier way to network, build a business, and find a job. If your student doesn’t have a profile yet, they need one today! Nile Nickel is here with everything you need to know about setting up a LinkedIn profile and all the benefits of using this social-media platform.
Episode 26 – Right At Home, In School
Featuring: Beverly Burgess
Homeschool is becoming an ever increasing trend. With lackluster public options or unaffordable private schools as the only choices, lots of families are choosing what our guest Beverly Burgess has decided to do and bringing school home. Her oldest child is off to college and she explains the slightly different path that a homeschooled child will take to get to their destination of a university.
Episode 27 – ACT/SAT Test Prep Tips
Featuring: Josh Stephens
Here is the secret weapon of getting into competitive colleges- test prep! The scores a student submits from the ACT or SAT can make or break admissions into their chosen college. We’re fortunate to talk with Josh Stephens, who counsels students around the world to navigate through the process of preparing and taking these exams. Josh also explains how students who are living around the globe, either as expatriates or foreign nationals, may have additional hurdles compared to their stateside counterparts.
Episode 28 – Taking a Gap Year
Featuring: Holly Bull
Is your child considering a break between high school and college? Holly Bull was a student who did just that and she now counsels students on how they too can do the same. More than just “taking a break,” Holly tells us how one year (or even just a semester) spent away from the formal college environment can help students be even more prepared to enter college or a career.
Episode 29 – 6 Types of Colleges and How They Impact Pricing
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Pick the best college for your bottom line. In this episode, Brad is back to share his classification system for different colleges and universities. There are six total, but which one is best for your family? He gives you all the specifics to help you find what you can afford, and it might not be what you think!
Episode 30 – College Planner, College Parent
Featuring: Joel Saul-Sehy
Today’s guest is financial planner and father of twins Joel Saul-Sehy and boy does he have advice you need to hear. Joel was in a unique position to be on both sides of the financial coin- planning for college AND paying for it, but times two! He shares his experience with us including what he would have done differently and three quick tips that will make your life easier.
Episode 31 – Major Decisions, Career Choices
Featuring: Grant Baldwin
Changing a major costs major money! Make sure your student chooses the right major or career path for themselves by listening to our show today. We’re talking with Grant Baldwin, who is a speaker, author and entrepreneur and his expertise is in helping students answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
Episode 32 – Can You Plan for Retirement AND College?
Featuring: Roger Whitney
You can have it all! “The Retirement Answer Man” Roger Whitney stops by to share how to plan for retirement with college down the line. Should you build your net worth now, start saving for college, or something else? Listen now and find out.
Episode 33 – Test Prep for a Higher Score
Featuring: Lauren Gaggioli
Save money now by investing in test prep. Lauren Gaggioli, founder and CEO of Higher Scores Test Prep, has been able to see dramatic increases in ACT/SAT test scores by teaching students a few important test taking tips. Even if your child has test anxiety, what Lauren has to say will be a huge benefit!
Episode 34 – Financial Advice for Teens
Featuring: Eva Baker
Eva Baker is a homeschooled senior in high school that is operating her own blog “Teens Got Cents”. What started as a simple assignment from her mom and blossomed into a part-time job to support Eva attending college. She discovered there were not alot of resources out there to teach teens about money management and now she regularly speaks at colleges and teaches other teens how to be money smart. Want to create your own income like Eva? Hear how she did it, and you can too, in this episode.
Featuring: David Galehouse
Don’t be filled with regret. David Galehouse created Varsity Edge in an effort to save high school athletes the stress and confusion he himself suffered. It includes all the information for parents and students that he wished he had available to him when he was a student athlete. Even highly recruited students need help and David is here to give it.
Episode 36 – How to Avoid Being a Helicopter Parent
Featuring: Joanie Connell
Do you want your children to experience success? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a parenting manual out there to help you guide your child into a successful college experience and career? Joanie Connell has written just such a book and shares her wisdom in this podcast!
Episode 37 – My Daughter’s Gap Year
Featuring: Kurt and Audrey Jacobsen
Today’s show is a double whammy- we are talking with Kurt and Audrey Jacobsen to get a firsthand account of what it is like for a student to take a gap year. Wondering if a gap year is the way to go? Get both the parent and student’s perspectives here.
Episode 38 – Insights Into Majoring in the Performing Arts
Featuring: Alexis Amarante
A performing arts major is different in a lot of ways, but Alexis Amarante is living her dream doing it! She initially entered college with an undecided major. Her sophomore year she knew where her heart belonged and auditioned for her university’s performing arts program. She shares everything she has learned and experienced in our episode today to make it clear what to expect when pursuing a performing arts degree.
Episode 39 – Divorce and College Planning
Featuring: Sandy Durst
Seperated or divorced parents can still work together to plan and finance college. Just ask family law attourney Sandy Durst, which we did in our show! With over 16 years of experience, Sandy shares a few scenarios with us and helps explain how a changing financial landscape can impact what parents are even able to contribute.
Episode 40 – How to Get Into and Afford Ivy League Schools
Featuring: Elizabeth Dankoski
What is your child’s distinguishing factor? Not sure? Our guest today is considered an educational pathfinder- Elizabeth Dankoski works with families and students that are applying to elite colleges. She specializes in helping students find and develop their distinguishing factor, which has quickly become the determinant between being accepted or reject from the top tier universities. Don’t miss this free opportunity to learn all about it!
Episode 41 – Finding the Right Roommate! Text Books: Buy or Rent?
Featuring: Justin Gaither
Imagine being able to pick your college roommate, or at least help choose one for your child. With RoomSurf.com, you can! The creator of the fantastic service, as well as TextSurf to price compare textbooks, Justin Gaither is at the mic discussing all the benefits of being able to choose the perfect roommate before arriving at your dorm. He has some great tips on what parents can do too!
Episode 42 – ROTC Scholarships and Careers
Featuring: Captain Orlandon Howard
The #1 leadership development program you are missing out on is our topic for today with U.S. Army Captain Orlandon Howard. He gives us the 411 on ROTC financial incentives, what to expect with the program, career opportunities beyond college, and more!
Episode 43 – How to Help Your Student Win Scholarships!
Featuring: Monica Mathews
“The Scholarship Mom” Monica Mathews earned her nickname by figuring out the secret to winning scholarships. Her son was able to graduate from college debt-free! Listen in as she gives us a free seminar on how to win college scholarships.
Episode 44 – How to Reduce Stress During the College Process
Featuring: Dr. Ken Nedd
According to Dr. Ken Nedd, “The impact of happiness on health is amazing.” While the college planning process can be stressful, there are things you can do to help mitigate that stress. Dr. Nedd helps us all by defining stress and giving tips on how both adults and students can deal with it in our interview today.
Episode 45 – Hashtag Chats and the College Money Talk
Featuring: Jodi Okun
It’s time for “the talk”. Luckily, Jodi Okun is giving it right here, right now! Talking about finances isn’t everyone’s favorite topic, but it has to be done between parents and children. Get prepared for what you will need to know about “the talk” in this episode with the founder and president of College Financial Aid Advisors, Jodi Okun.
Episode 46 – Benefits of GI Bills to Pay For College
Featuring: Barrett Bogue
From the Office of Education Services at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, we have Barrett Bogue today to teach us about the GI Bill. Here’s the news you have been looking for on everything about this entitlement program; how to get it, where to use it, and what you have been missing out on!
Episode 47 – Habits of “A” Students and Preparing For College
Featuring: Karen Southall Watts
We found the formula! Our guest Karen Southall Watts stops by today to give you the exact habits of strong college students. Students that do great in high school don’t always transition well into college. If you’re a parent of a college-bound student (or are thinking about going back to get your own degree!), you are going to need these tips!
Featuring: Eric Tivers
Believe in your child’s skills, but never stop improving! Eric Tivers is an ADHD/ADD expert and licensed clinical social worker that has been helping students with ADHD/ADD or on the Autism spectrum succeed with college. Here is what you need to know about being successful in college with an ADHD diagnosis.
Episode 49 – College Scholars and Athletics
Featuring: Shea Groom
Does your child dream of playing sports professionally? What is that like in college? Find out from Shea Groom who is a professional soccer play with FC Kansas City. She goes into detail of what life was like for a college athlete, the difference between in season and off season, and gives great advice to families of athletes.
Episode 50 – How Sleep Connects to Success in College
Featuring: Dr. Tracey Marks
5 ways for your teen to get more sleep are in today’s show. Having a private practice for over 16 years taught Dr. Tracey Marks a thing or two about the positive and negative effects of sleep. She began to notice a connection between lack of sleep and disorganization. Growing teens have shifting body clocks, but you can do something to help!
Episode 51 – Consolidating and Paying Off Student Loans
Featuring: Andrew Josuweit
Don’t make these student debt mistakes! As the CEO of Student Loan Hero, Andrew Josuweit has helped heal some financial horror stories. He delves into the specifics of what NOT to do when considering how to pay for college and also has some great advice for every parent of a student on their way to college.
Featuring: Ryan Grey
Is there a doctor in the house?! Fellow podcaster Ryan Grey (check out Medical School HQ podcast!) shares on this episode how to best prepare for medical school. Get your student from MCAT to M.D. with Ryan’s insight on the path through medical school.
Episode 53 – Maintaining Health and Wellness Through College
Featuring: Jaison Greene
Parents, we are talking to you today. Jaison Greene is here to discuss the very important life lesson of living healthy and mindfully. This foundation is set when children are young, but it is never too late to make positive changes. Jaison has healthy living tips to help prevent the freshmen 15 and what you can do to make sure your child doesn’t turn to food as a means of dealing with the stress of school.
Episode 54 – Tips on Organization and Time Management
Featuring: Cena Block
This ultimate guide to time management is brought to you by Cena Block, an organization and time management expert. The best way to help kids learn time management skills is to live them- and here is how you can do it almost instantly!
Episode 55 – Culinary School and the Food Industry
Featuring: Ryan Parker
If your child has a gift for cooking, listen up! Ryan Parker, great podcaster and culinary education expert, maps out the process of getting into and succeeding after culinary school. Parker finds work no matter where he lives because everyone everywhere has to eat! Hear about all the culinary options out there from weekend classes to full university degrees in our show today.
Episode 56 – Maintaining Relationships Through the College Years
Featuring: Susie Miller
Susie Miller stops by our show to share the secret to building better relationships with your teenager. It is your job to prepare your teenager for being away at college, but that is no easy task. Check out what Susie shares on how to successfully support your growing child while still maintaining your position as parent.
Episode 57 – Communicating Effectively
Featuring: John Fuedo
When professionals run into problems with communication, they talk to our guest today John Feudo. Author of “I’d Rather Eat Live Spiders,” he consults all over the world on how to be a successful public speaker. He shares some easy tactics a student can use to set themselves apart in a positive way through college and into their career.
Featuring: Roger Dooley
No expert knows everything about college. Roger Dooley learned this the hard way while putting his own children through the college application process. So he created www.collegeconfidential.com which includes message forums so parents and students can learn about an area for free! Hear more about the can’t-be-missed advantages of college confidential now!
Episode 59 – Starting a Business in College
Featuring: Kate Steadman and Sharon Bui
You need this advice from Kate Steadman and Sharon Bui on becoming an entrepreneur. These ladies successfully launched a business while still in college and appeared on the hit show “Shark Tank”. Get their insider tips on how they turned something they saw a need for into their own business enterprise on our episode today!
Episode 60 – How to Stand Out When Writing Your College Essay
Featuring: Steve Schwartz
You don’t have to pay for this session with Professional College Admissions Counselor Steve Schwartz – we got it for you for free! Here is the list you need of how to set your application apart from the rest and really get noticed at your dream college. Steve even shares the biggest mistakes that parents make and you can’t afford to miss it!
Episode 61 – Being a Collegepreneur
Featuring: Sandra Noonan
The cost of college is on the rise, but wages for college graduates are declining. According to James Altucher, college isn’t even worth it anymore. But our guest Sandra Noonan thinks that is flat wrong! She is here talking about becoming a collegepreneur in order to launch themselves into the life they want. Don’t let college be a bust for you- use it to your advantage with what Sandra has to say today.
Episode 62 – College Test Prep Interview
Featuring: Jean Burk
PSAT, SAT, or ACT? Get all your testing questions answered by Jean Burk, professional SAT instructor, in this episode. She covers everything from when to start studying to how to prepare on test day. When higher scores mean more free money, you can’t afford to miss what she has to say!
Episode 63 – Understanding the Admissions Process
Featuring: Lydia Fayal
Lydia Fayal is the co-founder of Admitsee.com where high school students can connect with a current student at their dream school. Get advice, application tips, and help on your essays from someone that was already accepted! What else can you get from this amazing site? Tune in to find out!
Featuring: Dr. Joie Jager-Hyman
Ivy league schools have a slightly different protocol compared to other colleges. Dr. Joie Jager-Hyman shares the inside scoop with you right now on what will make the difference for you to be accepted at these elite universities! Here is everything you need to know in order to set up your application to one of these top tier schools for success.
Episode 65 – Writing Quality Essays
Featuring: Ethan Sawyer
You can thank us later for these great tips from The College Essay Guy Ethan Sawyer on writing quality essays! He gives some special pointers to parents in this short episode as well as easy ideas you can use immediately to help bring your essays to the next level. Essays are known to being able to make the difference between accepted and reject on an application – don’t waste another minute without Ethan’s advice!
Episode 66 – Tips on How Undecided Students Can Choose a Major
Featuring: Kat Clowes
As an undecided major herself, author Kat Clowes shares her experience and what she wishes she had known through her 10 year journey to finding her eventual career. She took all these suggestions for both parents and students and put them into a handy book! Now sure on what major to choose? Get answers from Kat Clowes on what parents and students can do to figure it out in today’s show.
Episode 67 – Using StatFuse to Better the Odds of Admissions
Featuring: Jeet Benerjee
Stop guessing and start winning. Co-founder of StatFuse, Jeet Banerjee, describes this site as, “An online application that helps high school and community college students with the college admissions process.” Which is AMAZING! Learn how to take this complicated and stressful process and make it as easy as 1, 2, 3. Students are told what their strengths and weaknesses are on their application as well as the likelihood of acceptance at the universities of their choice. You no longer have to wonder what university your student might get into, and what that might cost – use StatFuse and take the guessing out of it!
Episode 68 – How to Help Your College Student Build Their Credit
Featuring: Ty Crandall
The best advice you could ever get about your credit score comes from Ty Crandall in this episode right here. Even better, we have proven ways to help your college student to build their own credit score for you too! Get this indroduction to a FICO score, how parents can help their college student, and pitfalls to avoid (so you or your student don’t ruin your credit forever!) from this buisness credit expert and CEO of Credit Suite before it’s too late.
Episode 70 – Impact of Grief on Planning for College
Featuring: Natalia Volz
Today’s guest Natalia Volz uses her own experience to explain the process of grief, commonly due to death or divorce, and how to still successfully plan for college. Will you need to take a year or two off? Do you need to continue straight through into college? We have the information you need to get through this difficult time and to still be planning for your future.
Featuring: Sharise Kent
5 easy ways to turn an internship into a career are here! Sharise Kent, asuthor of “The Internship Manual: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting the Internship of Your Dreams”, reveals the where, what, and why of internships to our listeners today. Why should an employer hire you over someone else? Do something your future self will thank you for and listen to Sharise Kent’s interview.
Episode 72 – Science Competitions and Robotics Scholarships
Featuring: Michael Vawter
Extracurricular activities create opportunity for free money for college! Take it from Michael Vawter – he earned over $500,000 in scholarships and had his pick of colleges all from getting involved with an extracurricular activity he fell in love with. Vawter has now started the Robot Academy and helps to inspire students of all ages to participate in science competitions.
Episode 73 – What it Takes to Get Into the Ivy League
Featuring: Elizabeth Heaton
Reach for the stars! The admissions process for college can be intimidating, especially if you are considering an ivy league school. Former admissions officer, and current Vice President and educational consultant for College Coach, Elizabeth Heaton helps you understand the process of how to get into a school and what school to go for in this interview. Don’t make some simple mistakes that could cost you your admission to you dream school!
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
Get organized in these 4 important areas for a smooth college planning process with help from our host, Brad Baldridge! Visit plan, test plan, scholarship plan, and the financial plan are critical elements to getting off to college successfully- so are you ready? The sooner you get these 4 parts sorted out the better, but it is never too late. Take Brad’s advice today and thank yourself tomorrow.
Featuring: Deborah Owen
Teen Confident Performance Coach, Parent Coach, Strategic Intervention Coach, and National Board Certified Teacher Deborah Owen visits with us today to share the advice you need to help your teen use social media effectively for college and to de-stress the application process for both parents and children. Colleges are checking online more and more- so you absolutely must avoid these common internet mistakes.
Episode 76 – Get Recruited! Understanding College Athletics
Featuring: Jon Fugler
Get the most out of sports and scholarships! Jon Fugler created the site Recruit-me.com to help ease the minds of both parents and students that have their eye on athletic scholarships. Do everything you can to get the most for your student and take Jon’s advice in today’s episode about being recruited.
Episode 77 – Why College Students Should Work
Featuring: Robert Farrington
One of the leading causes of not investing or saving for the future is student loan debt. America’s Millennial Money Expert Robert Farrington shares the benefits of working through college in this episode with some great work ideas and the impact on your life after earning that degree.
Episode 78 – 3 Ways to Make the Most of Your College Visit
Featuring: Kathryn Clowes
What do you want to be when you grow up? Everyone has been asked that in their life, but Kathryn Clowes shares today how to help students answer that! Use your 4 years of college to your advantage and launch yourself into the career of your dreams by following Kathyn’s 3 great tips.
Episode 79 – What is Your Test Strategy?
Featuring: Alexis Avila
Former guidance counselor Alexis Avila is an expert on high stakes testing and the creator of Prepped and Polished tutoring services. Are you stressed about taking the ACT or SAT? Don’t be! Get a breakdown of the new ACT/SAT tests and the simple secret to amazing essays in this episode.
Featuring: Dr. Tawna Schmidt
Our show today is full of interesting facts I bet you never knew about online courses. Dr. Tawna Schmidt has been both a student and a professor working with the online medium. If the idea of being able to take classes from home sounds good to you, make sure you get this information and be fully informed before making that decision.
Featuring: Todd Weaver
Watch out for these 4 common mistakes! Vice President at Strategies for College Todd Weaver has discovered that families nororiously make these errors while planning for college: choosing a college first, planning to win lots of scholarships, having “brand name paralysis”, and waiting too long to get started are explained in this week’s show. It doesn’t have to happen to you!
Episode 82 – Get Out of College Debt Free
Featuring: Jason Lum
President of ScholarEdge, and winner of over $250,000 in scholarship funds himself, Jason Lum calls in to share his personal story of how he was able to graduate with zero debt. Get the scoop on some common misperceptions about merit-based awards, how to get ready for college, and what makes the ideal candidate for a scholarship. Listen in and give yourself or your student the extra advantage to leave college debt free.
Featuring: Bret and Tracie Shroyer
Parenting experts Bret and Tracie Shroyer have some great information in our show today about teaching kids the difficult concept of fiscal responsibility. What can you do as a parent to make sure your kids understand finances BEFORE leaving for college? Try these 3 easy suggestions working with allowance that have worked wonders for the Shroyer children!
Episode 84 – Understanding the Psych Major
Featuring: Robert Wickersham
Psychology graduate student Robert Wickersham shares his personal journey and advice with us in this episode as someone currently earning a secondary degree. He gives all the wonderful tips to our listeners that he himself learned the hard way. He especially takes the time to share with parents exactly what they need to do now in order to help their students in the future.
Episode 85 – Should Your Student Test Again As a Senior?
Featuring: Lauren Gaggiloi
We’ve invited back Lauren Gaggioli, founder of Higher Scores Test Prep, to discuss when it is a good idea to have your senior take the ACT/SAT again. If your student is particularly unmotivated, you aren’t sure how to best prepare for these new high stakes tests, or if you want specific steps parents can take to help their student pass these tests with flying colors then you can’t miss a moment of our show today!
Episode 86 – I Think My Student Likes the Sciences, Now What?
Featuring: Marie McNeely
Today’s guest is Marie McNeely. She successfully turned her high school love of science into her career and is a professor at Washington University. If your student enjoys the sciences, we have the roadmap of exactly what to do to get from high school all the way through graduate school available to you today. Let’s turn your child’s passion into their paying career!
Episode 87 – Win Scholarships Even With a Low GPA and Test Scores
Featuring: Felecia Hatcher
You can’t miss this inspirational story from Felecia Hatcher. Even though her GPA never touched a 3.0 in high school, she was able to win over $130,000 in scholarships and grants all by taking control her senior year of high school. How did she do it and how can your student do it too? Tune it and find out!
Featuring: Trace Mayer
Tweens and teenagers all over the world are earning revenue through the internet in a new way. What is it? Bitcoins! Internet saavy Trace Mayer shares today how the hottest new technology of blockchain is impacting the world and what it means for the future. Fortune 500 companies are hungry for employees that have experimented with blockchain technology, so try what Trace has to say today!
Featuring: Nathan Fox
Is your child a hard worker or high achiever? Do they like to argue? Maybe law school is the right graduate school path for them. Nathan Fox is the author of “Cheating the LSAT” and four other LSAT books. He shares his wisdom here for any family even remotely considering the idea of taking the LSAT and going on to law school. Check out his advice now and save yourself some money for later!
Episode 90 – The Untapped Gold Mine of College Fairs
Featuring: Marie Bigham
Sharing their knowledge today is Marie Bigham, a board member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling, who has come to our show to talk about the little used, and completely free, resource of college fairs. She also gives us the nitty gritty of the tons of resources available on the official NACAC website.
Featuring: Dr. Tricia Zelaya-Leon
Every college has a career office, but what do you do with it? Take a listen to Dr. Tricia Zelaya-Leon as she explains who is there and how it works. So many students are missing out on this free resource! Don’t let your student be one of them. There is so much more available than just help building a resume. It is the single best way to help determine what major would be best, network with alumni, and so many other great things that Dr. Zelaya-Leon describes for you today!
Featuring: Jillian Arany
Depression and anxiety can be a struggle for many college students. It happened to Jill Arany. Now she is about to graduate with her masters degree and has already landed her dream job after overcoming these hurdles personally. “There is a difference between being sad and being depressed,” explains Arany. She shares her story today how the death of her grandmother during her senior year of high school impacted her academics and college experience. Free help is available on campus if your child is struggling with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health issues, but many families aren’t aware and don’t know where to look. Get in the know with this episode.
Episode 93 – From High School to Law School – The Info You Need
Featuring: Adam Almaraz
The director of JD admissions at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Adam Almaraz, is on the line today to give you the top tips to an excellent admissions application. Adam answers all your burning questions about law school and then shares what makes the difference for him when deciding who to admit to this prestigious program or not. Don’t get left behind- take Adam’s advice before it’s too late!
Episode 94 – Five College Myths to Avoid
Featuring: Dr. Christopher Lewis
“The Ultimate College Blueprint” author Dr. Christopher Lewis has 5 myths about college planning that you need to STOP believing right now. One perfect college, choosing your career or major first, only being able to afford low-priced colleges, if you’ve never heard of the college it can’t be great, and putting off college until later are the five detrimental falsehoods that people are stuck believing. Not you! Listen to Dr. Lewis explain why these myths persist and what the right information is.
Episode 95 – How To Be More Successful In College
Featuring: Brian Robben
The college manual you need has been published by Brian Robben, our guest this week. This short 80 page guide to college covers all the how-to and need-to-know for students just about to begin their college journey or ones already started! It includes some simple game plans to tackle common chores like laundry and how to score the best possible class schedule. Be a book worm AND a social butterfly with “How To College” by our guest Brian Robben!
Featuring: Ellen Reaves
Just try to keep secret from your friends and family everything that you learn today! With Ellen Reaves on the show, you won’t believe how easy winning scholarships can be. She also gives us the leg up on how using LinkedIn will make your child’s hunt for a career so much easier. There is no doubt about it, you need to get on this #1 business platform and social media site. Parents, you can help launch your student into the career of their dreams AND help them win free money for college. So what are you waiting for? Get started now!
Episode 97 – College Planning with A Family Business
Featuring: Matt Miller
Before you know it, your child will be an adult. “There is so much opportunity out there today, so I challenge you to get your kids involved and give them more responsibility than you ever thought you could,” shares our speaker today Matt Miller, who owns a small family business. He shares his perspective today on how starting a side business, that eventually grew into a full time company, has exponentially benefitted his family. It gave him the chance to involve his children and to teach them hands on life lessons all from within their home. Kids are very capable if they want to be and are allowed to be, so what’s stopping you from empowering your student?
Episode 98 – Helping Teens Succeed Through Adversity
Featuring: Marc Hoberman
“Don’t let your struggles define you, you define them,” shares our speaker today Marc Hoberman. He is the author of “Search and Seizure: Overcoming Illness and Adversity.” After suddenly moving from New York to Florida during high school, Marc suffered a grand mal seizure while driving and was diagnosed with epilepsy. Hoberman tells us his story and how he came to terms with this diagnosis while still planning for college. “I am not who I am in spite of my illness, I am who I am because of my illness,” declares Hoberman.
Featuring: Sam Feeny
Your family is starting to plan for after high school, but don’t skip this critical first question- “Why are you going to college? We have college admissions coach Sam Feeney here to help you figure out how to choose the right college… for you! Parents – here is the advice you can’t afford (literally) to miss.
Episode 100 – What Parents of Juniors Need to Be Doing NOW!
Featuring: Brad Baldridge
We have our host Brad Baldridge leading the show today and giving you the tips he usually charges money for! Want this free advice? Of course you do! In our 100th episode, Brad breaks down a quick outline of what parents must be doing in order to prepare for college. The college planning process starts, at a minimum, early in the junior year of high school. You will need a test plan, scholarship plan, visit plan, and a financial plan in order to have the best strategy to get your student off to college successfully. What are these key areas all about? Brad has the knowledge and know-how right here!
Featuring: Rob Aeschbach
Looking for another college option? Rob Aeschbach swings by our show to share his personal military experience and how that impacts financial planning and paying for college. “Although it is a dangerous job in a lot of ways, it isn’t like that all the time,” notes Aeschbach. His father was in the Navy, and that inspired him to pursue attending a military academy after high school. By enlisting after graduation, he was able to attend a prestigious college with a fantastic education FOR FREE!
Episode 102 – Naturopathic Medicine – An Up and Coming Career
Featuring: Dr. Kimberly Sanders
Have you heard of naturopathic medicine? Dr. Kimberly Sanders is on the show to share how she decided to follow her dream and become this specific kind of primary care doctor. Natural solutions are very popular, but people are searching for experts in the field. “Just because something is natural doesn’t make it safe,” notes Dr. Sanders. Today you will learn about this little known medical profession that might be the right path for you!
Episode 103 – The Ugly Truth About Debt
Featuring: Travis Jennings
“Debt is a bad thing and your personal finances have to be in order,” states our guest today and creator of Debt Reduction Inc. Travis Jennings. In this episode, we learn about the problems that come along with chaining yourself to your lifestyle, which often starts late in high school. Don’t let your student fall down this slippery slope! Set them off on the right foot and make sure your own finances are clear in the process with the great advice here- Win, win!
Episode 104 – How To Use Freelancing to Help Pay For College
Featuring: Laura Pennington
If you have ever thought about earning some extra income on the side, parents or students, here is a great introduction to freelancing by Laura Pennington. We give some examples here of how to use freelancing to help pay for college plus how it can help students acquire some great skills and resume building experience. It’s easy and you can start today!
Episode 105 – What Walt Disney Can Teach Us About College Planning
Featuring: Dr. Jeff Barnes
“Every great story has conflict,” says author, public speaker, professor, and our guest today Dr. Jeff Barnes. He has created a unique class “The History of Disneyland” at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Once he studied the history of Walt Disney, he discovered a multitude of life lessons and leadership skills that you could use yourself!
Episode 106 – Charting a Path Through College For Every Student
Featuring: Amy Greene
Not everyone is a high-flyer that has been dreaming of college. “The thing I wish I had known,” described Green about her own experience, “was that there were so many options out there.” What’s the secret to a successful college experience? According to our expert guest Amy Greene, you have to take advantage of the relationships and network building. Listen in today to hear exactly how to do that- no matter what college you go to or what GPA you have.
Episode 107 – Majoring in Hospitality. A Case Study with Lisa Sturgeon
Featuring: Lisa Sturgeon
Majoring in hospitality can open many different doors to amazing jobs. ”It’s not just managers or hotel operators. It is all-encompassing of other industries and professions,” notes today’s guest Lisa Sturgeon. She is now the communications and resource manager at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company and has returned to her alma mater Husson University in Maine as a professor. In this episode, Lisa shares her personal journey through undergraduate and graduate school to tailor her experience to achieve her dream career.
Episode 108 – Interview with Mark Kantrowitz, College Planning Guru Founder of FinAid.org and many others!
Featuring: Mark Kantrowitz
Meet Scholarship Jedi, Mark Kantrowitz. Mark is a mathematician, author, speaker, and expert on scholarships with over 20 years of higher education experience. We invited Mark on the show today to share his incredible knowledge about scholarships and help you learn the lingo. “Financial aid is like a different language, the more you learn about it the easier your process will be,” says Kantrowitz. This episode is chock full of great information!
Featuring: John Hupalo
Most families find it challenging to jump in and learn the college process, but we have John Hupalo here today to share all his great resources to make this simple! After his personal and professional experience with the issue of college financing and planning, John recognized that there were not too many resources available. He and his partner decided, “There has got to be a better way to help families plan and pay for college.” So InviteEducation.com was founded.
Episode 110 – Understanding College Rankings
Featuring: Farran Powell
Choosing from ranked schools can be tricky. Is one school really that much better than another? We invited Farran Powell on the show to help clear up what this ranking thing is all about. She is the “Paying for College” writer for the publication that started the ranking craze, U.S. News and World Report. Having written somewhere near 100 articles on the topic, Farran has a wealth of knowledge she shares in this great interview.
Episode 111 – The Reality of Athletic Recruiting
Featuring: Lisa Strasman
Meet Lisa Strasman, the President of the premier college athletics recruiting organization Next College Student Athlete. She is here on our show today to give you the secrets needed to be recruited for college sports at any level. These days, coaches are going to games to look only at specific players. “Of course there are examples of coaches finding kids, but it is really not the norm,” says Strasman. How do you get onto a coach’s list? Tune in here to find out what you can do to separate your student from the pack and get recruited for athletics!
Featuring: Kristina Ellis
Get the ball rolling on college planning right now with scholarship expert Kristina Ellis. She swings by the show to share her secrets of how she won over $500,000 in free money for college. She started researching her junior year, but really put the pedal to the medal during her senior year. “I often recommend to students to not get too stressed about filling out the applications their sophomore and junior year,” says Ellis. Get the rest of her can’t miss tips in this episode!
Episode 113 – Health Care on Campus and How It Works
Featuring: Dr. Sarah Van Orman
Healthcare, insurance, and everything health related that you need to understand when you send your student to college are what we cover in our episode today with expert Dr. Sarah Van Orman. She is a former President of the American College Health Association and a primary care physician with a focus on keeping students healthy and successful in college. “This is the opportunity to be teaching your student about being a health care consumer,” shares Dr. Van Orman.
Featuring: Eric Liguori
“Entrepreneurship is one of the fastest growing majors on college campuses around the country,” shares our guest today Eric Liguori. He is the author of “The Startup Student” and an expert in the growing field of entrepreneurship. Hear what he has to say about building a better business and controlling your own destiny in this episode.
Episode 115 – Getting Additional Support Beyond Your High School- Outside Agencies That Provide College Support
Featuring: Dr. Toinette McClellan Gunn
Chicago Scholars has the goal of finding students in the Chicago area that want to go to college, but might need some additional support. Even if you are not in Chicago, tune in to this episode with Dr. Toinette Gunn to understand how these programs work! There is support out there ready and waiting to help you guide your student through the college process.
Episode 116 – Making College Finance Decisions
Featuring: Debbi King
“Personal finance is about 10% math and 90% emotion,” describes our guest today and money expert Debbi King. After ending up in bankruptcy, she finally got debt-free and decided nobody else should ever have to go through what happened to her. Using her accounting degree and education degree she became a coach and author to help everyone succeed financially.
Episode 117 – Choosing a Winning Career Path
Featuring: Casey Stanton
Speaking today is Chief Marketing Officer Casey Stanton. After the recession of 2008 hit, Stanton was stuck without a job. Using some creativity, salesmanship, and a little luck he was able to find his passion in life through the success of marketing. Using his career achievements, he was even able to land as a professor of marketing at Tulane University where he created and taught several courses. Want to stand out in a sea of homogeneity at a job interview? Stanton has the secrets you need right now!
Episode 118 – Understanding College Tax Deductions
Featuring: Craig Cody
What is a certified tax coach? “We help our clients keep more of what they make by lowering their tax liability through legal means,” describes our guest Craig Cody. He is a best selling author and certified tax coach that works in all 50 states with his average client saving over $20,000 a year in taxes. Filling out the forms properly is very different from planning your life to get the most back from completing those boxes. Listen to this short episode for all of the tax secrets you can’t miss!