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Taming the High Cost of College teaches parents the secrets of how to plan and save for college so you can help make your children's dreams come true. Hosted by Brad Baldridge, a Certified Financial Planner and college planning expert, you'll learn what you need to save time, save money and reduce stress with smart and proven strategies. If you’re the parent of a college-bound teenager, you’re in the right place!
 
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!
 
Our aim is to educate and make the admissions process what it should be: a stress-free, fun adventure to ultimately determine the next chapter of your student’s life. Join us as we go in-depth into the college admissions process, college costs, and other aspects of admissions to help you stay informed and organized as a family throughout this process. The College March Podcast is proudly sponsored by March Consulting. Find show notes and other bonus material at mymarchconsulting.com.
 
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This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin is joined by Dr. Sandy Baum, a nonresident senior fellow for the Center on Education Data and Policy at the Urban Institute, as they discuss higher education priorities and how in a world of limited resources the federal government can best allocate and target spending. The conversation touches on free community …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Senior Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman, who give listeners an update on a number of regulatory issues. Jill and David provide insight on some questions from NASFAA members concerning the HEERF annual reporting form, regulatory assistance issues concerning insti…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to dive into their predictions concerning higher education’s political landscape for 2022. The group covers Build Back Better’s pathway, congressional dynamics on spending bills, the pandem…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA’s 2021-22 National Chair Brent Tener and Beth Maglione, NASFAA’s executive vice president. The three dive into conversation surrounding professional experience, NASFAA’s operations, and experiences working with a variety of higher education institutions. The discussion also centers on the most…
 
Get the best tips for students who need to choose a career, and find out what parents should and shouldn’t do to help them along. Listen to the episode now. https://tamingthehighcostofcollege.com/thcc-episode-140-choosing-a-career-path/ Helpful Articles and Resources Against the Rules by Mark Lewis Kristin Clark’s Contact Info: Website - Kristin Cl…
 
Many students want to get into an Ivy League school, or their parents want them to pursue an elite education. But first you need to meet the key requirements and know how to stand out. And before you pursue an Ivy League education, parents and students need to ask themselves some important questions. Find out more in my podcast interview with Ivy L…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA’s Vice President of Professional Development & Institutional Compliance Dana Kelly and Shannon Crossland, executive director of student financial aid & scholarships at Texas Tech University. The group discusses Shannon’s career path in financial aid and how administrators can develop and advan…
 
Many parents wonder whether college will really pay off and how much a degree will impact their student’s financial future. In my latest podcast, I’m joined by Professor Peter Cappelli of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania to talk about the real value of college degrees and some misconceptions about what college means …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to give listeners an update on the Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (ASLA) and regulatory takeaways from the annual Federal Student Aid Training Conference. David and Justin discuss the Top Audit and Program Review Findings se…
 
Being a student-athlete can provide great opportunities to earn college scholarships while earning a degree and growing as a person. But parents and students need to know about the recruiting process first. Find out more about how recruiting works in my podcast interview with Lisa Strasman, president of Next College Student Athlete, an athletic rec…
 
On this episode of "Off The Cuff," Justin and Karen are joined by Jon Fansmith, the American Council on Education's assistant vice president for government relations, to help break down the latest on the end-of-year activity on Capitol Hill. The group also discusses a recent hearing with Department of Education Under Secretary James Kvaal where law…
 
Getting a college degree doesn’t guarantee that your child will be hired after graduation. To increase their chances of success, they need to be prepared and do the right things while they’re still in high school and college. Find out more about what they need to do and how you can help them as a parent in my latest podcast interview with Kyyah Abd…
 
If you've had a change in income due to divorce, loss of business income, a natural disaster, or other special circumstances, you can potentially appeal a college's financial aid decision or negotiate for more money. Hear how one parent did this successfully in my latest podcast episode. Questions Answered Today: If my income changes, does my stude…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by three financial aid professionals who discuss how their offices plan to operate as we transition into 2022 where higher education, like many sectors, begins to approach a resumption of pre-pandemic operations. Tune in hear firsthand from our guests — Tyler Pruett, director of financial aid at Samuel …
 
Join Brad and award-winning medical expert Jill Grimes as we talk about how to keep your student healthy and handle their medical needs while they're in college. We talk about the right steps to ensure health and wellness, which potentially harmful activities to avoid, and how to get help with ADD, mental health, and more. Today’s Guest: Dr. Jill G…
 
In this episode, we have a great interview with Todd Weaver, President of Strategies for College, Inc. For Todd, college planning is a complex and overwhelming process for many students and families. Hence, Strategies for College, Inc. helps them provide structure and guidance by creating a "game plan" on which to run. They do this by helping famil…
 
This week on "Off the Cuff," Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to catch members up on updates from the Department of Education. Specifically, Jill highlights new agency recommendations concerning updated guidance on institutional aid offers and David details new academic calendar formats and…
 
This week on “Off The Cuff,” Justin and Karen are joined by the American Council on Education’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Jon Fansmith. The group kicks things off by detailing what higher education provisions have made the cut for President Joe Biden’s most recent Build Back Better framework. Karen then provides some fodder …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Michael Stratford, an education reporter at Politico, to discuss all things student loans and federal financial aid. The two break down key differences between the Biden and Obama administrations’ higher education agendas before covering how the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) is being run under …
 
In this episode, we have a great interview with Brandon Miller, a Canada Immigration Professional. He understands what it takes in order for a student to consider attending college in Canada. There are some interesting benefits about potentially becoming a Canadian citizen, of course, in addition to your U.S. citizenship. Today’s Guest: Brandon Mil…
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," Justin is joined by Emma Crawford, manager of financial aid and financial wellness at the University of Wisconsin, where she works with medical students advising them on financial budgeting and creating a plan to pay off their student loans. Along with University of Wisconsin medical student Chris Rufus Sweeney, the gro…
 
Should your child take a gap year before college? Many students use gap years to explore and develop new skills or experiences before they go off to college. Learn how they work, who should consider them, and how best to use them in my interview with gap time expert Holly Bull. Today’s Guest: Holly Bull, Director of the Center for Interim Programs …
 
This week on “Off the Cuff” we’re bringing listeners a new podcast format featuring in-depth discussion with NASFAA staff on the latest pressing regulatory topics and questions. Justin is joined by NASFAA Policy Analyst Jill Desjean and NASFAA U Instructor David Tolman to discuss how a rule from the Department of Education on distance learning chan…
 
This week, our guest is Rishav Khanal, who is a bestselling author and founder of Compound Career, where he helps college students and recent graduates develop the career readiness skills to break into competitive job market. In this episode, we discuss: Networking secrets from somebody who’s landed jobs at Under Armour and LinkedIn Revealed: The 3…
 
Parents want their kids to fly out toward a successful future and not fly back to their basements. In the latest episode of the Taming the High Cost of College podcast, I’m joined by Greg and Beth Langston, founders of College Flight Plan, to talk about some great ways to get your student thinking about the right career and major choices for their …
 
“Off The Cuff” is back and excited to bring listeners new aspects to the podcast. In this week’s “Inside the Beltway'' episode, Justin is joined by the association’s new Vice President of Public Policy and Federal Relations Karen McCarthy and the American Council on Education’s Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Jon Fansmith. The gro…
 
Learn the basics of need-based financial aid, how it works, how to apply, and how to find out how much aid you might receive. Join Brad and his guest co-host Chuck Erickson as they talk about it all on the Taming the High Cost of College podcast. Questions Answered Today: First, what is a need-based aid? Should we try to manipulate our income and o…
 
The SAT and ACT tests are an important part of the admissions process at many college and universities, and they’re also a key to qualifying for scholarships. Join Brad and his co-host Chuck Erickson as they provide a quick introduction to college testing and what every parent should know about testing, how it works, and how students can prepare fo…
 
Your network is your net worth. And in this episode, we'll reveal the secrets behind a top 1% networker on LinkedIn with tips like: The unknown area of LinkedIn where you can explode your network One of the best places to get LinkedIn connections outside of LinkedIn 3 types of authenticity which make people want to network with you Why people reall…
 
This week on a special episode of “Off The Cuff,” the team provides a quick update on developments surrounding the budget reconciliation process and how the Build Back Better Act will impact higher education policies. Rachel and Karen dive right into the legislation making its way through the House and specifically highlight what the current versio…
 
Want to learn the basics of student loans and how to avoid graduating with huge college debt? Join Brad and his guest, independent educational consultant Chuck Erickson, as they talk about student loans, how they work, the best options for students and their families, and provide answers to some of parents’ most common loans questions. Questions An…
 
We're talking about the 4 word question every student should ask themselves before ever stepping foot in a college. To find the answer to the question, we've got tips like: Other lucrative options besides going to college The 2 Column Test every student should do before going to college Why you should measure this "cost" before ever going to colleg…
 
Want to find and get scholarships that will help lower the cost of college for your student? Join Brad and his guest, independent educational consultant Chuck Erickson, as they talk about scholarships, where to find them, how to apply, and what you need to do to win. Questions Answered Today: Where can I find scholarships to help pay for college? H…
 
No matter where you work or what you do in life, you will interview. In this episode, I'm revealing interviewing secrets from 25 years in the corporate world like: 3 questions to ask the interviewer to give you an unfair advantage for job interviews How to become an interview detective where the interviewer tells you HOW to get the job The 2 types …
 
Learn about college visits and how to use them to evaluate schools, get answers to all your important questions about a campus, and help decide where your student wants to apply and attend. Join Brad and independent educational consultant, Chuck Erickson, as they talk about college visits in the latest episode of the Taming the High Cost of College…
 
Get the real answer to the most asked question for any student or parent who's ever taken math. Discover things like: The one thing math class gives you which will change your life Which jobs which pay over 150,000, if you have the right math skills Why anxiety and pressure from math class give you an unfair advantage in the real world…
 
Over 150 colleges across the country who are generous with need-based aid use the CSS Profile. In this episode, Kat explains what the CSS Profile is, how it's different than the FAFSA, how financial aid offices use the CSS Profile, and how much time you should budget to complete it before deadlines.
 
Learn about college visits and how to use them to evaluate schools, get answers to all your important questions about a campus, and help decide where your student wants to apply and attend. Join Brad and independent educational consultant, Chuck Erickson, as they talk about college visits in the latest episode of the Taming the High Cost of College…
 
The group reconvenes amid an extended summer break to chat with Megan, share some fond memories, and wish her the best in her next endeavor as she wraps up her final week with NASFAA. Megan reminisces about how she landed the job, her early days at NASFAA, and how much the advocacy and higher education landscape has changed over the course of her d…
 
What if you could install part of Elon Musk's brain into your brain? How would that change your life? In this episode, we're covering thinking tips like: Why modeling will explode test scores and get you job interviews What bear attacks teach you about succeeding in life To achieve your goals, ignore the goal and focus on this instead. What is cong…
 
In this episode, Kat explains and defines the most frequently asked questions from families as they are filling out the FAFSA including assets that are included/not included, which parent reports their financial information for different family circumstances, and more. Links In This Episode: Definitions of Dependent/Independent Student Status: http…
 
This week on a special episode of "Off The Cuff," Rachel hosts a discussion with NASFAA’s most recent Dallas Martin Endowment (DME) Policy Intern, Richard Davis, Jr. The higher education policy experts delve into a host of issues surrounding student aid and recap this summer’s advocacy efforts. Rachel and Richard cover topics concerning Pell Grant …
 
In the latest episode of the Taming the High Cost of College Podcast, independent educational consultant Chuck Erickson joins Brad to talk about how to research colleges and how parents can help their student find the right school for their future. Join Brad and Chuck to learn how to get started, the best tools you can use, whether you should trust…
 
Are you a bad writer? An average writer? Here's how to transform yourself into a keyboard killer using one skill. The one book you can read in 2 days which will transform your writing into greased lighting Use this free tool to tighten up your college essay The one skill needed to upgrade a boring college essay into something college advisors can't…
 
In the latest episode of the Taming the High Cost of College Podcast, independent educational consultant Chuck Erickson joins Brad to talk about choosing a college major and a career. Chuck and Brad share expert advice for parents in how to help your student evaluate majors and careers, the key questions you should ask, and what to do if your stude…
 
The real cost of college is almost never the price you see on school websites. To know what college will really cost your family, you need to find out the net price of schools based on your income and after all grants and scholarships are subtracted from the price. In this episode, we talk about how net price is calculated and how to find out what …
 
This week on "Off The Cuff," the team dives into Congress’ legislative landscape for the summer with the House slated to shortly adjourn until mid-September. Justin and Megan provide updates on the annual budgeting process, what to expect in the reconciliation process and highlight a number of policy proposals that could see floor action in the mon…
 
There’s a better than 50% chance that a new college student will transfer or drop out of college if their school doesn’t fit their preferences. Here’s how parents and students can avoid this disaster by doing their research, finding a good fit school, and choosing the right college. Questions Answered Today: - What does a ‘good fit school’ mean? - …
 
In this week's podcast episode, Kat introduces you to a small group of colleges across the country that have made it their mission to provide students not only with great work experience and a strong resume before they graduate but opportunities to minimize tuition and costs for families.By Kat Clowes
 
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