052: How to Prepare for the PSAT

Mitch Blatstein, owner of Education Plus, Inc., gives us an inside look at October’s PSAT, including its multiple uses (such as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) and how to prepare for it, whether it’s three months or three days away! Resources related to the episode: Education Plus, Inc. SAT examined (interview with Mitch) ACT examined (interview with Mitch) […]

October 2016 Newsletter

Seniors: The FAFSA comes early! For the first time ever, your earliest opportunity to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is October 1!  The previous date of January 1 considered the most recent year’s income information, but they are now using the previous full year; in this case, 2015 tax returns will be the […]

051: College Spotlight on the University of Pittsburgh

As many college students and alumni will tell you, the perfect college sometimes sneaks up on you.  That’s what happened to today’s guest, Adrienne Newcomer, when she visited Pitt as a high school junior.  She went to placate her parents, but when you step onto the campus of a school with vast resources in a […]

044: Thaddeus Stevens and the Best of Both Worlds with Warren Taylor

    Links to material in or related to this conversation: Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology Manufacturing Expo/Careers in Manufacturing (podcast episode) Millersville University Drexel University Temple University California University of Pennsylvania Have a question about Thaddeus Stevens or careers in technical (STEM) fields?  Leave a question or comment below, and Warren will answer it […]

040: How to Take a Semester Off and Still Graduate on Time with Hannah Shade

So, what do you do when you discover that you don’t have any classes to take next semester?  That you’re so advanced in your program that you’ve temporarily run out of classes to take?  If you’re Hannah Shade, you go to Germany and work as an au pair, of course! Hannah shares her discovery of […]

034: 529 Education Savings Plans Explained with Minh Lu

Are you thinking of saving for college but don’t know how to do it?  Then you’ll discover an excellent option in today’s episode as our guest, Minh Lu, shares details about 529 savings plans. Minh shares from his experience helping families plan for the ever rising cost of college and provides an overview of the […]

030: The Scholarship System with Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

Jocelyn Paonita Pearson shared her inspiring story of paying for college entirely with scholarships in an earlier episode, but I didn’t want to leave you without a bridge from point A to point B!  Too many stories of success leave readers thinking, “Well, that’s great for them, but what about me?  How can I do that?”  Jocelyn […]

026: Making Your Mess Your Message with Adam Carroll

What happens when you wake up and realize that you’re not where you want to be in life?  What if you’ve done everything that you’re “supposed to” and it isn’t that great?  You have two options: bury your head in the sand or change and use the experience to help others – you make your […]

024: How to Pay for 100% of College with Scholarships

An Interview with Jocelyn Paonita Pearson

What if you could graduate from college without any school loan debt?  Is that even possible with today’s college prices?  Who does that?  Jocelyn Paonita Pearson, that’s who! Jocelyn tells her story of using scholarships to pay for 100% of her college expenses – not just tuition – to graduate debt-free.  At the end of […]

014: Strategies for Paying for College with Adam Carroll

One of the biggest challenges that students and their families face when choosing whether or not to attend college (and after that, which college to attend) is how to pay for it.  It’s no secret that college attendees are seldom equipped to pay their school loan debt once they leave school and often struggle for […]