Smart Ways to Pay For College

For many millennials, graduating from college with staggering amounts of student loan debt has become the norm. But it doesn’t have to be. This week, we talked about how to save and pay for college and options to explore to eliminate high student loan balances.  

Our panel included:  Steve & Annette Economides – New York Times Best Selling Authors and Founders of, Kasasa– a national brand of free rewards checking accounts offered exclusively at community financial institutions, which reward consumers with ATM refunds nationwide, high interest, and no minimum balance,  Rod Griffin– Director of Public Education at Experian, and Mike Delgado– Social Media Community Manager at Experian.

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Questions We Discussed:

  • Q1: What options are available to fund a college education?
  • Q2: How can you ensure that you are making a cost-effective college choice?
  • Q3: What factors should be included in an overall college budget?
  • Q4: Will a college savings account like 529 plans or scholarships affect your financial aid?
  • Q5: How can you minimize your college expenses while still in high school?
  • Q6: How can someone attend college for free?
  • Q7: How can someone pay for school while attending college?
  • Q8: When can you start paying your student loans and typically how long is the grace period?
  • Q9: What options are available for people struggling to pay student loans?
  • Q10: Any final tips for students preparing to attend college?

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