13 episodes

Jeff Walters and Shannon Panek lead you through the biggest college planning concerns. They'll talk about the best ways to save for, plan, and pay for college.

Student loans. Repayments. Career choices. Job availability. Test prep. The FAFSA. We'll cover it all on this show.

If you have any questions for us, give a call to 704-628-6644 or visit https://www.communityeducationalfunding.com to learn more.

ABC's of College Funding Jeff Walters

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Jeff Walters and Shannon Panek lead you through the biggest college planning concerns. They'll talk about the best ways to save for, plan, and pay for college.

Student loans. Repayments. Career choices. Job availability. Test prep. The FAFSA. We'll cover it all on this show.

If you have any questions for us, give a call to 704-628-6644 or visit https://www.communityeducationalfunding.com to learn more.

    Ep 13: What Do Your Taxes, FAFSA, and Retirement Savings Have In Common?

    Ep 13: What Do Your Taxes, FAFSA, and Retirement Savings Have In Common?

    Do you have all your ducks in a row when it comes to securing college funding? How can you leverage your investments?
     
    Read more and get additional resources here: https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/ep-13-what-do-your-taxes-fafsa-and-retirement-savings-have-in-common/207/ 
     
    What we discuss on this episode: 
    3:12 - Why are financial advisors interested in the college funding space?
    5:49 - How is the FAFSA similar to doing your taxes?
    7:26 - What happens when there are errors on your FAFSA?
    11:10 - How does retirement savings coincide with saving for college?
    14:42 - How will your finances and life change in retirement?
    19:31 - How many families have enough money put aside for college

    • 22 min
    Ep 12: Freshman Year Experience with Student Guest Lane

    Ep 12: Freshman Year Experience with Student Guest Lane

    What was freshman year like for one of our past students? How has COVID impacted her learning? We catch up with a current student to get a first-hand account of the new college experience.
     
    Read more and get additional resources here: https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/ep-12-freshman-year-experience-with-student-guest-lane/200/ 
     
    What we discuss on this show: 
    0:44 - Let’s review the past year with our student guest, Lane.
    2:11 - What gives Lane her fearless approach?
    3:18 - What did Lane pick up from this process?
    5:50 - Why does Jeff recommend their students journal?
    8:25 - How did Lane pivot when COVID put an immediate halt to senior year?
    10:56 - What was the biggest challenge in transitioning from high school to college?
    14:47 - Homesickness is normal for students.
    15:25 - What were the academic challenges? 
    19:23 - What would Lane tell another student about preparing for college?

    • 25 min
    Ep 11: Finding Your Calling With Kristin Mitchell of Art Box Studio

    Ep 11: Finding Your Calling With Kristin Mitchell of Art Box Studio

    From pivoting in 2020 to finding your calling, special guest Kristin Mitchell shares her story as a small business owner.
     
    Read more and get additional financial resources here:
    https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/ep-11-finding-your-calling-with-kristin-mitchell-of-art-box-studio/195/
     
    What we discuss on the show: 
    1:02 - Let’s introduce today’s special guest and small business owner.
    2:36 - What does the business do?
    3:16 - How has her business pivoted during the pandemic?
    4:56 - What have been the biggest challenges and biggest rewards?
    7:36 - What is the dream for the business? 
    10:35 - How have her varied work experiences lead to today?
    14:14 - What’s the word of the year? 
    15:51 - What was Kristin’s educational experience?
    20:44 - What advice would Kristin give her 18-year-old self?
    22:08 - Why didn’t Kristin go to art school?

    • 25 min
    Ep 10: Common Questions About College Applications and Scholarships

    Ep 10: Common Questions About College Applications and Scholarships

    What kinds of questions do students often ask as they apply for colleges? What do you need to know ahead of time? Join us as we discuss the different questions that typically arise and how students should approach the process.
     
    Read more and get additional financial resources here: https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/common-questions-about-college-applications-and-scholarships/186/ 
     
    What we discuss on the show: 
    0:40 - What’s going on with high school senior students right now?
    1:30 - What kind of questions are students asking about their college applications?
    3:01 - What is the common application? How should you use it?
    6:06 - What’s the difference between AP and dual enrollment classes?   
    10:27 - Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? 
    11:52 - What expenses will you have in college?
    18:24 - What are common questions related to FAFSA?

    • 19 min
    Ep 9: Finding Success Through Service and Leadership Skills

    Ep 9: Finding Success Through Service and Leadership Skills

    As schools start back up and hints of fall are upon us, we have an opportunity to reflect and look ahead for the coming school year. What does it mean to have a successful year? What would it mean to be a leader?
     
    Read more and get additional resources here: https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/ep-9-finding-success-through-service-and-leadership-skills/181/ 
     
    What we discuss on the show: 
    1:01 - High schools and colleges have started back up.
    1:36 - How is success measured?
    2:32 - Why is it important for students to consider leadership and service?
    6:27 - Once you get into college, is there a push to do service?
    7:19 - What is the value of helping others?  
    9:10 - If a teacher gives you an optional assignment, what do you do?
    10:12 - Jeff shares inspirational quotes from a few famous people.
    11:18 - What type of income do you want to have when you get out of school?
    12:55 - What does mentoring mean for our students?

    • 15 min
    Ep 8: Ramifications of COVID-19 When College Planning

    Ep 8: Ramifications of COVID-19 When College Planning

    How has COVID impacted your college choices? What will happen to financial aid opportunities and college funding? Let’s talk about what has changed in 2020.
     
    Read more and get additional college planning resources here: https://abcsofcollegefunding.com/podcast/ep-8-ramifications-of-covid-19-when-college-planning/173/ 
     
    What we discuss on this episode: 
    1:17 - How do students find the right schools amidst COVID?
    4:40 - What happens if…?
    6:35 - What ramifications has COVID-19 had so far?
    7:49 - What might happen with financial aid?
    9:39 - Are you planning to rely on student loans?
    11:04 - What will college cost after a vaccine?
    12:37 - How much do Jeff’s clients receive in financial aid?

    • 18 min

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Great information for a difficult subject.

This information is so useful. I had no idea what we would do in paying for college but Jeff and his team went above and beyond in helping my family navigate this process.

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