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GradCentric is a podcast hosted by Gradmetrics to help families plan and prepare for college and manage student loan debt. Every week we share tips on college topics including student loans, financial aid, FAFSA, CSS Profile, merit aid, scholarships, exploring majors, finding a career, and school selection.

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GradCentric is a podcast hosted by Gradmetrics to help families plan and prepare for college and manage student loan debt. Every week we share tips on college topics including student loans, financial aid, FAFSA, CSS Profile, merit aid, scholarships, exploring majors, finding a career, and school selection.

    Teacher Loan vs. Public Servant Loan Forgiveness

    Teacher Loan vs. Public Servant Loan Forgiveness

    Teacher Loan Forgiveness is a program designed for teachers with federal student loans. Public Service Loan Forgiveness (commonly shortened to PSLF) is the more commonly recognized of the two programs. According to the Department of Education, borrowers cannot pursue both of these programs simultaneously. Under the new PSLF waiver program, the double-counting restriction is temporarily waived, as are many other normal PSLF requirements. Check out the full blog post here: https://gradmetrics.com/teacher-loan-forgiveness-and-pslf/. 

    • 6 min
    Blanket Loan Forgiveness Update

    Blanket Loan Forgiveness Update

    Will the Biden administration offer blanket loan forgiveness? Hear my thoughts in this most recent episode of the Gradcentric podcast.

    • 5 min
    Managing Student Loans: Nursing Loan Forgiveness

    Managing Student Loans: Nursing Loan Forgiveness

    If you are going to take out student loan debt, it is best to do so for a field with good earning potential and high demand. Nursing is one of those fields. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reports nurses had a median pay of $75,330/year and the field was growing at 9% in 2020. Not bad at all.

    In addition to great earning potential and career opportunities, nursing has lucrative loan forgiveness programs available to those willing to meet the requirements.

    Check out the blog post with links at: https://gradmetrics.com/nurse-loan-forgiveness

    Check out the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/umHAn5IZ7KY

    • 4 min
    Managing Student Loans: Doctors

    Managing Student Loans: Doctors

    As you might imagine, doctors exit their education with a lot of student loan debt. This debt load is exacerbated with the elongated timeframe between graduation and becoming a practicing physician. These intervening years are extremely important for managing debt over the long haul.

    Doctors will generally take one of two pathways in dealing with their student loan debt. The first is payoff outright. The second is loan forgiveness in its many forms, most notably Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Luckily, most doctors will make a very respectable income after training is complete. In other words, they have options other borrowers do not in terms of payoff. This does not mean, however, that mistakes will not be costly. In fact, since doctors are working with larger loan balances, missteps can easily cost thousands.

    • 9 min
    Q&A: Establishing Residency for In-State Tuition

    Q&A: Establishing Residency for In-State Tuition

    A common question I get from families is: can my student can gain residency and qualify for in-state tuition?
    The answer is, unfortunately, it depends. The rules vary state-to-state and college-to-college. Some states make this an easier process whereas some make it near impossible. Also, keep in mind that state (i.e. public) colleges are primarily concerned with serving the residents in their state so typically make it hard for out-of-state students to qualify for in-state tuition rates. This is especially true if the student is without some type of merit or affiliation.

    Read more at: https://gradmetrics.com/establishing-residency/

    Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/HRwN8EOlg3w 

    • 7 min
    Managing Student Loans: Parent PLUS Loans

    Managing Student Loans: Parent PLUS Loans

    Lately, I’ve had an increasing amount of student loan consultations with Parent PLUS loan borrowers. More parents are looking toward retirement with a significant amount of debt from financing their children’s educations. This dynamic can be stressful for parents hoping for a peaceful retirement after many decades of hard work. Parent PLUS loans can throw off even the best-laid plans for retirement.

    • 4 min

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Jason is extremely knowledgeable on the subjects covered in this podcast because he not only deals with them professionally, he teaches them at the college level. He was a great professor and this podcast has so far been helpful in my strategic planning regarding graduate school.

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