184 episodes

Travis helps you navigate the insane world of student loans, especially if you owe $50,000 to $1 million. If you've ever spent too much time on the phone with your loan servicer, this is the show for you. Every week we share tips on loan forgiveness, investing, crushing debt, and how to get to financial freedom when you owe more than most people's mortgage.

Student Loan Planner Travis Hornsby

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    • 4.8 • 114 Ratings

Travis helps you navigate the insane world of student loans, especially if you owe $50,000 to $1 million. If you've ever spent too much time on the phone with your loan servicer, this is the show for you. Every week we share tips on loan forgiveness, investing, crushing debt, and how to get to financial freedom when you owe more than most people's mortgage.

    The Racial Wealth Divide

    The Racial Wealth Divide

    Senior student loan advisor Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, sits down with one of SLP’s newest student loan advisors, James Mwombela, CFP®, to discuss the racial wealth divide and how it has impacted Black Americans’ ability to create wealth. The basis for today’s conversation is a Wall Street Journal article written in August 2021 titled “College Was Supposed to Close the Wealth Gap for Black Americans. The Opposite Happened.”
    In today’s episode, you'll find out:
    Why Black college graduates have a lower net worth in the 2020s than in the 1990s What is net worth and why does it matter Slow income growth and other causes of low net worth for Black households How student loan debt is affecting college graduates now versus 30 years ago How this phenomenon has impacted the lives of young Black graduates today About the history of the racial wealth gap Why homeownership is significantly lower for Black graduates The role of homeownership in wealth building How the lack of financial literacy stops net worth in its tracks  
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    • 39 min
    Riding the Rapids: Decoding Student Loan Cancellation, Waivers and Survey Results

    Riding the Rapids: Decoding Student Loan Cancellation, Waivers and Survey Results

    I’m breaking down all the fluid elements swirling and often confusing even the most knowledgeable student loan loan experts. There’s just so much going on – and the U.S. Department of Education may or may not be concealing a backdoor form of relief via their complex waiver programs. What will happen if cancellation occurs? It’s not clear, but it’s very likely to end up in a heavy political court challenge just as midterm elections heat up. And we’ll be here to help you ride the rapids and optimize whatever opportunities are out there.
    In today’s episode, we’re covering:
    Advice about consolidating Parent Plus loans that parents took out for their two kids The first thing you need to know about Parent Plus loans before figuring out your long-term strategy Whether it’s possible to get credit for payments made during in-school deferment President Biden’s recent announcement and the pressure he’s under with regard to loan forgiveness Possible loan forgiveness for under $50,000, including a means testing approach Results of our biggest-ever survey of more than 6,200 subscribers and listeners about loan forgiveness Why only 47% of borrowers with balances under $50k plan to pursue forgiveness The complete breakdown of demographic insights in terms of what population is going for student loan forgiveness Debt cancellation for people in default on loans of $10,000 or under Like the show? There are several ways you can help!

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    • 50 min
    The Income-Driven Repayment Waiver: What You Need to Know

    The Income-Driven Repayment Waiver: What You Need to Know

    Vastly underreported in the media, the IDR waiver is currently being portrayed as an option for tens of thousands who are eligible for PSLF or income-driven repayment. Join me as I discuss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and how I see this as a way to help millions get forgiveness. Listen in as I break down all you need to know about the IDR waiver!
    In today’s episode, you'll find out:
    What is the IDR waiver How it’s meant to help student loan borrowers Why you need to pay attention to the IDR waiver The potential limitations of the IDR waiver Who could benefit from this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity How many people can get immediate cancellation The political and legal headlines I think we’ll see because of it Why the current administration is so keen on promising student loan cancellation Like the show? There are several ways you can help!

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    • 45 min
    How to Help Your Friends Qualify for the PSLF Waiver

    How to Help Your Friends Qualify for the PSLF Waiver

    The temporary PSLF waiver is an amazing opportunity that offers expanded loan forgiveness for a limited time. Learn how you can use your knowledge of this once-in-a-lifetime program to help your friends get forgiveness on their loans before the October 31, 2022, deadline. Plus, I’m answering listener questions to clarify some points of the PSLF waiver, income recertification and Parent PLUS loans.
    In today’s episode, you'll find out:
    Why you need to take advantage of the PSLF waiver How to share the PSLF waiver opportunity with your friends Why a student loan consult makes sense for your student debt The new income recertification date you need to know for IDR plans How consolidation can help you get more qualifying payments When consolidation could cause problems Whether or not Parent PLUS loans qualify for the PSLF waiver When double consolidation makes sense for Parent PLUS loans Why being vulnerable when talking about student loan debt matters How best to educate your friends on the temporary waiver Like the show? There are several ways you can help!

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    • 27 min
    The Basics of Student Loan Repayment: Which Plan to Choose, How to Make Payments, & When to Recertify Your Income

    The Basics of Student Loan Repayment: Which Plan to Choose, How to Make Payments, & When to Recertify Your Income

    With the student loan pause, it’s likely that many of you haven’t made a payment in quite some time. So, how does repayment work when you’re fresh out of school? What do you need to know before starting to pay off your student loans?
    Join us, Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, and Dan Rooker, CFP®, CSLP®, as we talk about the basics of student loan repayments while helping you figure out which repayment plan is best for you and how to start paying off your student loans. 
     
    In today’s episode, you'll find out:
    What you need to know about the grace period of student loans. The only reason you should use your loan’s grace period. How to figure out which loan payment plan is right for you. Student loan repayment options The 5 types of income-driven repayment plans. The 2 most popular repayment plans What happens when your income changes? Do you have to update your loan? Why you do not want to be late in recertifying your income. How to easily calculate your student loan repayments for free! When to recalculate your payments and recertify your income. When are student loan payments due?  Should you enroll in autopay for your student loans?  What is a prepayment and when does it make sense to make a prepayment? How do you set up loan exit counseling?  
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    • 29 min
    Where We are with Student Loan Repayment Extensions, and a Big Announcement!

    Where We are with Student Loan Repayment Extensions, and a Big Announcement!

    There are no guarantees when it comes to the future of federal student loans, but there are some clear data points and indicators — and I’m sharing my views on what will happen next. I’ll take questions from listeners and deconstruct several scenarios that could impact student loan repayment as we head into midterm election season. Between the political and practical factors that will determine what happens next, I’ll explain why my I think the current pause will extend at least through the end of 2022.
    You’ll also be the first to hear about an exciting new development at Student Loan Planner, which has just expanded its services to offer insurance coverage. With the same ethical approach we’ve taken to student loan strategies, SLP Insurance LLC will advocate for your best interests, which means providing the best coverage at the best rates.
    In today’s episode, you'll find out:
    Listener questions about pre-paying loans, refinancing in an atmosphere of overall spiking interest rates, PSLF waivers and how to get creative about certification when your employer changes tax status Will the current student loan pause be extended through the end of the year Why did the Biden Administration choose to extend the pause through August 2022  What I think about a few election season announcements about $10,000 of debt cancellation, a generous new income-based repayment plan, and an IDR waiver What you need to know about Operation Fresh Start  What might happen if Congress remains under Democratic control after the midterm elections, and what if the Republicans prevail Our new Student Loan Planner initiative of SLP Insurance LLC How SLP Insurance extends the same ethical approach used to optimize student loan strategies and repayment to grow wealth and security for student loan borrowers and professionals How the agency can help people shop for life and disability insurance Links to topics mentioned:
    Refinance student loans Get a quote for disability insurance from SLP Insurance LLC Get a quote for life insurance from SLP Insurance LLC 
  
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    Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans?
    Try our free student loan calculator Check out our refinancing bonuses we negotiated Book your custom student loan plan

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

erincathmeyer ,

Thankful for this podcast!

So thankful to have found this podcast after listening to so many Dave Ramsey rants against PSLF. Ramsey had me terrified with all of his opinions and assumptions about loan forgiveness based on media sound bites. I am going to hang in there as I’m confident I will qualify.

amorelitos ,

THE source for all things student loans

Travis and team will hook you after you give any episode a listen to. This podcast is thought-provoking and leaves you wanting more. Shame on SLP for making us wait a week for the next episode! All jokes aside, if you have or are interested in student loan content, this is the podcast for you.

emilypoestumler ,

Enjoy this weekly show!

As a PSLF disciple and a sometimes feeling misunderstood aggressive retirement saver, this podcast is my favorite weekly listen! I learn something new every week and have encouraged anyone I know who is pursuing loan forgiveness to listen as well! Thank you for your content.

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