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CBS This Morning: Student Loan Debt

Almost two million Americans will graduate this year with a bachelor’s degree, but each student will have an average student loan debt of more than $33,000. I joined CBS This Morning to offer tips on what college grads and their families need to prioritize, and how it's "dangerous" for parents to dip into their own funds to help their kids pay down debt.

Beware the Parent PLUS Loan

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Student loans can financially cripple students as they prepare to enter the real world. But it seems that more and more we’re hearing about parents also being burdened with ridiculous amounts of student loan debt.

Why is this happening? You can thank the Parent PLUS Loan, something that Barry from New Jersey is unfortunately very familiar with.

In hour two we’re sticking with the student loan theme as we’re joined by David Klein and Kelly Peeler from CommonBond, a company that positions itself as a place for simpler, smarter student loans for a brighter future.

While taking out loans for business school, co-founder David found himself asking a lot of questions: Why is the process so confusing? Why is the customer service so bad? Why are the interest rates so high? Isn’t there a better way for people to borrow for school?

Turns out he wasn’t alone as figures now show that students in the U.S. are struggling to pay down over $1.5 trillion in debt.

CommonBond was founded in 2012 to help relieve that burden, and since then have funded over $2.5 billion in better student loans. Their approach is no big secret: lower rates, simpler options, and a world class experience, all built to support you throughout your student loan journey.

Kelly and David firmly believe that student loans should be for fulfilling your dreams, not emptying your bank account. They’re helping you get there by lowering the cost of school and simplifying the process with no more stressful applications or being treated like an account number.

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CBS This Morning: Financial Aid 101

The deadline for students to commit to a college is next Wednesday. For many, figuring out financial aid is a key part of the process. I joined CBS This Morning to discuss how your family can get the best financial aid plan, as well as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren's proposal to eliminate tuition at public colleges.

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Simpler, Smarter Student Loans

On the latest episode we’ve got David Klein and Kelly Peeler from CommonBond, a company that positions itself as a place for simpler, smarter student loans for a brighter future.

While taking out loans for business school, co-founder David found himself asking a lot of questions: Why is the process so confusing? Why is the customer service so bad? Why are the interest rates so high? Isn’t there a better way for people to borrow for school?

Turns out he wasn’t alone as figures now show that students in the U.S. are struggling to pay down over $1.5 trillion in debt.

CommonBond was founded in 2012 to help relieve that burden, and since then have funded over $2.5 billion in better student loans. Their approach is no big secret: lower rates, simpler options, and a world class experience, all built to support you throughout your student loan journey.

Kelly and David firmly believe that student loans should be for fulfilling your dreams, not emptying your bank account. They’re helping you get there by lowering the cost of school and simplifying the process with no more stressful applications or being treated like an account number.

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I'm Drowning in Student Loans

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We kick things off this week with Daughter of the Year candidate Jessica from New Jersey. In addition to trying to make sure she’s doing all she can for her own retirement, Jessica is also trying to help out her father.

Next up was Megan from North Carolina, who like many others out there, is drowning in student loan debt. Is there anything she can do or will she be stuck with it for the foreseeable future?

The email marathon carries on in hour two as we inch closer and closer to the end of March.

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College Award Letters are Confusing and Misleading

College Award Letters are Confusing and Misleading

The amount of outstanding student loans has more than doubled over the past decade. Part of that explosion has to do with tuition, fees and costs growing faster than the rate of inflation. But it’s clear that another factor is that many families had no way of discerning exactly what they were signing up for in the first place.

How to Fund College

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We’re kicking things off this week with John from North Carolina who is trying to figure out the best way to fund college for his two kids.

His financial advisor is currently pitching him a product that will make your head spin. When the head is spinning, it’s usually not a good sign, so I’m glad John picked up the phone and gave us a call.

More emails in hour two as we near the end of March. Progress is being made! Only to be derailed by the summer vacation schedule :)

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Selling to Pay Down Loans

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When does it make sense to sell an asset to accelerate the student loan pay down process? What if you have a rental property out there while you're still trying to pay off some significant loans. Should you sell the house and wipe out the loans? That's the discussion on the latest call with Stephen.

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How to Prioritize Financial Goals + Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone

It’s the final show of 2018! Another year down and hopefully many more to come.

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We kicked things off with Erin from Salt Lake City who’s wondering how to best prioritize her financial goals. Should she be solely focused on saving for a house? Or maxing our her 401(k)? Or both?

Next was Kristin from Florida with a very common question: What’s the best way to tackle student loan debt?

Every once in a while I chat with somebody who makes me realize just how cool my job really is.

That’s the case with Ken Langone, the legendary financier, who helped take a bunch of companies public before co-founding Home Depot. Ken has also became a philanthropist extraordinaire, helping to rebuild the New York University hospital.

Ken dropped by for an in-studio to talk about his new book, I Love Capitalism!: An American Story, but really it was just a fascinating conversation with a guy who grew up in a working-class family on Long Island, put himself through school, and after some hard work and smart decisions and a few guardian angels, became one of the most successful businessmen in the country.

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams, now in excess of $3 billion dollars.

In a series of captivating stories, Langone shows how he struggled in academics, broke into Wall Street, and scrambled for an MBA at night while competing with privileged competitors by day. He also shares how he learned to evaluate the value of a business and apply his street smarts to negotiate enormous deals.

And what happened when Langone was approached by Bernie Madoff for an investment, just weeks before the Ponzi scheme came to light? You’ll have to tune in for that chestnut...

Langone says that the book is his love song to capitalism..."Absolutely anybody is entitled to dream big, and absolutely everybody should dream big. I did. Show me where the silver spoon was in my mouth. I’ve got to argue profoundly and passionately: I’m the American Dream.”

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Paying Off Student Loans

Happy Holidays!

We’re officially winding things down for the year, which means this week we’re going to give you a couple of our more memorable calls from 2018.

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First up is an inheritance call from Jenny in Seattle. We’ve been taking listener calls for just about eight years now...I can easily say that this will go down as one of the most memorable calls in the history of my podcast and radio show. Me writing about it will do it no justice so you’re going to have to listen. It was incredible.

Next up was Megan from North Carolina who is drowning in debt thanks to high interest student loans. Considering that her mom has the money to help, is it worth having a conversation?

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