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Episode 57- No spring break, now what?

Mar 03, 2021

Spring break 2020 was a major turning point in the academic year for many colleges. For my university we extended it an additional week to allow faculty time to shift their courses to remove learning and then we told students to stay home or in their dorm and that the rest of the semester would be delivered remotely or all online. Holy cow! How much has happened since then.

Spring break 2021 is currently still on the books for a few colleges and are probably at risk of being canceled. Students look forward to and need the break. Many aren’t getting one this year. What can you do for your student to help them refresh? Here are a few ideas.

Universities have traded spring break 2021 for reading or wellness days sprinkled throughout the spring semester. So what’s a college student to do that will not take them away from campus for more...

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Episode 56- Stimulus, student loan & financial literacy with Joy Alford-Brand

Feb 23, 2021

I’ve brought Joy back for more teaching. Her knowledge is amazing and it’s so great to have someone with so much knowledgeable information to share. We dig into the revisions anticipated in the FAFSA this fall and how that might impact students and families in need. Next we move into  the stimulus and tax documents and wrap up with financial literacy and loan servicer discussion where Joy gets FIRED UP!

Joy’s blog on student loan forgiveness.
Joy’s free and paid webinars.
Joy’s books.


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Episode 55- Deadlines, how to not fall victim to a missed deadline

Feb 16, 2021

In this week’s episode I’m sharing the collection of deadlines I’ve identified for the newly admitted, continuing, and graduating college student. Mom, this is not your list to own. For the newly admitted student you will be pretty involved but as your student progresses through college and matures, it becomes less you through your coaching. By the time you get to graduation you will be at a point to simply relish in your student’s success.

Highschool senior-



Accept offer






Proxy, pay in full, payment plan

Accept/decline aid 

Send transcript for dual credit

Send AP scores


Move in


Athletic tickets

Parking pass?

Meal plans

Voter registration/absentee 

Academic and Add/Drop calendars

Assignments, tests, quizzes, finals

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Episode 54- Let's talk FAFSA with Joy Alford-Brand

Feb 08, 2021

A little bit about Joy….how she came to become a student loan expert. She has books, webinars, website, and no less than 35 FREE You Tube videos on student loans for parents and students.

  • New president means new administration which means things are about to change for federal loans.
    • Updates are coming to FAFSA 
    • When will those updates be effective
    • Will be ‘easier to fill out’
    • Shortened
    • Changes to EFC (estimated family contribution) will become SAI (student aid index)
  • If I already completed my FAFSA, do I need to do anything?
    • Prior prior year financial information is used
    • If significant changes, then contact your school’s financial aid office
  • Each university has the autonomy to apply their grants/scholarships as they see fit
  • EFC vs SAI
    • Why the change
    • Mostly this is just a name change 


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Episode 53- BONUS CARES Act 2.0 and what you need to know

Feb 02, 2021

CARES Act money (CRRSAA is the new acronym)

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act

January 14, 2021: The U.S. Department of Education announced today an additional $21.2 billion is now available to higher education institutions to ensure learning continues for students during the COVID-19 pandemic under the CRRSAA as HEERF II. Information pertaining to the 

  • If they applied last year, they don’t have to apply this year.
  • Profit, non profit, public, and private

To find the amount awarded to each university may be  found at the above link.

Ball State-         $22 million with $7 min and 14.8 max million earmarked for students
Indiana University- $35 million with $12 min and 23.7 max million earmarked for students
Purdue University-  $33...

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Episode 52- 3 things students wish parents knew part 2

Jan 31, 2021

Finishing my conversation with Alicia from The College Life Coach.

Part 2 finishing the amazing conversation I had with Alicia from The CollegeLifeCoach.

n this week's episode I'm joining forces with Alicia Sepulveda creator of the College Life podcast.

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Episode 51- 3 things every student wished their parent knew. pt 1

Jan 25, 2021

In this week's episode I'm joining forces with Alicia Sepulveda creator of the College Life podcast.

We wanted to introduce our audiences since she speaks to students and I speak to parents of said students. We are covering three things every student wished their parents knew and three things every parent wished their student knew.

This was a great collaboration and we hope to do more.


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Episode 50- 3 ways to handle the mom guilt.

Jan 18, 2021

I know and you know you have no reason to feel guilty. About the year they’ve had, about the pandemic, about their feelings of isolation, about their grades, and the list can go on.

BUT I also know the feeling as a mom of wanting so desperately to save my kids any heartache or hardship. It hurts my heart to see them struggle. But that is the thing….they need to struggle to learn and become resourceful, resilient, strong, and successful.  That is the juxtaposition. 

Here are three tactics I’ve used to put that mom guilt back in the box when she surfaces.

This article goes into some of the adult child types that may trigger manipulation. 

  • Meet Slug: The Adult Child Who Pushes Our Hope Button
  • Meet Clueless: The...
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Episode 49- Choosing a major

Jan 11, 2021

When your student doesn’t know what major they want, I’ll share some ways you can coach them about which program to start in….how to explore.

It’s never a good result when a student enrolls in a major of their parents choice. College is hard enough when you are motivated to succeed in a discipline of your choosing. It gets worse when you add the pressure and frustration that this is your parents choice.

Have them look inside/reflect. Even if your student cannot articulate their degree choice, have them really spend time thinking about how they’d like to spend their time over the next 30-40 years. 

  • What hobbies do they enjoy?
  • What kinds of things are they good at naturally?
  • What things do others come to them asking for help with?

If they have a few ideas but aren’t confident, you may suggest ...

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Episode 48- Your student was dismissed, now what?

Jan 04, 2021

This is never a fun topic but it does happen. I’m going to walk you through the three things your student needs to do next.

  • Evaluate how they got here.
    • Wrong major
      • Was this parent’s major choice or students
      • Push goal major
      • safe/boring major
    • Poor housing choice
      • Apartment
      • Roommate issues
      • At home
    • Time management
      • Procrastination
      • Too much free time
      • Too many obligations
        • Job
        • clubs
      • No idea how to do this
    • Emotional health issues
      • New
      • Existing
      • Existing but previously under control
    • Physical health issues
      • New
      • Existing
      • Existing but previously under control
    • Use of university resources
      • No, why
      • Yes, why not successful
  • Determine next steps
    • Go back
    • Transfer
    • Time away
  • Take action
    1. Go back
      • Reapply
      • Consider if appeal is appropriate
      • Take 12 credits at a jr or community college
      • Watch for decision email
    2. Transfer
      • If they decided that...
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