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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.

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.
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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.






Don't be an investing disaster like most student loan borrowers

How familiar are you with investing? Are you prepared for retirement? You may be surprised to learn that, according to a recent Student Loan Planner investing survey, many in the SLP community are not financially ready for retirement. Learn why your investing plan is just as imperative as paying off your student loans if you want to retire at a reasonable age (or even make work optional). (Plus, learn how to sign up for Student Loan Planner’s investing course, available until 11:59 p.m....


What dental, medical, veterinary and pharmacy residency programs are worth it?

If you’re heading into a career in dentistry, medicine or pharmacy, is a residency worth it? What are the differences in requirements, and how do those affect your salary and student loan repayment? Here’s what the economic value of a residency could look like for you, and how it varies by profession. (Also learn about Student Loan Planner’s brand-new investing course, launching alongside our podcast for one week only!) In today’s episode, you'll find out: How residency programs have...


Mark Stucker shares secrets of going to undergrad debt free

Mark Strucker is an educational consultant based in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s worked in boarding school admissions and then the college admissions space for 19 years. After working in the KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Schools, he founded School Match 4U, a full-service educational consulting company that helps future college students and their families with the college admissions process. Learn how Mark’s educational consulting company works, what his advice is for getting good financial...


National security professional reveals personal FedLoan trainwreck

Alan is a national security specialist living in the D.C. area. He graduated with $120,000 of student loan debt, which had now climbed to $160,000 with interest. His wife is a vice principal with about $40,000 of student loan debt herself. Both are working toward student loan forgiveness — Alan with Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) and his wife with Teacher Loan Forgiveness. Learn about Alan’s struggles with FedLoan Servicing (the servicer in charge of all things PSLF) and how loan...


Alex reveals the financial life and challenges of a marriage and family therapist

Alex Barnette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She currently has about $115,000 in student loan debt that she’s paying off. She’s also launched her own practice — Alex Barnette Counseling, also located in Austin. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Full show notes at:


Becoming a millionaire with six figures of student debt

Have you ever thought about being a millionaire — even if you have student loan debt? Then this episode will be powerful for you. Most people want to earn enough to retire comfortably and to live their dreams, but they aren’t sure how they can do it. If you’re wondering how to prepare for the future when you’re dealing with a ton of student loan debt, here’s how you can hit a seven-figure level net worth. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Full show notes at:...


Tim Ulbrich of Your Financial Pharmacist discusses the future of the pharmacist profession

Tim Ulbrich graduated from the Ohio Northern University Doctor of Pharmacy program — which he decided on straight out of high school at age 18 — with $200,000 in student loan debt. After three years of Tim and his wife being on the Standard Repayment Plan and feeling like they were living paycheck to paycheck, they began aggressively paying back on the loans and were able to pay off the last of the debt in the fall of 2015. Now Tim is a clinical professor of pharmacy and program director...


Justin Harvey shares his passion for helping student loan borrowers

Justin Harvey is a brand new team member here at Student Loan Planner. As a student loan consultant, he’s hit nearly a hundred consults. He’s been in the financial industry since graduating from Villanova University in 2010. After seeing the student loan debt his wife had as an anesthesia resident and how it’s impacted their lives, he launched his own firm in 2017, Quantifi Planning, which focuses on anesthesia and pain physicians with student loan debt. In today’s episode, you'll find...


Moving to Dubai with massive dental school debt with David Donelson

Dr. David Donelson graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine with $330,000 in student loan debt. After practicing in New York City for two years, he felt compelled to find a brand new environment and found himself in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The foreign earned income exclusion has allowed him to tackle his student loans more aggressively. He still currently practices in Dubai, where he’s been located for seven years. He plans to return to the U.S. in the next few years...


Lauryn's path from Olympic gold medalist to student loan consultant

Lauryn Williams isn’t just a student loan consultant here at Student Loan Planner. She’s also a four-time Olympian and three-time Olympic medalist who grew up learning to save and work hard for what she had. Though she graduated without student loan debt, she had many friends who struggled under the pressing weight of it. At only 20 years old, she began earning a $200,000 income, and she trusted financial advisers to sort out what to do with her money. But when those advisers didn’t end up...


How to deal with the tax bomb from vet school with Amanda Ensor

Dr. Amanda Endsor graduated from vet school with $168,000 in debt. She worked through school to make ends meet while accruing fewer student loans, and she had little support from her school when it came to handling her loans after graduating. She also continued her education into veterinary dentistry, and she’s now working to pay off her debt. She currently practices veterinary medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she’s also involved with Vinea, a women’s mentorship program. In...


Can you work part time (or not at all) with more than $100,000 of student loans?

If you have student loan debt and want to work either part time or not at all, this episode will blow your mind. Most people want to work less than they currently are, but they aren’t sure how they can afford to do so. No matter your life situation, it can be confusing to know how you can make your payments while working less. The strategies I’ll share in this episode will help you know how to approach both federal and private student loan debt if you want to cut your work hours — and how...


Law school in the most expensive city in America with Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox found herself in $300,000 of student loan debt after attending law school in New York. She went through many trials like losing her scholarships after her first year of classes. Despite the struggles during the first year, she was able to come back the next year and make the dean's list. It wasn’t easy, but Jessica graduated from law school and is now working to pay back her debt. She's currently working in legal marketing and business development in Houston, Texas. In today’s...


Student Loan Hacks if you're over 50

If you are over 50 years old with student loan debt or know someone who is, this episode is going to be life-changing. There are 1.9 million people over the age of 50 who still have student loan debt. It's no secret that the information surrounding most student loan debt is pretty bad and somewhat confusing. When you're in your 50s, 60s, and 70s dealing with student loan debt, it can be even more confusing as you deal with Social Security and different issues with Parent PLUS loans. The...


Military careers to lower law school debt with Eric Meissner JD

Eric Meissner is a Marine JAG who knew there would be financial benefits to joining the military. Eric had some good mentors and family members who encouraged him to attend law school. He went in with the intention of getting a portion of his loans forgiven on behalf of the military. Eric graduated from law school with a little over $120,000 of student loan debt and his loans just came out of deferment. In this episode, we'll be discussing his repayment options, what led to his career path...


Are Student Loans good debt or bad debt?

Is student loan debt good or bad? This is a controversial topic because we hear all the time from colleges and universities that student loan debt is 'good'. Still having loan debt can be stressful, especially if you owe six figures. If you've ever wondered is student loan debt was better or worse than others or even how to turn your loan debt from bad to good, this episode is for you. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Which debt is worse, credit card or student loans?What is negative...


Our first client veterinarian Elaina Petrone shares how it all started

Let's go back to the beginning when I landed my very first student loan consulting client. I’ve been very fortunate to have Elaina as a friend over the years and helping her with her veterinarian student loans is where it all began. We met on a grouper date when a bunch of us got together and hung out. I actually was just helping out as a friend and didn’t take any sort of payment until I finally caved when she forced me to take some compensation. Going through veterinary school, her...


How the FIRE movement could help you as a six figure student loan borrower

Financial independence is a goal that many people strive for. Two-thirds of Americans would rather be doing something else with their time than showing up to work. In this episode, I’m going to cover the FIRE movement and why people want to achieve it. Also, how can you achieve FIRE when you’re juggling 6-figures of student loan debt? It’s definitely possible, and I’ll go over some ways that you can make it happen despite your massive loan debt. In today’s episode, you'll find out: • What...


The Cost of Becoming a Naturopath with Katelyn Bailey

Katelyn Bailey is a student at the National University of Natural Medicine studying Naturopathic and Chinese Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Bio-Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Katelyn lives in Portland Oregon with her spouse and really enjoys the value a naturopathic doctor can bring to patients. In this episode, she talks about what having a career as a naturopathic doctor would entail and some of the main differences between naturopathy and other...


The Breadwinner Loophole with pediatric dentist, Dr. Quinn Yost

Dr. Quinn Yost graduated from dental school with around $510,000 in student loan debt. From a young age, Dr. Yost knew he wanted to live in California during some point in his life. He received the best scholarship that his private school offered and that only took care of half the tuition. Going through clinicals and actually working with the children changed his mind. Now a recent grad, he works for practice four days a week and is close enough that he can ride his bike to work. Dr....