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Travis helps you navigate the insane world of student loans, especially if you owe $20,000 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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United States

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Travis helps you navigate the insane world of student loans, especially if you owe $20,000 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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English

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Episodes
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A New Graduate’s Guide to Student Loan Strategies

5/21/2024
Are you staring at a mountain of student debt, unsure where to begin? Whether you’ve just tossed your graduation cap in the air or are in the early stages of your career, the key to regaining control lies in choosing a repayment plan that aligns with your financial goals and lifestyle. Meredith Jones, CSLP®, AFC®, and Connor Pierce DPT, COMT, CMPT, CSLC®, guide you through the benefits of employer-sponsored loan repayment programs, the advantages and pitfalls of various income-driven repayment plans, and how to use these options to maintain financial flexibility. They also discuss the nuances of integrating student loan management into your broader financial planning, ensuring that your debt doesn’t derail your career ambitions. Tune in to take charge of your student loans, potentially saving a significant amount of money and stress post-graduation. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:38:27

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What Really Happens at a Consultation? The Truth Behind Our Student Loan Advice

5/14/2024
Curious about student loan planning? This episode is packed with real-life scenarios, insider knowledge, and practical advice for your student loan journey. Get insight into ambiguous regulations, servicer misinformation and the impact it has on borrowers from Lauryn Williams, CFP®, CSLP®, AFC®, and Justin Kim-Hummel, former client and integral member of the Student Loan Planner team who brings a wealth of experience from his background in PR, graduate studies, and time working on Capitol Hill. Together, they tackle challenges, answer frequently asked questions, and reveal the dedication and care that goes into every consultation. Learn why this is more than just advice. It's about ​​connecting with experts who genuinely care about your financial well-being and student loan success. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:52:30

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Double Your Profit, Lower Your Stress

5/6/2024
Travis shares the best stress reduction strategies out there for current and aspiring business owners. Enroll at https://studentloanplanner.com/profit

Duration:00:26:29

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Credit Card Mastery: Hacks to Leverage Benefits in Your Favor

4/30/2024
Get ready to uncover the myths, master the rewards, and smartly amplify your spending power — all while keeping your finances sharp and your debt strategy on point. Whether you're looking to squeeze every last benefit out of your credit card points, contemplating the right card for your business expenses, or simply looking to use your cards more strategically, this episode is a goldmine. Listen in as Meagan McGuire, ChFC®, CSLP®, and Mary Rush, CFP®, CSLP®, talk tricks, tips, and savvy spending with every swipe. Discover how to make every dollar and every point work harder for you. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:32:10

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What Happens After the IDR Waiver?

4/23/2024
A timely discussion of what happens as we face down the expiration of the IDR waiver. Will the administration extend it at the last second? We don't know (as of the time of the recording). But one thing is sure: Borrowers can expect seismic shifts as the IDR waiver ends. It's been key to unlocking the forgiveness gates for many, but its flexible counting of nearly any kind of payment toward forgiveness expires at the end of April. We'll recap the IDR waiver and its benefits and explore what happens after the IDR waiver ends. Get clarity about your next steps and the implications of these changes on your student loan repayment journey. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Links mentioned: StudentAid.gov Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:18:12

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Roth IRA Disasters to Avoid

4/16/2024
Roth IRAs are a highly recommended retirement savings option but it’s not all smooth sailing. Student loan repayment, income limitations, and tax filing status can lead you to treacherous waters. Learn the missteps to avoid and how to correct mistakes before they escalate into hefty fines and taxes. Join student loan advisors Meagan McGuire, ChFC®, CSLP®, Sim Terwilliger, CFP®, CSLP®, and Sam Silberstein, CFP®, CSLP®, and explore contribution deadlines, the pro-rata rule, form 8606, the impact of being in a community property state, and how dual-income households should strategize their student loans and retirement savings. If you’re tired of cookie-cutter advice, you don’t want to miss this episode. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:46:37

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Last Call for the IDR Waiver

4/9/2024
It's the last call for the IDR waiver (aka IDR account adjustment). If you’ve listened to this podcast, you probably know what it is — but if you're not sure how the IDR waiver could benefit you, or if you have questions about PSLF, loan consolidation, or income recertification, this episode is for you. I’ll take you back to the beginning of the IDR waiver and walk you through it to make sure you get the most benefit before it expires on April 30th. You’ll also hear answers to listener questions about loan forgiveness and repayment plans and get valuable insights into the upcoming changes in consolidation rules. In today’s episode, you'll find out: The final (final) deadline for the IDR waiver and the need for timely actionThe hidden strategy behind introducing the PSLF waiver before the IDR waiverPotential benefits of consolidating student loans and crucial considerations to keep in mindHow the IDR waiver is a game-changer for borrowers with complex loan histories or multiple loansNew options if you’re thinking about loan consolidationA key tip for submitting employer certification forms for PSLF creditWhy brining up the awkward topic of student loans with your friends could benefit you and your peersCommon misconceptions about PSLF and employer certification, including a major myth bustedHow to find the recertification date for IDR and how to recertify income for income-driven repayment plansStrategies for handling recertification and loan consolidation to align with changes in incomeThe role of HR and the cautious approach taken when attesting to employment details for PSLFHow to turn in a new IDR application after loan consolidation Links mentioned: The American Rescue Plan The Department of Education Federal Student Aid Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:25:04

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The Dept of Education Shifts PSLF Processing from MOHELA: The Real Reason and Borrower Impact

4/3/2024
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program is undergoing major changes. The government is taking over processing from MOHELA, and a temporary pause is expected in May and June. How will this affect you? First, don’t panic — PSLF isn’t shutting down. The government is simply pausing processing while they transition everything over. But you’ll want to take a few proactive steps to safeguard your payment count before the transition happens. Listen in as I dissect the real reasons behind these changes. Could it be a strategic move in the future student loan management? Find out how it can impact your forgiveness: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:08:47

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Why Most Borrowers Will Get Forgiveness Now (Even Those With Small Balances)

4/2/2024
It sounds shocking, but it’s a reality we can’t ignore — and this isn’t just about folks burdened with 6-figure student loan debts. Now, even if you have a smaller loan balance, you have a path to student loan forgiveness. It’s the new SAVE repayment plan that’s making it possible. Listen in as we explore key factors shifting borrowers away from repayment toward forgiveness, from the increase in discretionary income allowances to the potential for accelerated forgiveness. You’ll discover the key moves you should consider and why freeing yourself from student loan debt could happen sooner than you think. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:21:40

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MOhela MO Problems

3/26/2024
To put it bluntly, MOHELA has student loan borrowers jumping through hoops to get things done, and it’s been extremely frustrating. Countless delays and mistakes being made, hours of being on hold or even being hung up on by servicers… the list goes on! In this episode, hosts Sim Terwilliger, CFP®, CSLP®, Sam Silberstein, CFP®, CSLP®, and Ben Lacomis, CSLP® join forces to shine some light on everything MOHELA is doing wrong. You’ll get tips and tricks to protect yourself from their mistakes. You’re not alone in this, folks! Let’s talk about what you can do to get the forgiveness you deserve and avoid falling for MOHELA’s mischief. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Links mentioned: Student Loan Borrower Protection Center Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:32:00

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The Tax Bomb Cliff Is Coming

3/19/2024
We’re standing at the edge of a major financial cliff that no one is ready for. Student loan forgiveness is happening at unprecedented rates — $138 billion and counting. Right now, borrowers are enjoying tax-free forgiven student loan debt courtesy of the American Rescue Plan. However, these benefits are set to expire at the end of 2025, leaving borrowers to face a tax cliff with unknown consequences. We’ll explore the legal skirmishes already bubbling, like the Kansas Attorney General’s case against the SAVE plan, and analyzing their impact and preparing for the potential scenarios ahead. I’ll also highlight the vital deadlines you need to know, like the expiring IDR waiver and the barrier to new entrants for the Pay As You Earn plan that’s coming up in July 2024. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:27:57

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You Have a New Job. Now What?

3/12/2024
For those of you stepping into new roles, congratulations! This milestone comes with a lot of things to think about, from managing lifestyle inflation to understanding the impact of major purchases on your future. We’ll uncover valuable insights on income-based student loan payments, refinancing options, and how to approach big decisions like whether to rent or buy a house. I’ll help you unpack the price-to-rent ratio so you can make a well-informed decision based on financial and personal factors. We'll also discuss contract negotiations, gender disparities, non-compete agreements, and the importance of getting the most out of your benefits package. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:40:08

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Till Debt Do Us Part

3/5/2024
Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:37:09

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Emergency pod: IDR Recertification Pause Extended

3/1/2024
Deadlines for updating your income and family size information for your IDR plan have been extended to late September 2024, at the earliest.

Duration:00:09:41

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Tips I’ve Learned as a Business Owner

2/27/2024
Are you curious about business ownership? Whether you're just flirting with the idea of starting your venture or already knee-deep in entrepreneurship, this show is packed with actionable advice to help guide your journey. We'll explore why setting boundaries is not just a buzzword but a fundamental practice for any successful business owner. You’ll also discover specific strategies to carve out a profitable niche, edge out competition, and utilize barriers to your advantage. But the key takeaway here is that student loan debt shouldn’t be a barrier to your dreams. So grab your notepad, and let's jump into the world of business ownership with a clear head and a strategic mindset. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:38:32

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Tax FAQs from Student Loan Borrowers

2/20/2024
Tax season got you scratching your head? Let’s clear the fog. Join me and Rebecca Bauldauf, CPA, CCFC, from the SLP Wealth tax team, as we navigate the maze of taxes, student loan planning, family dynamics, and long-term financial strategies. Whether you're flying solo or juggling the finances of a growing family, you’ll discover actionable tips that could lead to substantial savings, from the ins and outs of tax service fees to strategies for retirement savings and dealing with the IRS. And if you're in search of a long-term financial ally, learn how to find the right tax help that aligns with your goals. Get ready to reshape your financial approach and transform your tax strategy! In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:37:55

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Which Tik Tok Finance Tips Get You Arrested?

2/13/2024
Financial advice has never been more accessible — or more questionable. Are you ready to tackle the truth behind those viral finance hacks you’ve seen online? The barrage of personal finance advice on platforms like TikTok is a siren song, promising financial security and a life free from money worries. But those tips can affect more than just your wallet. Some might get you a slap on the wrist, while others could land you in legal hot water. Join me as I sift through the noise of self-proclaimed “experts” peddling easy wealth, from misleading tax credit pitches and hazy tax advice to exaggerated real estate loopholes and sketchy investment opportunities. Discover how to distinguish between genuine advice and deceptive, flashy pitches to build a solid financial foundation that can withstand the trends and temptations of our times. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorAmazon MusicLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan planGet profession-specific financial planning Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:26:35

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Financially Undressing: A Talk About Your Debt

2/6/2024
Are you ready to strip away the layers of your financial life? We’re unbuttoning the secrets of debt management and financial planning. We cover everything from the impact of inflated car prices on credit and the potential risks and benefits of home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) to debt management strategies and the potential tax implications of forgiven debt. Senior Student Loan Advisors Sim Terwilliger, CFP®, CSLP®, and Meagan McGuire, ChFC®, CSLP®, share expert insights on debt consolidation, budgeting for recurring expenses, and the significance of prioritizing mental health while working towards financial goals. Get ready to shed some light on your financial wardrobe with valuable tips to help you become debt-free and financially empowered. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorGoogle PodcastsLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan plan Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:53:48

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Using Real Estate to Lower Student Loan Payments

1/30/2024
The world of real estate can feel overwhelming. The rewards can be incredible, but it’s a journey filled with highs and lows. Joining me is Student Loan Advisor Rebecca Baldauf, CPA, CCFC, and Senior Student Loan Advisor and partner in SLP Wealth Dan Rooker, CFP®, CSLP®. They’re sharing their experiences with multifamily properties, I open up about my challenges with home renovations, and together we’re getting real about real estate investment and why you shouldn’t let student loans get in your way. You’ll learn about savvy tax planning, investment strategies that can make a big difference, and what it takes to get Real Estate Professional Status. Whether you're already dipping your toes in the real estate waters or just real estate-curious, this episode is a fountain of insights, personal stories, and expert advice. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Key tax-saving strategies and depreciation tricks in real estate How to calculate property depreciation from the purchase price Why real estate taxes are different from other investments The impact of real estate investment on financial health and lifestyle How real estate influences income-driven repayment plans Why refinancing real estate in changing market conditions can be a smart move What Real Estate Professional Status is and how to get it When to use 1031 exchange to defer capital gains tax in real estate The good and the bad of investing in owner-occupied properties How passive real estate investments like REITs factor into taxes Why tax planning is crucial when renting out personal residences What bonus depreciation is and how it can help you build wealth Links mentioned: BiggerPockets Coach Carson Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorGoogle PodcastsLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan plan Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:36:09

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Married Filing Separately Traps to Avoid

1/23/2024
Just in time for tax season, I’m unraveling the complex tax strategy of married filing separately. You might have heard that it’s a game-changer, especially for folks with student loans. But it’s not at all straightforward. You’ll learn the dos and don’ts, and I’ll uncover tips to help you avoid costly mistakes and even find some savings along the way. We’ll talk about everything from how your and your spouse’s income can play a huge role to unexpected losses like tax credits and deductions. Also, if you're juggling things like adoption expenses, dependent care credits, or figuring out the best way to handle your retirement contributions, I've got you covered. Student loan borrowers on an IDR plan, don’t miss the best tip: find out how delaying your tax filing just might be in your best interest. In today’s episode, you'll find out: Links mentioned: Get profession-specific tax help with SLP Wealth Like the show? There are several ways you can help! Follow onApple Podcasts,SpotifyorGoogle PodcastsLeave an honest review onApple Podcasts newsletter Feeling helpless when it comes to your student loans? Try ourfree student loan calculatorCheck out ourrefinancing bonuseswe negotiatedBook yourcustom student loan plan Do you have a question about student loans? Leave us a voicemail here or email us at help@studentloanplanner.com and we might feature it in an upcoming show!

Duration:00:28:08