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John Wasik, Author of "The Debt Free Degree"

It is college week on So Money! All week we’re dedicating the show to all aspects of college – How to afford it? How to pick the right school? How to dissect the financial aid process? Is college worth it? And much, much more. This concept of doing a themed week is thanks to you, by the way. I asked you a couple months back what types of changes or additions you would like to the show and some of you suggested themed weeks. I experimented with it last year with Millionaires Next Door Week and So Money Millennials Week. And they were very popular. I’m hoping to dedicate more of the podcast to these special deep-dive weeks.

Kicking us off to educate us all on the best ways to afford college and how to steer clear of too much debt is the author of the new book “The Debt Free Degree: How to Eliminate College Debt At Every Step.”

John Wasik is an award-winning author of 15 books, speaker and journalist discussing financial topics from investing to student loans and more. John also serves as a personal finance columnist and blogger for Reuters. Prior to his current role he served as a former special projects editor for Consumers Digest magazine.  His work has been featured in outlets including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN amongst many others.

In our time together we discuss…

  1. How to identify the most affordable school.
  2. How to fill out a successful FAFSA to earn enough financial aid?
  3. What schools offer the best financial aid?  You might be surprised…

If you’d like to learn more about John Wasik visit his website http://johnwasik.net/ and blog thedebtfreedegree.net/blog or follow him on Twitter @JohnWasik.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “Student debt is amoral because it bolts an entire generation’s ability to move up the economic ladder.” – Click to Tweet

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