Listen up those of you with kids. You know who you are – hopefully.
I’m sure you all have put some thought into sending your spawn to institutions… of higher education. I’m also sure that thoughts of funding that venture have caused you some anxiety. While I don’t have a solution for that, and that speeding train is almost upon me, I can suggest something to help with your planning – the Financial Aid Podcast (FAP).
In my vernacular, calling someone a “geek” means they have a passion for something. I am a proud mobile/handheld technology geek, but some of you might be car geeks, golf geeks, scrapbooking geeks, etc. Anyway, being geeky is good in my world. Fortunately for a lot of people, Chris Penn is a geek when it comes to financial aid. FAP, a service of the Student Loan Network, hosted by Chris, offers information, news and advice on all things financial aid, along with some pretty good music.
The show I would like to bring to your attention is FAP677: Scholarship Expert Shayla Price Interview. From the show notes; Chris interviews Shayla Price, a senior at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Shayla has the unusual distinction of earning more than $100,000 in renewable scholarships, effectively paying for her complete education without student loans or a dime of her own money. Shayla and Chris discuss the process she used to find those scholarships, her lessons learned, and some innovative ideas for using today’s technologies in a scholarship search that could net even greater awards.
Of all the shows I've heard, FAP677 was probably the most informative from a practical perspective. Hearing techniques and tips from someone who managed to navigate the financial aid morass and finance 100% of their education with scholarships is truly invaluable. It's one thing to hear from academics and financial advisers, but Shayla's experience was very relevant to parents and students. You can really use this interview to map a plan of action and identify appropriate roles for you and your kid(s). I cannot recommend this episode enough.
Okay, but what is podcasting?
A podcast is a digital file of audio and/or video content. Think of it as a radio or television show downloaded to your computer or portable media player. While it is a “computer file”, podcasting is not techie, as evidenced by the vast amount of subject material available.
The beauty of podcasting is that most are free, there is one for subject matter you can imagine, and you don’t need an iPod to participate. As long as you have a computer, you are good-to-go. I use iTunes as my podcast aggregator since Apple makes the process simple and they have a directory of probably thousands of podcasts. You can also download episodes of specific programs from a shows websites. From the FAP website, here’s how simple it is: