Podcast #31 A No Loan Zone Journey: Zarai’s story, Podcasts

EP#31 A No Loan Zone Journey: Zarai’s story

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Zarai Aquino came to the United States in the fall of 2017 after a hurricane struck the island of Puerto Rico. Her story is how she navigated the transition from high school to college without taking out student loans. Despite a twenty year age gap between her and her sisters, Zarai learned first hand the stress and frustration that can come from mounting student debts.

Key takeaways:

  • Fill out the FAFSA form: https://studentaid.gov/
  • Do your research. Check out your college’s website. Look for scholarships, grants and programs that can help you pay for college.
  • Don’t understand something? Ask questions. Go to the Financial Aid office and don’t be shy about asking for help.

Also, if you are unsure about your career direction and want help on completing a degree, debt free, you can reach the host of this podcast, Janet Maltbie, at radiowannabe.com/contact. She teaches a totally online career exploration class through Lorain County Community College, called Career Exploration and Life Planning, SDEV 103. 

Podcast #27 The Show Me the Money Show, Podcasts

EP#27 The Show Me the Money Show for Full Time Students

Need more scholarship money? The Sail program could help you.

Today on our program Matt Mercado discusses the Sail program at Lorain County Community College. Participants in the program get free money in the form of gap tuition scholarships, textbook vouchers and gift cards. They also get personalized career advising, priority registration and access to career development workshops. It is all designed to help you complete your degree in three years or less. So if are a full time student receiving the Pell Grant and you are thinking about taking out loans to cover your expenses, you owe it to yourself to check out programs your college campus that will pay you as you go to school. 

For more information about the Sail program contact Matt Mercado at Lorain County Community College at 440-366-4117. More information can also be found at the Sail program website

Also, if you are unsure about your career direction and want help on completing a degree, debt free, you can reach the host of this podcast, Janet Maltbie, at radiowannabe.com/contact. She teaches a totally online career exploration class through Lorain County Community College, called Career Exploration and Life Planning, SDEV 103. 

Podcast #8 SYW complete debt free, Podcasts

EP#8 So you want to compete a degree, debt free: Zarai’s Story

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Meet Zarai Aguino, an 18 year old LCCC student who survived a hurricane and is committed to completing her degree, debt free at Lorain County Community College. She and her advisor, Whitney Hougland, discuss the SAIL program designed for Pell grant recipients who have completed 24 credits or less and can carry 12 or more credits more during a regular semester. For more information call Matthew Mercado at mmercado@lorainccc.edu or 440-366-7320.