Episode 38: Helping Kids Make College Choices with Nate Bargar

by Financial Design Studio, Inc. / March 6, 2024

How do you help guide your kids through one of the most impactful financial choices of their life? Nate Bargar, a post-secondary counselor, joins us to discuss how to help high schoolers think through their college choices. In this episode, we cover everything from selecting a major, calculating non-financial costs, and finding real scholarships.

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Key Moments

1:26 Meet Nathan!

8:05 How to help highschoolers pick a major

17:56 Exploring options other than traditional college choices

24:34 How to calculate non-financial costs

30:07 Are expensive programs even worth it?

40:38 What’s happening with the FAFSA?

50:00 Where can you find scholarships?

56:10 Specifically, sports scholarships

1:00:05 Specifically, academic and test based scholarships

1:11:00 Closing thoughts

Related Links

Read Georgia Tech’s article “the Best of Intentions.”

Find scholarships at goingmerry.com

Episode 36, “How to set your kids up for success.

Episode 35, “The college funding challenge.”

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Credits for “Helping Kids Make College Choices”

Executive Producer : Anna Lewis

Host : Michelle Smalenberger, CFP®

Guest : Nate Bargar

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We are financial advisors in Deer Park and Barrington, IL. A team with a passion for helping others design a path to financial success — whatever success means for you. Each of our unique insights fit together to create broad expertise, complete roadmaps, and creative solutions. We have seen the power of having a financial plan, and adjusting that plan to life. The result? Freedom from worrying about the future so you can enjoy today.