Lower College Costs, and Eliminate Student Loans!

Information is the key... when you have a clear understanding of all the costs of college, you can take action!
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 7/2015 English

Course Description

College is a positive life changing experience, but for most it comes at a high cost. The average American student graduates with $30,000 in student loans. This course will guide you through each of your potential expenses in college, and how you can cut back on certain costs that will not add value to your college experience.

The objective of this course is that you eliminate your student loans altogether.

This course will therefore:

  1. Tell you why college is worth it
  2. Show you exactly why student loans are not good -- what you will end up losing in life, monetarily, with the burden of student debt
  3. List the most common college-related expenses
  4. Show you how you can cut on potentially all of these expenses, without impacting your college experience
  5. Expand on the pros and cons of each of the cost-cutting strategies laid out
  6. Tell you where not to cut costs
  7. Empower you with the information needed to eliminate student loans!

What are the requirements?

  • Open mindedness

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand exactly what the college experience entails
  • Save up to $70,000 in college expenses
  • Be able to lay out exactly where you're going to spend your education dollars
  • Know the pros and cons of all cost-cutting strategies
  • Become an Active Consumer
  • Get on a path of financial security for the rest of your life!

What is the target audience?

  • College Students: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors
  • High School Students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Parents of high school and college students
  • College Counselors both in Colleges and High Schools

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: Introduction

In this lecture I talk about the problem around student loans, and how I can help you solve it through some very smart strategies, which I'll share through this entire course!

1 page

Here's why...


Who this course is for -- and who it is not!


6 Reasons Why College is absolutely Worth It!

1 question

Quiz Question on Why College is worth it

Understanding colleges
1 question

The true cost of student loans is not just the loan amount, or the interest you end up paying, but its also the ability you lose to invest that same amount of money over your lifetime. Its the difference between having an extra $500,000 in your net worth by the time you're 50 or not...

This lecture is a demo of this concept, and covers the Excel based calculator for the same.

1 question

Quiz Question on the true cost of student loans

Section 2: Costs And Cost-Cutting Strategies

Understand the basic list of college related expenses for

  1. Private colleges
  2. In-State Public colleges
  3. Out-State Public colleges
1 question

At the sticker price, which type of college is the most expensive to attend?


This lecture covers the four main criteria that you should consider before choosing a college of your choice, and covers a walk-through of the White House college ranking tool, and a few other credible ranking websites.

1 question

Quiz Question on Choosing the Right College


This lecture will teach you how to use "Net Price Calculators" available on College Board. Using these calculators can help you estimate the expenses of the college of your choice, etc.


This course will cover:

  1. How much you're going to spend on rooming costs
  2. How much can you save
  3. Cost-Saving Strategies for Rooming
  4. Best practices

This course will cover:

  1. How much you're going to spend on Board
  2. How much can you save
  3. Cost-Saving Strategies for Board
  4. Best practices
1 question

Quiz Question on Room and Board expenses

1 page

1 page on what credit hours mean


HOW to graduate in 3 years

1 question

Quiz Question on the 3 year graduation plan


Graduating in 3 years is a major decision. This lecture covers a detailed analysis -- of pros and cons -- of graduating early.


I'll go over my graduation plan in detail from the University of Maryland for my major, Environmental Economics. I graduated in 3 years!


Like the 3 year plan, this lecture will explain how you can graduate in 3.5 years, and also covers detailed pros and cons of graduating in 3.5 years.

1 question

Quiz Question on 3, and 3.5 year graduation plans


How double majors and minors work, and the pros and cons of taking either of those tracks.


Textbooks represent 10%-20% of an average college student's debt. In this lecture, we will go over how to "hack" through the process of buying textbooks and cutting your textbook related expenses significantly.

1 question

Quiz Question on Textbook Strategies


From notebooks to q-tips, this lecture will cover every penny you will spend on "necessary" college items. I'll go over what I think are items you can avoid purchasing, and how much you can save in the process!


Credit card related debt adds ~10% over and above the average student's debt. We'll go over what college students use credit cards for and how you can cut back on credit card expenses.

1 question

Quiz Question on Credit Cards


In this lecture, I'll go over how college students use laptops, and what options are available in the marketplace for a good laptop that will not only do the job, but do it splendidly.

1 question

Quiz Question on Laptops


In this short lecture, I'll cover the detailed costs (monetary and time) of owning online movie streaming memberships. Every small little step counts!


In this lecture, we will go over all the costs associated with owning a car whether you're a commuter student or not... and how you can avoid those costs!


Greek life is expensive. Will break down all the costs associated with being part of greek life. What the pros and cons of being a Greek are, and whether its right for you.


This lecture is a summary of all the previous lectures!

1 question

Quiz Question on the entire course so far

Section 3: Where You Should Not Cut Costs On College

Are you a commuter student, or are thinking of becoming one? In this section I'll cover why students opt to commute, under what circumstances should they ideally commute, the pros and cons of being a commuter student, and why it may not be a great idea to commute.


A common method used by students, and was even used by some of my college friends, is going to a community college for 2 years, and then transferring to a university to complete a bachelors degree. Here's my take on why that's not good, and how you can go to a 4 year college without saddling yourself with all the expenses.

Section 4: "Bonus" Material

How to hack the FAFSA process

2 pages

Download slide summaries of this lectue

1 question

Quiz Question on the FAFSA Process


How to apply for "small" scholarships that can add up! In this lecture, I'll share my story of how I made close to $10,000 in scholarships over 3 years.

2 pages

Download scholarship document

Section 5: Downloads
187 pages

Download all course materials.

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Instructor Biography

Anand Gupta, Consultant and Entrepreneur

I graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 (Class of 2014) where I studied Environmental Economics.

I grew up in India, Bahrain, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. At 16, I started a social enterprise in the carbon credits business in India that was eventually endorsed by the United Nations. This project led to me to be a part of a junior Indian delegation to climate change talks in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009.

This early exposure to capitalism + environmentalism was my inspiration for the Environmental Economics and liberal course of study at college. At Maryland, I became fascinated by, among other things, economics principles.

My deep appreciation for capitalism has refined my views on environmentalism and my career as well. I now want to spend as much of my time building things (or in teams of people that are building things), directly or indirectly, that have viable business models AND help people improve the quality of their lives AND help people conserve natural resources and the environment (in that order).

And that's where the motivation for this course comes from. Since time is my most valuable asset, I'd like to use some of it to advise folks on how you can save on unnecessary student loans! Debt for college is NOT something that you HAVE to take on to benefit from the experience of college -- life is better when you are financially independent.

Most recently, however, I've been working at an energy consulting company helping commercial buildings and industries become more efficient (in line with my life mantra of helping create economic and environmental value)!

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