Episode 18 - Planning for College

College, should you even go and how do you pay for it?

Mike, Patrick, and Andrew sit down to discuss the current state of higher education, how to plan for it, and what it is going to cost. The guys share their own experiences on college and what tools are available to students looking to save time and money.


  1. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm

  2. https://trends.collegeboard.org/sites/default/files/education-pays-2016-full-report.pdf

  3. https://modernstates.org/

  4. Here is the Wisconsin 529 Plan: https://529plans.investments.voya.com/Wisconsin/index.htm#.W6AYEOS0VHM

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