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Paying for College – Learn about the Federal Student Aid Toolkit and Other Student Loan Resources

This 60-minute webinar will explore financial issues related to paying for college. It will also introduce Federal Student Aid’s Financial Aid Toolkit, a resource for organizations that support students and families in making financial preparations for attending college or career school.

Dr. Barbara O'Neill will provide a brief overview about student loan debt and will describe current research about student loan decision-making being conducted by a multi-state group of Cooperative Extension specialists and other land-grant university researchers.

Cindy Forbes Cameron will describe the resources in the Financial Aid Toolkit which include:
  • outreach resources such as fact sheets, videos, infographics, and PowerPoint presentations;
  • social media resources such as sample tweets, Facebook posts, and blog posts;
  • information on embedding videos and infographics in your website; and
  • ideas for organization newsletter articles or e-mails to students.

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. At the office of Federal Student Aid, 1,200 employees help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school. Federal Student Aid is proud to sponsor millions of American minds pursuing their educational dreams.

More information about students loans, the Financial Aid Toolkit, and other resources available through the office of Federal Student Aid can be found here:


Cindy Forbes Cameron is a Lead Communications Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid, where she has worked for more than 15 years. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and an M.A. in Victorian Literature from the University of Buckingham in England. Her focus includes website content management as well as outreach to school counselors and the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

Dr. Barbara O’Neill is Co-Chair of eXtension's Financial Security for All Community of Practice. Dr. O'Neill is financial resource management specialist for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, has been a professor, financial educator, and author for 35 years. She has written over 1,500 consumer newspaper articles and over 125 articles for academic journals, conference proceedings, and other professional publications. She is a certified financial planner (CFP®), chartered retirement planning counselor (CRPC®), accredited financial counselor (AFC), certified housing counselor (CHC), and certified financial educator (CFEd). Dr. O’Neill served as president of the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education and is the author of two trade books, Saving on a Shoestring and Investing on a Shoestring, and co-author of Investing For Your Future, Money Talk: A Financial Guide for Women, and Small Steps to Health and Wealth. She earned a Ph.D. in family financial management from Virginia Tech and received over three dozen awards for professional achievements and over $900,000 in funding for financial education programs and research.

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