Jul 24, 2020

NGPF Speaker Series: Ryan Craig and Eric Tyson Discuss Innovative Alternatives To College

The NGPF Community was fortunate to have an amazing set of speakers this week for our latest installment of the NGPF Speaker Series. Venture Investor Ryan Craig joined personal finance guru Eric Tyson to discuss both alternatives to college and for those choosing the college pathway, strategies to keep the cost of that degree to a minimum. 
Here's some of the feedback from the teachers who attended the live event:
  • "Incredibly eye-opening session about alternatives to colleges."
  • "With what I learned today, I will continue to push for alternatives so students will get more value out of their educational funds."
  • "They were awesome and full of information and advice. I'm in WOW!"


  • 0:00~3:26 Introductions
  • 3:26~17:46 Eric Tyson talks about paying for college
  • 17:46~29:28 Ryan Craig talks about alternatives for college
  • 29:28~36:00 How modern-day apprenticeships are structured
  • 36:00~39:41 State of financial aid during the pandemic
  • 39:41~42:30 Negotiating financial aid offers 
  • 42:30~45:49 Modern college alternatives 
  • 45:49~48:16 COVID-19 and alternatives to college 
  • 48:16~52:56 Misconceptions surrounding financial aid 
  • 52:56~55:32 The two-faced role of community colleges 
  • 55:32~1:01:27 What higher education looks like in 5 years 
  • 1:01:27~1:03:28 On colleges and universities with low graduation rates 
  • 1:03:28~1:05:46 Tips for filling out the FAFSA
  • 1:05:46~1:07:06 Earning college credits in high school
  • 1:07:06~1:09:04 Potential influx of students enrolling in community college due to COVID-19 
  • 1:09:04~1:10:09 On for-profit institutions
  • 1:10:09~1:11:37 Role of college counselors 
  • 1:11:37~1:11:47 Conclusion


Register for upcoming Speaker Series events:

  • July 31st at 8am PT: Honorable John Ninfo, retired bankruptcy judge and fierce advocate for financial education and Tammy Hettinger, Exec. Director of Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) discuss their innovative program that teaches young people about the responsible use of credit and the consequences of credit card abuse. 
  • August 14th at 8am PT: Join us for a conversation with Sitara Nieves (E.D. of on-demand at Marketplace) and Jed Kim, host of the new podcast, Million Bazillion. “Million Bazillion” is a collaboration with “Brains On!” and is Marketplace’s first-ever podcast for kids. Host Jed Kim will answer the sometimes awkward, sometimes surprising questions kids have about money.


About the Authors

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

Ren Makino

Ren started interning at NGPF in 2014, and worked part-time through high school and college. With his knowledge growing alongside NGPF, he joined the team to work full-time after graduating from college in 2020. He is also the producer of the NGPF podcast. During his free time, he likes to try out coffees from different roasters across the world.

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