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Carlos Aguilera

10 Things I Wish I Knew About Money Before Going to College

Carlos Aguilera was a first-generation college student who, at the age of 11, immigrated from Bolivia to the United States with his mother – along with their life belongings in two big suitcases.

Carlos earned his B.S in Marketing and MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where he held multiple jobs, internships and assistantships to pay for school.

Carlos has dedicated a major portion of his professional career to working in higher education in administrative, academic, recreational, residential and dispute resolution roles as he sought a 360 understanding of the student experience. Today, driven by both his passion for helping students and the knowledge gained from pursuing an MBA, Carlos guides students to achieve admission to their dream college or grad school program.  

You’ve seen the “broke college student” memes, heard about post-graduation student loan shock, and maybe you even have a few questions about how money works. This video will help you get a leg up on money-related topics that every college student should know before setting foot at school on move-in day and embracing an independent lifestyle for the next 4(ish) years. You will find this to be a financial jargon- and FAFSA-free firsthand account of all the personal finance information Carlos wishes he knew at 18.

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Brian Ingram

ABLE Accounts: A Dynamic Transition Tool ​

In this video, Brian Ingram explains how to use Able Accounts to build financial independence — including how to earn and save money while still remaining eligible to receive benefits from SSI/SSDI. ABLE Accounts can be used to save and invest money to support the college and/or career goals of disabled people — from college payments to car payments and from down payments on homes to job training and certification programs. Presented by ABLE NRC

In this video, Brian Ingram explains how to use Able Accounts to build financial independence — including how to earn and save money while still remaining eligible to receive benefits from SSI/SSDI. ABLE Accounts can be used to save and invest money to support the college and/or career goals of disabled people — from college payments to car payments and from down payments on homes to job training and certification programs. Presented by ABLE NRC

Tom Alessi

Investment Adviser

The Moody Street Group

Craig Richardson

Financial Services Professional

The Moody Street Group

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Preparing Your Finances For College

College planning is NOT just saving FOR college. College planning includes saving ON the cost of college. When it comes to college planning there is no one-size-fits-all solution. 

This workshop will help you discover the ins and outs of a very complex topic and how to apply the aspects of college planning and funding to your circumstances. Find out how to avoid paying one dollar more for college than absolutely necessary.

Tom is an Investment Advisor. Craig is a Financial Services Professional. They work together at The Moody Street Group.

Tom and Craig also lead The Moody Street Special Needs Resource Network. They both have had experience in dealing with a family member who has a disability. Their mission is to be a support for families of children who have a disability. The goal of The Special Needs Resource Network is to connect with as many organizations, advocates, and other professionals to be able to offer guidance and advice to those families.

Presented by The Moody Street Group 

Rob Opp

Sourcer, Veterans and Individuals with Diverse Abilities

TD BANK

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Managing Your Credit Score

TD Bank has an Education & Financial Literacy Division that believes basic financial literacy is a foundation for personal and national prosperity. TD Bank also believes that it has a responsibility and the unique ability through its financial skills and expertise to make a strong contribution. It does this by providing its financial literacy curriculum both online and to schools and by holding numerous financial literacy workshops for various ages in communities across the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

Expert planner Rob Opp will help you discover the ins and outs of how loans and credit scores work. And he will explain how to keep on top of your finances after leaving high school.

Bring all your questions about how to grow, maintain and even repair your creditworthiness when you are just starting out! Also learn about careers at TDBank.

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