Student Loans & Service Members

This is a free webinar hosted by the Personal Finance concentration area of the Military Families Learning Network.

This 90-minute webinar will cover the process of choosing a college and evaluating education programs programs to determine the cost value of a student loan before acquiring the debt. The facilitators will also discuss using the  GI Bill Comparison Tool, as well as avoiding loan scams. The second half of the webinar will take a look at repayment options and how to recover from mounting student loan debt, with special focus on options for members of the Armed Services.


AFC-credentialed participants can earn 1.5 CEUs. More information about this process is available here. This webinar is approved for 1.5 general CEUs for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CPFC).

How to Join the Webinar:

You may connect via APAN Connect (recommended) or YouTube Live. For tech support for either system, email us at

  • APAN Connect (direct interaction with presenters and audience)

    • Firefox / IE are the preferred browsers for this platform.
    • To get the URL for the webinar, register in the grey box at the top-right of this page

    • Go mobile by viewing on the Adobe Connect app (Android & iPhone compatible)

    • If you cannot access APAN Connect, view via YouTube Live

  • YouTube Live (broadcast only, limited interaction)

Visit our How to Join page for full information on viewing options and troubleshooting tips.


Carol Kando-Pineda
is Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education where she leads teams to create and distribute free materials – in print, through online tips and video, and by social media – to help people avoid scams, manage their money and make wise buys. She also builds outreach partnerships and manages the Commission’s initiatives with military and veterans audiences and through public libraries.

Patrick Campbell works as a Policy Analyst for the Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA) at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Patrick is one of the country’s leading experts on the Post-9/11 GI Bill® having been a key architect of the new program back in 2008. Before joining the CFPB team, Patrick was the Chief Legislative Counsel for Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).  Sgt. Campbell was also a combat medic serving with the DC National Guard,. He served in Iraq with the 256th Infantry Brigade regularly patrolling Baghdad. He was awarded the Combat Medical Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Cover image: Photospin/Tom Baker

Created by Molly Herndon

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