Crowell School of Business
Managing Student Debt
Learn how to manage student debt.
Managing Student Debt
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Overview

What does it take to effectively manage student loan debt and to live debt free? According to Jacob and Andrea Marrero, it takes the right combination of motivation, encouragement, and specific tactics, all covered in Managing Student Debt. 

In this course, you'll learn how to identify your "Why" and how to build your budget, inspiring you to develop the focus to become debt free. By taking these steps, you'll also create the foundation to help you pay off student debt much sooner than you thought possible. 

As they share stories from their student debt journey, Jacob and Andrea will walk you through the following topics:

  1. Theology of Personal Finance
  2. The Burden of Student Loan Debt
  3. Foundations for Paying off Debt
  4. The Game Plan
  5. Debt-Free Living


      What You Earn
      Instructors
      Andrea Marrero
      Jacob Marrero
      Crowell School of Business

      About the Course Authors

      Andrea Marrero received her Master of Professional Accountancy from Biola University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed by the state of California. During her seven years in public accounting, Marrero worked as an auditor with Deloitte in Orange County and more recently for a local firm serving smaller businesses and individuals in audit, tax and consulting services. Marrero is currently working as a CPA for a firm in Orange County that provides businesses, churches and nonprofits with accounting and financial reporting processes. Marrero and her husband are passionate about serving at Disciple Church in Whittier, Calif. and helping people of all ages take control of their personal finances for God's glory as well as their own financial wellbeing. Her hope is that she will challenge all Biola students she works with to consider what plans God has for them in their future careers, spend time in community, grow and serve in a local church during their time at Biola.

      Jacob Marrero graduated from Biola University in 2015 with a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. After graduating from Biola he spent time working in e-commerce, social media, and digital advertising. He currently serves as an Account Executive for Biola’s Marketing Department. Outside of his role at Biola he serves as the Operations Director for Disciple Church. A local church body in Uptown Whittier where he also has the opportunity to teach and preach. He is grateful for the many wonderful men and women who have poured into his life during his time at Biola and could not be more proud to be a Biolan!

      About the Course Provider

      Founded in 1993, the Crowell School of Business is a leader among Christ-centered business schools, offering several programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Biola University is consistently ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities — including a ranking in the first tier of national universities by U.S. News and World Report. At the Crowell School of Business, we welcome the resolute: kingdom-minded professionals who are driven to make a difference in and through their work. Through our innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, we prepare students of all levels and backgrounds to thrive in business while serving Christ.

      Learn more about Biola University's Crowell School of Business

      Syllabus

      Welcome to Managing Student Debt. Each lesson...
      Overview
      Course Introduction
      Video
      Lesson 1 Introduction
      Video
      Money & Stewardship
      Video
      Debt
      Video
      Toil
      Video
      Reality Check
      Video
      Scripture Reflection
      Reflection
      Creating a plan to overcome student debt is a...
      Overview
      Lesson Intro: The Burden of Student Loans
      Video
      Financial Burden of Debt
      Video
      Debt Affects Your Life
      Video
      Action Step
      Reflection
      The Burden of Debt on Your Loved Ones
      Video
      Reality Check
      Video
      Lesson Activity
      Misc
      Why do you want to pay off student debt? In...
      Overview
      Lesson 3 Introduction
      Video
      Finding Your Why
      Video
      Reflection
      Reflection
      Pursuing Contentment
      Video
      Building Your Support System
      Video
      Action Step
      Misc
      Staying Humble
      Video
      Reality Check
      Video
      Activity: Action Step
      Misc
      In the last lesson you created your foundation...
      Overview
      Lesson 4 Introduction - The Game Plan
      Video
      Listing Your Debts (1)
      Video
      Listing Your Debts (2)
      Video
      File Download 1
      Essay
      Crunching the Numbers
      Video
      Action Step
      Misc
      Understanding the Total Cost
      Video
      Transition
      Video
      Accepting the Reality
      Video
      Transition to Attack
      Video
      Learning to Budget Every Dollar
      Video
      Action Step
      Misc
      Increasing Your Income
      Video
      Decreasing Your Expense
      Video
      Increasing Your Income and Decreasing Expenses
      Reflection
      Staying Focused
      Video
      Spirit-Led Giving
      Video
      Reality Check
      Video
      Recommended Resources
      Misc
      As you reflect on your future financial plans,...
      Overview
      Debt-Free Living
      Video
      How Not to Go Back into Debt
      Video
      Savings and Retirement
      Video
      Major (future) Purchases
      Video
      Generosity
      Video
      Reality Check
      Video
      Course Wrap Up
      Video
      Activity: Action Step
      Misc
      Recommended Resources
      Misc
      Course Evaluation
      Misc

      Course FAQ

      Each lesson is designed to take approximately 2-4 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the assignments. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

      No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete this course.  There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

      Since this course is designed as a completely self-paced experience, you will not have any interaction with the professor during the course.