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Robert Farrington, the founder of The College Investor, has been featured in many media outlets on both a local and national level. He is America’s Millennial Money Expert®, and America’s Student Loan Debt Expert.
He is on a mission to help people escape student loan debt and start building wealth for the future.
If you are interested in contacting Robert for any media appearances or interviews, please use the contact page, or the contact information below. He will respond in less than 24 hours.
Robert Farrington is on a mission to help people get out of student loan debt and start investing for the future.
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About Robert Farrington
Robert Farrington is a Millennial Money Expert and Founder of TheCollegeInvestor.com.
He is on a mission to help millennials get out of student loan debt and start building wealth for their future. He also helps parents make smart choices about college financing options and navigating the complex world of paying for school.
Through his work at TheCollegeInvestor.com, Robert Farrington has emerged as one of the nation's leading student loan debt experts.
Farrington launched TheCollegeInvestor.com from his home in 2009, while finishing his MBA at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management. Being passionate about investing and personal finance, he wanted to connect with others who shared his passion. Not finding what he was looking for on campus, he created TheCollegeInvestor.com as a resource for young adults about money, covering topics from paying for college and escaping student loan debt, to investing their first dollars after graduation.
Since then, Robert Farrington has shared his successful student loan and wealth building expertise with thousands of young adults, both online, in person, and as a contributor to major publications such as Forbes and Huffington Post.
The San Diego native's drive to help others and "geekiness" have fueled his work as a blogger, journalist, entrepreneur, and family man. Farrington earned a Bachelor's of Arts in Political Science from UC San Diego, and an MBA from the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego.
Passionate about his family, FinTech, and watching the latest Marvel movie, Farrington resides in San Diego with his wife and son.
The College Investor
The College Investor is currently read by over 1,000,000 readers per month. With a focus on escaping student loan debt and learning how to build wealth, it is one of the largest websites that focuses on personal finance topics for millennials.
Some of the most popular content and tools include:
- 80 Ways To Find Student Loan Forgiveness
- The Definitive Guide To Student Loan Debt
- Every Student Loan Forgiveness Program Listed By State
- 30 Passive Income Ideas To Build Wealth
- 50+ Side Hustles To Start Earning Extra Income
- How To Start Investing After College In Your 20s
The College Investor also has a great social media following. Our stats as of May 2023:
Products & Services
Robert Farrington has created several products and partners with others on several services which can all be found on the Products page.
He also offers training courses on investing and specialty training on unique programs like Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
Robert Farrington has also written two books:
- Student Loan Debt: Getting In Smart, Getting Out Painlessly
- The Ultimate Guide To Saving For Retirement For College Graduates
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Topics Robert Speaks About
Robert Farrington is happy to speak on a variety of personal finance and investing topics, including student loan debt, millennial money issues, and investing. You can expect him to be prompt, courteous, and respond to you and your audience. He also promotes his own media appearances through his social channels, so what’s helpful for you is also helpful for him.
Robert is a dynamic and entertaining millennial money expert who talks about building wealth by escaping student loan debt, with a focus on showing folks how to get more by building multiple income streams.
Robert typically speaks about:
- Student Loan Debt
- Millennial Money Issues
- Financial Aid
- Paying For College
- How To Get Started Investing
- Creating Side Incomes To Achieve Money Goals
- Building A Side Hustle To Leave Your Day Job
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
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Bio Talking Points
Robert Farrington is America's Millennial Money Expert®
His blog, TheCollegeInvestor.com, reaches over 1,000,000 readers per month.
How he became a student loan debt expert.
How he believes that earning more money is one of the biggest factors in building wealth.
How today's economy allows anyone to earn at least $100 per month "on the side".
List of Interview Topics and Angles
Student loan repayment and forgiveness programs.
Student loan debt after graduation.
How to save for college. How to pay for college.
How to build multiple streams of income, and working "on the side".
How to get started investing.
Sample Interview Questions
What to do when you can't afford your student loan payments?
What student loan forgiveness programs could I qualify for?
Should I save for college in a 529 plan?
Where do I find financial aid?
How do I pay for college?
How can I earn an extra $100 per month?
How do you build multiple streams of income?
Why are millennials afraid to invest?
What does investing look like for millennials?
Check out all of these great appearances by Robert Farrington or The College Investor in the news.
Robert is a go-to resource when it comes to talking about student loan debt, saving and paying for college, and other Millennial Money topics.
8 News Now Las Vegas
On April 18, 2023, Robert spoke about the rise of student loan scams due to Biden's loan forgiveness program. Check out the clip here.
On December 8, 2022, Robert spoke about the rise of student loan scams and what to watch out for. Check out the clip here.
On November 17, 2022, Robert spoke about the rise of student loan scams and what to watch out for ahead of Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. Check out the clip here.
On September 15, 2022, Robert spoke with News Nation about the cost of college and how potential alternatives can lead to better outcomes for less money. Check out the clip here.
NBC 12 Virginia
On September 1, 2022, Robert spoke about the benefits of using a 529 plan to save for education expenses. Check out the clip here.
CBS 11 Colorado Springs
On August 25, 2022, Robert spoke about the changes to student loan repayment and what borrowers can expect when payments resume. Check out the clip here.
WILX 10 Michigan
On May 23, 2022, Robert spoke with Rachel DePompa about planning college savings and tools you can use to save for college. Check out the clip here.
ABC7 New York
On May 19, 2022, Robert spoke with Nine Pineda about saving for college and the benefits of 529 college savings plans. Check out the clip here.
On May 14, 2022, Robert spoke with the Today Show and NBC News about the issues facing student loan borrowers. Check out the clip here.
On January 22, 2022, NBC2 News Nebraska highlighted The College Investor's coverage of Nebraska Student Loan Forgiveness Programs. Check out the clip here.
Spectrum News 1 Los Angeles
On October 31, 2021, Robert spoke with Tanya McRae about the recent changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Check out the clip here.
KSL TV Utah
On May 19, 2021, NBC affiliate KSL TV shared The College Investor reporting on the best places to invest in cryptocurrency. Check out the clip here.
ABC 10 Sacramento
On February 16, 2021, Robert spoke with ABC10 about side hustles, the gig economy, and work from home jobs during the pandemic. Check out the clip here.
NBC 10 Boston
On January 18, 2021, Robert spoke with NBC LX which aired on NBC 10 Boston on Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness proposals. Check out the clip here.
NBC 5 Salt Lake City
On October 7, 2020, The College Investor's best free investing apps was covered as ways for novice investors to get started investing. Check out the clip here.
ABC 13 News Houston
On September 11, 2020, Robert discussed student loan forgiveness programs with Jeff Ehling for ABC 13 News in Houston, TX. Check out the clip here.
Fox 2 News St. Louis
On May 16, 2017, Robert discussed student loan consolidation scams with Mike Columbo for Fox 2 News in St. Louis. Check out the clip here.
CBS 2 Pittsburg
On February 6, 2017, Robert discussed student loan scams with Jon Delano for CBS 2 News in Pittsburg. Check out the clip here.
Fox 2 News St. Louis
- Bigger Pockets Money - Episode 267
- Side Hustle School - Episode 247
- Side Hustle Show - Episode 276
- Journey To Launch - Episode 36
- Financial Residency Podcast
- Masters of Money - Episode 15
- Your Money, Your Wealth - Episode 161
- Side Hustle Show - Episode 166
- The Money Mastermind Show - Episode 16
- Stacking Benjamins - Episode 40
- Stacking Benjamins - Episode 17
- YoPro Wealth - Episode 38
- Side Hustle Show - Episode 10
- Marriage, Kids and Money - Episode 45
- Marriage, Kids and Money - Episode 194
- The Hustle and Flowchart Podcast
- The WealthFit Podcast
- Pure Financial Advisors
- His and Her Money - Dealing With Student Loans During A Pandemic
- Washington Post Confident Wallet Podcast - How To Save For College
- Michelle Is Money Hungry: Student Loan Forgiveness
- Stay Wealthy Podcast: Grandparent 529 Plans
- Money Dad Podcast - Episode 17
- Money Talks News - How To Get Your Piece Of The Student Loan Forgiveness Pie
- Everyone's Talking Money: Student Loan Forgiveness
- Next Level Income Podcast - Episode 124
- Dad Edge Podcast - How To Not Let Tuition Drown You
- Bogleheads Live 32 - Saving And Investing For College
- Inspired Budget Podcast 85 - Student Loan Repayment
In Print Or Online:
Wall Street Journal
On April 25, 2023, Robert was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and discussed what happens if you don't pay your student loans.
On April 15, 2023, Fox Business highlighted the list of the 20 Most Expensive Colleges In America with Mike Rowe discussing the rising cost of college.
On April 11, 2023, Robert was interviewed by News Nation and discussed what parents and families should think about when it comes to choosing a college.
On March 29, 2023, The Root highlighted The College Investor's research into how much student loan debt members of Congress have.
On February 20, 2023, Fox Business highlighted the list of the 20 Most Expensive Colleges In America.
On February 17, 2023, Robert was interviewed by Money Magazine and shared his reminders for upcoming student loan dates and things to remember for borrowers.
On January 31, 2023, Best Life quoted Robert on when consumers should consider using auto-pay for bills, and when to avoid it.
On January 27, 2023, Yahoo Finance covered The College Investor when discussing the potential for a Plan B should Biden's student loan forgiveness program fail at the Supreme Court.
On January 11, 2023, CNBC quoted Robert when discussing how many Americans will see smaller tax refunds this year.
On January 11, 2023, Slate quoted Robert when speaking about saving and paying for college using 529 plans and how it impacts the gift tax exclusion.
On January 10, 2023, Robert spoke with KY3 News in Missouri and shared what changes taxpayers may see on their tax returns this year.
On January 8, 2023, CNBC covered The College Investor's guide to student loan forgiveness programs by state.
On January 1, 2023, Robert discussed different aspects that can impact your credit score.
On December 19, 2022, Robert was quoted in Business Insider talking about when taxpayers can expect their tax refunds this year.
On November 18, 2022, Robert was quoted by US News in an article about How To Adjust Your Tax Withholding.
On November 17, 2022, Robert joined the team from Time NextAdvisor to host a webinar about the state of student loan forgiveness.
On November 14, 2022, Robert shared his thoughts on the added benefits of grandparent-owned 529 plans with MarketWatch.
On November 11, 2022, CNBC covered The College Investor's take on the lawsuits affecting the student loan forgiveness plan.
On October 11, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor about where things stand with Biden's student loan forgiveness proposal.
On October 10, 2022, Robert shared his thoughts on appealing your financial aid award with MarketWatch.
On October 1, 2022, Robert's commentary was used in an article highlighting the rising costs of college and student loan debt on NBC News.
On September 9, 2022, Teen Vogue highlighted our article on For-Profit Colleges and Student Loan Forgiveness in their piece on student loan forgiveness and equity.
On August 25, 2022, The College Investor was mentioned as a resource by the Washington Post in finding other ways to get student loan forgiveness.
On August 24, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor about Biden's plan to forgive $10,000 in student loan debt.
On July 28, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Money Magazine and shared his thoughts about the possibility of a student loan pause extension.
On June 13, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts about what the future of student loan forgiveness from President Biden might be.
On June 9, 2022, Robert shared his thoughts with Buzzfeed on whether you should buy or rent a house in today's market.
Los Angeles Times
On April 21, 2022, the Los Angeles Times covered The College Investor's reporting on how student loan servicers make money in their coverage of student loan relief.
On April 13, 2022, Non-Profit Quarterly did a deep dive into The College Investor's research into the student loan debt of members of Congress and shared some of Robert's insights.
On April 12, 2022, The College Investor's insights into the President's authority to pause student loans was cited by The Nation in an article about the Student Loan Debt Crisis.
On April 12, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Fortune and shared what he believes will happen in the future for student loan forgiveness.
On April 6, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts about President Biden extending the student loan pause through August 31, 2022.
On April 5, 2022, Robert shared his thoughts with Bankrate about the best ways to teach kids and families about investing.
On March 23, 2022, CNBC covered our proposal on how President Biden could legally forgive student loans via regulatory changes.
On March 4, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared what student loan borrowers should do as they wait for the student loan pause to end.
On February 23, 2022, The College Investor's resource on the average student loan debt by college graduation year was covered by CNBC.
On February 21, 2022, The College Investor's tax resources were covered by CNET as a tool for people waiting on their tax refund.
On February 16, 2022, Robert was interviewed by Fortune and shared his insights into student loan debt cancellation.
On January 11, 2022, Politico mentioned The College Investor's reporting on cryptocurrency and whether it can be a hedge against other assets.
On December 29, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts about President Biden extending the student loan pause an additional 90 days.
On December 21, 2021, Slate named The College Investor one of the top community-builders in the personal finance space.
On December 20, 2021, Robert spoke with Insider about what tax payers can expect in 2022 about tax refunds and timing.
On November 23, 2021, LifeHacker did a story on gifting crytpocurrency and covered The College Investor's guide to crypto.
Better Homes & Gardens
On November 19, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Better Homes & Gardens about how freelancers and self-employed individuals can qualify for a mortgage.
On October 12, 2021, Robert spoke with Insider about what margin calls are and how investors need to be aware.
On September 30, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts about the loan servicer changes taking place with FedLoan, Navient, and GSMR.
On September 8, 2021, Robert spoke with Fortune and shared his thoughts on the final student loan extension and what borrowers can expect.
On August 30, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Real Simple and shared his thoughts on how to avoid student loan scams, as well as what to do if you've been scammed.
On August 24, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Insider about how the cryptocurrency Ethereum works and what some of nuances of it are.
On August 10, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts on how to handle the student loan freeze extension.
On August 5, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor about the future of student loan forgiveness during the Biden administration.
On June 3, 2021, The College Investor was mentioned by Fortune in an article about companies that are offering shareholder benefits.
On May 18, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and shared his thoughts about what borrowers with private student loans should be doing right now.
On May 12, 2021, Cosmopolitan shared The College Investor's ideas on how to save money on textbooks in an article about How To Save Money In College.
On April 29, 2021, Robert was interviewed by Time NextAdvisor and offered his thoughts on the future of student loan forgiveness and higher education reform.
On April 15, 2021, LifeHacker did an in-depth story on Robert's article on which states offer student loan forgiveness.
On February 15, 2021, Robert was interviewed by CNN about how student loan borrowers can make the most of the student loan forbearance.
On December 15, 2020, Robert was quoted on the Today Show about what student loan borrowers need to know about potential loan forgiveness proposals by President-Elect Biden.
On November 11, 2020, Entrepreneur featured an interview with Robert about how he paid of $44,000 in student loan debt by side hustling.
On October 6, 2020, Entrepreneur named The College Investor Audio Show one of the seven best podcasts about investing.
On August 25, 2020, AAA Magazine named The College Investor Podcast one of the top 10 most valuable podcasts about money and finances.
On July 31, 2020, Robert was quoted on Money.com about the importance of buying life insurance for a child in specific situations.
On July 22, 2020, Robert was quoted on MSN Money speaking about the ways that recent college graduates can think about homeownership.
On July 17, 2020, Robert was quoted in Business Insider speaking to the benefits of term life insurance.
On July 13, 2020, Robert was quoted in NextAdvisor about the best ways to utilize certificates of deposits.
Saving For College
On June 11, 2020, Robert was named as one of the eleven best people to follow when it comes to repaying student loans by SavingForCollege.com.
On April 30, 2020, Robert was quoted in Forbes discussing the impact of Coronavirus on higher education.
On April 29, 2020, Robert was named one of the top 25 financial experts to follow during difficult times by Due.
On April 28, 2020, Robert was quoted on Fox Business on the impact of college closures and tuition refunds for students and families.
On April 24, 2020, Robert discussed the impact of the Coronavirus on saving for college and what families should do with their 529 plans.
Credit Union Journal
On April 15, 2020, Robert discussed the impact of the Coronavirus on student lending and the impact on credit unions and bank with the Credit Union Journal.
On March 26, 2020, Robert discussed ways to skip a payment due to the Coronavirus with MSN Money.
On June 3, 2019, MarketWatch shared Robert's story about how he is using an HSA to invest for the future.
On February 9, 2019, Fast Company highlighted The College Investor as one of the six best resources for tax season.
On March 7, 2018, Robert was cited in a story about why it's never a good idea to lend out your credit card to friends (even though 50% of people do it).
On February 6, 2018, Robert was quoted by US News in an article about What Every Borrower Needs To Know About Student Loan Interest Rates.
On June 14, 2017, Robert shared his story about how earning more money online has allowed his family to achieve happiness with Business Insider.
On April 24, 2017, Robert discussed why a blog is better than an MBA and why graduate students need to consider the ROI of their college degree with Entrepreneur.
On February 7, 2017, Robert shared his opinion about student loan scams, student loan servicing, and the problems facing student loan borrowers with The Ringer.
The Cheat Sheet
On June 6, 2016, Robert was quoted in The Cheat Sheet article the 3 Types of People Who Should Not Go To College.
On May 29, 2016, Robert was quoted in the Newsday article So You've Got A Diploma - And Debt. Here's How To Pay It Off.
On May 22, 2016, Robert was quoted in The Street article Most Americans Don't Know What A 529 Plan Is.
On May 22, 2016, Robert was quoted in The Street article Can You Refinance A Student Loan? Yes, You Can.
On May 19, 2016, Robert was quoted in Block Talk article Break Up With Mom And Dad: How To Budget On Your Own.
On May 2, 2016, Robert was quoted in the Huffington Post article After The Ceremony: What To Do After Graduation
In the May 2016 Edition, Robert was quoted in the Inc. Magazine article Have Kids? Start Planning Their College Now
On December 31, 2015, Robert’s ultimate resource on Student Loan Forgiveness By State was covered in-depth by the Washington Post in the article These States Might Forgive Some Of Your Student Debt
On September 17, 2013, Robert Farrington was featured in a piece on Making Money Online.
The New York Times
On September 24, 2012, Robert was featured in the Small Business Section of the New York Times.
On September 6, 2012, Robert was highlighted at Business Insider with What Gordon Gekko Can Teach Us About Greed.
On August 24, 2012, Robert was highlighted as a Great Reads from Around the Web in Kiplinger.
On September 12, 2011, Robert was highlighted in USA Today for his insights into student investors.
Robert Farrington also contributes his thoughts around education, student loan debt, millennial money and investing, and more at various media outlets.
He has a regular Forbes contributor column here.