You don’t have to figure out paying for college alone. Access top college experts for a fraction of the cost and join other families pursuing a debt-free degree for their child.
DFD Lab is your personal blueprint of how to pay for college, providing step-by-step training, tools, and guidance to move your family closer to a debt-free degree...
...and actually feel sane, smart, and “oh my gosh we can actually DO this” in the process.
College is worth attending. But at what cost?
Our goal? To help your family pay as little as possible for college.
Hey there! I’m so excited you and your family have chosen to say “NO” to the ridiculous college price tag and decades of student loans.
I’m Jocelyn Paonita, founder of The Scholarship System. I know how confusing and overwhelming this whole paying-for-college journey can be.
You may feel like you’re going in circles trying to figure out how to afford college, ideally without your child taking on loads of student debt or you pulling from retirement, home equity or whatever other desperate act to find the money. Yet you still can't see any light at the end of the tunnel.
You don’t want money to hold your teen back. You want them to be able to go to a good college, maybe even their “dream college”, but you also feel like it’s your responsibility to keep your teen from making a major financial mistake. You’ve got the feeling that if you just knew the RIGHT steps, you’d be golden - but with all the advice out there… you don’t know which way is up.
I’d LOVE to help you get things straightened out, so you can help your student pursue their dream career, without being buried in student loans or money being tight for the family.
Our private membership is currently open for enrollment until Thursday and as you’ve landed here, my guess is that you want to find out more :) so all the information you need is below.
We’re just beginning with this journey but have helped thousands secure scholarships for college, helping them in their path to a debt-free degree. Now, we want to cover ALL the strategies, from A to Z, and I’d love to help you too.
I am confident you will find the tools, tricks and tips required to make your ‘paying-for-college process’ as smooth as possible. Remember, the path to a debt-free degree is a journey. And we will help guide you along that journey. No more struggling trying to figure it all out by yourself, come and join us and let’s make this process as simple and stress-free as possible.
See you on the inside,
DFD Lab is a monthly membership to help you navigate the process of paying for college as easily, quickly and stress-free as possible.
We are pooling knowledge from top college funding experts around the country and combining it with the community and support your family needs.
Think of it as your one-stop shop for streamlined trainings and support to help your family’s dream of debt-free college into reality (for a fraction of the cost).
It’s a place to keep you focused on the best strategies for your family (without needing to scour the whole internet for the next right step or spend thousands on multiple different consults).
We will help take you from overwhelmed, frustrated, and unsure of where to begin with paying for college... to having confidence in the decision, a plan on how to pay, and the best deal for your student.
In the end, our goal is to help your student receive a debt-free degree.
I've heard it so many times - "How the #*&$ do they expect us to cover that much? It's impossible!" We hear you. That's why we cover strategies to increase your chances of receiving financial aid, identify schools with the potential of aid, and other strategies for those who truly don't receive anything.
Doesn't have to be. We've found hundreds of schools that offer money to average students. Same with scholarships. And even so, there are so many other strategies regardless of GPA or test scores.
Do you have 15 minutes to spare during your lunch break? Then can knock out one of our videos. We purposely keep all trainings bite-sized so you can sneak in a lesson whenever you have a minute. And even if you want to knock it all out at once, our Lab Lessons ae always less than an hour.
Not on my watch! We've helped families all over the country get their child a quality education without having to borrow money. Even those already in college - we've helped students eliminate what they originally had to borrow. You can do it, too.
No more going in circles - we’re going to help you get complete clarity around what you need to do in order to reduce the cost of college and minimize the amount of student debt (or savings) you need. We’ll start with getting clear on:
Once you have your plan for success, we’ll show you step-by-step how to do what you need to do to see results through our library of Lab Lessons. No more feeling stuck or worrying about missing something.
We’ll then help you implement the strategies through live, online workshops and Q&As, accountability partners and more. You won’t be doing it alone.
We’re going to help your family uncover debt-free money to help pay the college bill.
Because getting to a debt-free degree is going to happen so much faster.
We’re here to help you kick your student into action when they fall off track. :)
This should be exciting, not stressful!
Instead of spinning your wheels wondering what to do, we’ll show you!
Week 1 — New Strategy & Lab Tool Week 2 — Lab Lesson Q&A with the Expert Week 3 — Bonus Expert Interview Week 4 — Monthly Mindset Sessions with Dr. Maggie Wray
The clarity you’re after so you can accurately decide between your student's college choices… but it goes much further than that, allowing you to see the loan payments if you borrow the remaining balance AND compares them to the average salary based on your student’s career choice.
You’ll get access to this next month once we start discussing colleges.
Want your student to own the process? Can't seem to motivate them and don't want to jeopardize your relationship?
Dr. Maggie Wray walks us through motivating your teen and helping them overcome stress, step-by-step, to show you quick and easy strategies that will help. After this, you’ll know exactly how to handle this process with your teen so that THEY are owning most of it (taking a load of stress off your shoulders AND theirs).
Are you ever confused by all the acronyms and terminology when doing your research? In our DFD Dictionary, you’ll have all the critical terminology you need at your fingertips so you can relax and focus on what you need to do, not stressing on what the form or instructions even mean!
Right now, things are changing every single day regarding the impact of Coronavirus on college admissions and financial aid. To support our members, we are regularly holding Q&As as well as bringing in experts to answer your COVID-specific questions. We plan to continue to provide this extra support as long as needed throughout these crazy times.
Expert Interview: 2021 FAFSA Update + Moving Forward Q&A Invites
In this bonus, finance expert of over 25 years, Sandy Voit, walks us through upcoming 2021/2022 changes to FAFSA that will greatly impact most families, as well as strategies to maximize financial aid. This is information that could save you THOUSANDS.
This bonus is brand new for Lab Members and is available to everyone who joins Debt-Free Degree Lab by TONIGHT at midnight ONLY.
Annual DFD Members get exclusive access to TWO of our most popular resources! Join The Debt-Free Degree Lab as an Annual Member today and you'll receive our Money Multiplier Worksheet and our Bonus Case Study: Top Tips for Quick Results from DFD Families Who Earned Over $237,800!
How can these bonuses help YOU? Here's the scoop:
The Money Multiplier Worksheet This worksheet will help you stand out among the crowd of applicants by arming you with the proper “additional materials” you can include with your application!
The Bonus Case Study breaks down real members' stories on how they quickly implemented strategies and earned over $237,800 in scholarships. This will save you time by identifying which strategies have the biggest impact AND reduce the overwhelm by demonstrating WHAT WORKS.
DFD Lab families are the most driven, dedicated families when it comes to minimizing student debt, or out-of-pocket costs, when it comes to paying for college. They want the best for their student but are also willing to desert the beaten path in order to find a better way for paying for college.
They’re active participants with positive attitudes. They aren’t excuse makers and they don’t threaten to give up when the process gets tough, they give constructive feedback, and understand the importance of graduating from college debt-free.
Sound like you and your family? Then you belong here.
This applies to these families who:
We think you'll love this program! :D Still, we stand behind our promises. That means, once you join us, you have 30 days to claim a refund if you feel like the DFD Lab isn’t for you or has offered you no value. Just contact us at email@example.com and we will issue your refund immediately, no questions asked.
Our Lab Lessons are about 45 minutes each, broken down into bite-sized, actionable videos.
After 1.5 years of bringing the best experts in the field to our members, we now have dozens of lab lessons covering a broad range of topics on paying for college. No matter the topic, we now have a go-to directory to walk you through that step in the process (and will continue to build this library for you each month with a new lesson!)
1) THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE -- IN FACT, I HAVE 5 OTHER COURSES SITTING ON MY COMPUTER, WAITING FOR ME. WHAT MAKES THE DFD LAB DIFFERENT?
2) HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BE A MEMBER?
$49 per month but this price will absolutely increase next time we open the doors. Anyone who gets in at this all-time low rate will be grandfathered in for life.
3) CAN I PAY ANNUALLY?
Sure! You save $91 (which is nearly 2 months free) when you pay annually!
4) CAN I CANCEL AT ANY TIME?
Yes, but we hope you won't! You can cancel really easily by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) CAN I GET A REFUND?
We stand behind our promises. That means, once you join us, you have 30 days to claim a refund if you feel like the DFD Lab isn’t for you or has offered you no value. Just contact us at email@example.com and we will process it immediately, no questions asked.
6) OUR FAMILY IS JUST STARTING THE COLLEGE PROCESS… DOES MY STUDENT HAVE TO BE A SENIOR OR HAVE CHOSEN THEIR COLLEGE TO DO THIS?
No, not at all. In fact, we actually can help those who have yet to choose a college even more! So the younger, the better! We welcome passionate, dedicated newcomers.
7) OUR STUDENT HAS ALREADY CHOSEN THEIR COLLEGE. IS THIS JUST FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T STARTED THE PROCESS YET?
Nope! If you’ve already chosen a school, there is still tons of opportunity to cut cost the cost of that school and find debt-free money to cover the bill. Remember: it is an ongoing process to graduate debt-free.
You’re also familiar with what I call the “college process roller coaster.” Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, a new set of problems arise to test your patience, determination, and commitment! When tackling the college process, we are always encountering the unknown. And wherever you are in that journey, the DFD Lab is here to help you out.
8) OUR STUDENT IS ALREADY IN COLLEGE. IS THIS JUST FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN’T STARTED COLLEGE YET?
The biggest opportunity is for families with students who have yet to begin college. Still, college students certainly have the opportunity to cut costs and secure debt-free money while already in college. We already have lessons that will apply to your situation so yes!
9) WHY DO YOU LIMIT ENROLLMENT PERIODS?
We are absolutely dedicated to making sure each and every one of our members receives the royal treatment when they join. We limit enrollment to a few times a year so we can create an experience where new members are warmly received, supported, and guided to all that the DFD Lab has to offer.
By holding dedicated enrollment periods, we can dedicate time and resources to welcoming each new “class” of members.
10) WE LIVE IN THE SOUTH/THE NORTHEAST/WEST COAST… MY STUDENT ISN’T A STRAIGHT-A-STUDENT/ATHLETE/LOW INCOME… MY STUDENT DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT TO MAJOR IN... WILL THIS HELP US?
YES. These are common myths when it comes to paying for college (don’t worry - we will bust those once you join us!). It doesn’t matter if your student has a less-than-perfect GPA/ACT/SAT score, doesn’t know what they want to do with their life or if your family has a decent income level, we can help you!