Federal loans, private loans, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, income-based repayment, income-contingent repayment, consolidation, deferment, forbearance, forgiveness. Are you confused yet? These are the terms you need to know as you help your clients navigate the education planning process before their children go off to college and after graduation. With total student loan debt approaching the $1.6 trillion mark, 6-year graduation rates stagnating at 59%, and higher education degrees becoming the minimum requirement for gainful employment in the country, advisors need to know how to guide and educate their clients to effectively and efficiently plan for college when time is on their side and resources are available, and more importantly, when they are not.
Ross Riskin is an Associate Professor of Taxation and the Director of the CFP and ChFC Education Programs at The American College of Financial Services. In addition to building engaging online education experiences and teaching courses in taxation and financial planning, Dr. Riskin’s research and professional expertise focus on tax planning with respect to college and student loan advising. He is also a Partner at Riskin & Riskin, PC, and is the Founder of the American Institute of Certified College Financial Consultants (AICCFC).
Professor Riskin is recognized as a thought leader and expert in the areas of tax planning, college planning, and student loan advising, and he is the author of The Adviser’s Guide to Education Planning: 1st Edition, which is published by the AICPA. Professor Riskin has presented to over 12,000 individuals through webinars, conferences, and in the classroom. He has been quoted in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, US News, The New York Times, and Investment News. He has also been published in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Wealth Management, Journal of Financial Planning, Journal of Accountancy, Tax Notes, and the Journal of Multistate Taxation and Incentives.
In addition to being a CPA/PFS and Certified College Financial Consultant (CCFC), Professor Riskin received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree from Fairfield University, a Master of Science in Taxation degree from Bentley University, and a Doctorate of Business Administration in Finance degree from Sacred Heart University.