After a primary home, a college education may be the largest investment or expense a family will incur. With the growing cost of college and our nation’s student loan burden achieving such a high profile in many current political conversations, many families are left wondering about the best way to prepare for and pay for their children’s college education.

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Host Bio:
Mark Ruiz

Marc Ruiz is a Team Leader and Partner at Oak Partners. Marc has been serving clients in wealth management in the Chicago Metropolitan area for 25 years.

Marc graduated Purdue University West Lafayette with a focus in Marketing and Economics. Marc publishes a weekly article in the business section of the Hammond Times, Your Mind on Money, and has been featured in, Investment News and the Chicago Tribune.



Guest Bio:
Nicole D. Vaughn

Nicole D. Vaughn is a financial aid administrator at Purdue Northwest, acting as the Team Lead Administrator for the university’s Financial Aid Department and presenting financial aid information for outreach events across the region. For over 15 years, Nicole has been working in higher education financial planning, financial aid counseling and financial aid administration, and was recently nominated for Outstanding Administrator of the Year at Purdue University Northwest.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, with a B.S. in Biology (1998), Nicole has previous professional work experience including Columbia College Chicago, Chicago Tribune Company and Weiss Memorial Hospital (Chicago, IL).



Guest Bio:
Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall is a financial advisor for Lakeside Wealth Management who began her career shortly after graduating from Purdue University. Her focus primarily resides in the private wealth division, serving as a support advisor under CEO, Mark Chamberlain. Megan’s responsibilities include client meeting preparation and follow up, market research, data analysis and assisting the retirement plan division with participant enrollment meetings. 

Megan graduated from Purdue University,with a B.S. Financial Counseling and Planning with a minor in Management.  She has become a leading advisor for next generation clients, helping young adults start their financial journeys.  


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