Free Financial Aid Podcast Debut

July 14, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
For Immediate Release


Free Financial Aid Podcast Debut

Quincy, MA —

Financial aid professionals may finally have an answer to the most complex question facing them since the inception of financial aid programs: how do you get information to students that they will listen to? The Student Loan Network may have the answer: podcasts.

Christopher S. Penn, producer and director of the Financial Aid Podcast, ( ) remarked, "Podcasts are the latest means of communicating with your audience. What makes them different from other mechanisms is that podcasts are the first communications method that takes advantage of three forces converging: the ubiquity of MP3 players (especially the Apple iPod), the near-ubiquity of high speed Internet access, and the desire on the part of people to get audio content when they want it, rather than when it's playing."

An example is Mr. Penn's Financial Aid Podcast, a regular Internet show which spends 15 - 30 minutes talking about financial aid, student loans, scholarships, and answering questions from subscribers, as well as introducing new "podsafe music", music which is free of abusive licensing arrangements promulgated by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

"One issue we've had to confront with the Financial Aid Podcast is that financial aid information isn't exactly the most dynamic, exciting information, so we've added in things like new music, free music, and tried to keep the podcast more conversational, rather than purely instructional," said Penn.

The Financial Aid Podcast is free to all subscribers; students and families can tune in at and listen using Apple's free iTunes software.


Contact Christopher S. Penn at for more information. The Student Financial Aid News is a service of The Student Loan Network, a multi-national education services company offering students options for managing the entire education lifecycle, from getting into their college of choice to financing their education and beyond. The Student Loan Network is based in Quincy, Massachusetts, with offices in Quincy and London, England. Visit them on the web at for more information.

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