What is CampusChat?
Sep13

What is CampusChat?

#CampusChat is a weekly Twitter chat hosted by SmartCollegeVisit (@collegevisit) on Wednesday evenings at 9PM, Eastern. Topics are related to all things college, including: campus visits, college admissions, travel to college, dorm living, internships, academics, technology, and other subjects that impact college life. Participants indicate their tweets are part of the chat by using the hashtag (#) symbol before the chat name: #CampusChat or #campuschat with every tweet. Follow @collegevisit on Twitter for updates related to this chat. Twitter Chat Resources Twitter Tools for #CampusChat The digest of all posts available in the CampusChat category can be found...

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Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?
Sep26

Want to be a Guest on #CampusChat?

Are you an expert on college admissions, financial aid, college prep, college success or other topics related to college life? Then, maybe you should be on CampusChat!   Each week, a fine group of dedicated moms, dads, college admissions professionals, teens, college students, and higher-ed supporters and business partners set aside an hour for an online chat hosted on Twitter known as CampusChat. Here, they openly share their insight on topics related to college. Our discussions have ranged from beginning college prep as early as 9th grade to paying off student loans following graduation, however the majority of the discussions are focused on issues related to the college-bound. Expert guests have been: Parents who shared their experiences with the college tour and college admissions process Academic advisors and college coaches Authors Social media and community-building experts SAT and ACT test preparation consultants College admissions officers Whether the chat is open-mic or co-hosted with an expert guest, CampusChat is an open forum and anyone interested in the topics we cover are encouraged to participate. If you are interested in being a guest on CampusChat or would like to recommend someone, please send a note or contact @collegevisit via Twitter and we’ll happily consider your recommendation. CampusChat meets every Wednesday at 1PM Eastern, 12PM Central, 11AM Mountain, and 10AM  Pacific time on Twitter and is moderated by @collegevisit. Follow or participate in the conversation by add “#CampusCaht” to your posts on Twitter (Tweets).   Former Featured Guests Include: @AkilBello – Akil Bello, Bell Curves @BecomeAlum – Christina McIntyre, Become Alum @DesignYourDorm – Design Your Dorm @DJWaldow – DJ Waldow, Blue Sky Factory @EileenPaulin – (Mom), Online Content Producers @GilRogers – Gil Rogers, University of New Haven @IvyEyesEditing – Janson Woodlee, Ivy Eyes Editing @Koofers – Michale Rihani, Koofers @NancyBerk – Nancy Berk, Whineat9 @PreppedPolished – Alexis Avila, Prepped & Polished @Realyaverbaum – Eric Yaverbaum, author: Life’s Little College Admissions Insights: Top Tips from the Country’s Most Acclaimed Guidance Counselors @rgeller – Robert Geller (Dad), Fusion PR @Russell_Golowin – Russell Golowin, College Funding Relief, LLC @SMCMadmRob – Rob Maddox, St. Mary’s College of Maryland @SheldonWordNerd  – Jenn Cohen, Word-Nerd @SuzanneShaffer – Suzanne Shaffer, Parents Countdown to College Coach @Tom_Field – Tom Field (Dad), Valley Business FRONT @WCUAdmission – Megan Wilson, Western Carolina University @WilliamPaid – Evan Silverman, WilliamPaid To read about any of these guests or access the online chat transcripts, click here:...

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Bills get Paid with WilliamPaid: Highlights & Transcript from #CampusChat
Jun17

Bills get Paid with WilliamPaid: Highlights & Transcript from #CampusChat

The information exchanged during #CampusChat on Twitter last night was of value—cash-in-your-pocket kind of value to college students, especially if rent an apartment and you're among the 86% with students loans to repay. Take-away Tweets from @WilliamPaid and @esilverman (CEO/co-founder) 24 months of consecutive on-time rent payments could raise your credit score by 120pts Students should know this WilliamPaid can alleviate rent collection amongst roommates, track who's paid, track your credit score monthly Young Americans are the second highest rate of bankruptcy and student loans are NOT discharged! Landlords don't have ability to report payments, they can only report derogatory info such as lease defaults. WilliamPaid has partnered with the largest alternative credit reporter in US – sole licensee of FICO Expansion Score We can report payments because we are FCRA certified data furnisher and we are managing payment process. College students should start building credit now – @williampaid can assist without them going into debt. Transcript for #CampusChat (June 16, 2010) : http://bit.ly/bmyuwF Bottom line: WilliamPaid is a bill-payment service for renters with important benefits for college students. Two key benefits include reporting of rent payments to build one's credit score and cash-back rewards from online shopping and referrals that can be applied to a college student's loan along with an extra 10% from WilliamPaid when applied to pay down the loan. Cash-back dollars can also be rewarded directly to the user. Landlords benefit from being able to offer renters the ease of online bill payment and convenient payment management for rent-splits among roommates. (No more...

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The 5W’s of CampusChat with @WilliamPaid
Jun16

The 5W’s of CampusChat with @WilliamPaid

#CampusChat: 9 PM Eastern, June 16, 2010  WHO – Tonight's guest is @WilliamPaid WHAT – #CampusChat on Twitter, hosted by Kelly Queijo, founder of Smart College Visit, Inc. WHERE – Twitter, What the Hashtag, TweetChat, …other/your Twitter tool of choice WHEN – 9 PM ET June 16, 2010 WHY – If you're a college student planning to move from the dorm into an apartment come fall, then you may want to tune in to this chat. We'll be discussing: The challenges of living with roommates — especially when it comes to splitting the rent.  Paying rent on time — thanks to technology, solutions are available to make sure you don't miss a rent payment. Building your credit rating starts now.  Plus: New options for paying back student loans Related Reading: WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time – SmartCollegeVisit How to Rock on a Twitter Chat – Handshake 2.0 Twitter Tools for #CampusChat – SmartCollegeVisit 3 Easy Ways to Keep in Step with a Twitter Chat – Handshake...

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WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time
Jun15

WilliamPaid: Building Credit One Rent Payment at a Time

For many, renting an apartment while in college is a student's first step to living on his or her own. Students living on their own quickly come to realize that independence comes with a lot of responsibility: paying rent, managing credit cards, budgeting money for groceries and bills, etc. Part of becoming an adult is understanding credit: what it is, how to build it, and what applies to it. A play on words –"Bill Paid”, WilliamPaid is a company that helps its users learn about how to develop their credit through something as simple as paying rent. The Chicago-based company was founded by Evan Silverman and Jeff Golding who spent two years developing their services based on their prior experience in having owned a student loan center. WilliamPaid opened to the public in February, 2010. According to the Finaid.org website, 86% of students have student loans (excluding PLUS loans). Jacqui Monieson, spokesperson for WilliamPaid, says that by using their services,"students can earn cash-back from online shopping and referring friends and family to join. Should a user choose to apply their cash-back to their student loan debt, we'll match 10% of their cash-back amount to help pay down their debt.” WilliamPaid also keeps roommate problems to a minimum when it comes to splitting the rent. Monieson explains, “WilliamPaid helps eliminate the roommate drama associated with rent collection by allowing roommates to easily split the rent and pay rent how each desires, with one payment going to the landlord. And, because everyone is handled individually, there is no sharing of your private payment information with your roommates or your landlord.” In addition to being able to easily split the rent by using a roommate agreement available online, the company also features a blog about roommate harmony, what to do if a roommate loses a job, an easily accessible emergency contact list for all the tenants, and other valuable resources. Since credit cards are also a payment option on WilliamPaid, new card users need to understand exactly what they are getting into. When asked about tips for beginning credit card users, Monieson, suggests that the key is to be responsible.  Understanding that a credit card is not free money is imperative.  Monieson says, “Bottom line, credit cards can be very useful in helping you manage cash flow, getting miles/points, etc., but make sure you can pay the bill each month.” While managing credit cards responsibly builds credit, WilliamPaid is the first company that allocates timely rent payments towards good credit. Monieson asserts, “If you are paying rent, and you pay on time, there's no reason not to have your payments reported [to...

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