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Alex reveals the financial life and challenges of a marriage and family therapist

By Travis Hornsby

Alex Barnette is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who graduated from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She currently has about $115,000 in student loan debt that she’s paying off. She’s also launched her own practice — Alex Barnette Counseling, also located in Austin. In today’s episode, you'll find out: What schooling looks like for someone wanting to be an LMFT The breakdown of various license abbreviations in the therapy world The tuition to expect in a master’s program to become an LMFT How private schools tend to raise their tuition cost every semester How Alex handled her student loan debt while working after graduation Why agency fees can make it difficult for LMFTs to focus on their student loans How Alex took the leap to start her own practice The difference between qualifying for Public Service Loan Forgiveness and income-driven repayment loan forgiveness How getting married can drastically affect your student loan repayment Why student loan servicers can be so difficult to deal with Alex’s advice on when to seek therapy — and how clients choose what to get out of it Full show notes at: http://studentloanplanner.com/21 

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