Please welcome cuLearn with Thrivent® as a new associate member to RMASFAA! Thrivent Financial has been offering student loans exclusively for the past four years. cuLearn was recently formed as a new division within Thrivent Financial in February, 2016, to offer scholarship programs and financial literacy education assistance in addition to borrowing options for students. Greg Carlo is the Assistant Vice President of College Market Development at cuLearn.
Q: Tell RMASFAA a bit about cuLearn with Thrivent® and what your organization has to offer schools and their students.
A: Our organization is committed to helping students and families start off on the right foot and learn money management habits to help them be wise with money and inspire them to live generously throughout their lifetime. Our student lending options are a natural extension of our commitment to our members’ financial health. Our products range from private student loans to lines of credit options and we offer the ability for students to refinance their loans after graduation. cuLearn has a national team of dedicated professionals who work directly with our school clients to ensure that things run efficiently and smoothly. Schools can count on our loan products being processed/disbursed through their preferred method (ScholarNet, ELM, etc.) to ensure that funds are received in a timely manner for your students.
Q: What is your professional background and how long have you been with cuLearn?
A: All together I am entering my twentieth year in financial aid, having started as a Work Study student in the financial aid office at Capital University, a four-year private school in Columbus, OH. I started my career in higher education as a college admission counselor and eventually developed an interest in financial aid and become director of financial aid at our law school. As time went on, I have worked for a lender, guarantor, federal loan servicer and am now entering my first year with cuLearn.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your work?
A: I enjoy having the ability to work with families and students again, whether through our scholarship program or counseling families on the many aspects of funding a college education.
Q: What do you do for fun/hobbies/favorites?
A: I am a baseball coach and board member for our Youth Athletic Organization in my hometown.
Q: Would you rather visit the world 100 years in the past or 100 years into the future? Why?
A: I would like to visit the world 100 years ago as history is very interesting to me and something that you can learn from.
Q: If you were to create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
A: Life is too short! Enjoy the time you have with your family and friends.
Q: If you could go on a road trip with any person (dead or alive), who would you choose and where would you go?
A: I would go on a road trip with my boys when they’re a little older. Since we’re all huge baseball fanatics, we’re going to plan a few summers to hit the road and visit every major league baseball park in the country.=
Be sure to say hi to Wally Boudet–Greg’s colleague and the AVP, College Relationship Manager at cuLearn–at the upcoming conference in Rapid City October 23-26, visit their exhibitor booth and welcome them to RMASFAA! http://rmasfaa.org/docs/toc_conferences.html