Startup Profiles: EDUsquared Helps Navigate Planning for College

Going off to college should be an exciting although admittedly anxiety-driven time in a young adult’s life. Applications must be filled out, transcripts requested and dorm room decorated to suit your personality.

Among the college to-do list should be figuring out what major to study and how you and your parents are going to fund your education. With so many avenues that families of college students have to navigate, it is easy to make mistakes that can cost students and families big time.

According to the Institute for College Access and Success, college student graduate, on average, with at least $30,000 in student loan debt. Eighty percent of students end up changing their major at least once and on average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

EDUsquared helps parents navigate college planning that focuses on career outcomes and the trajectory of a child’s best future. This website, created by Daniel Haitz, compiles all the necessary educational and financial information for future students and their families to make an informed decision in choosing what college to attend.

Haitz came up with EDUsquared after realizing that students aren’t taught about all the options available for young adults considering college. Haitz himself wasn’t sure after his sophomore year what an engineer was.

With EDUsquared, that confusion is reduced through video modules and a database that cover the basics of college life, what your ideal career path is through assessment, popular majors and what type of students match those majors and how those majors are applied in the job market after graduation.

Once the reason why the student is attending college has been discovered, EDUsquared turns to how to pay for college and reducing the potential debt a student will have after graduation. The purpose of the College Savings portion is to maximize federal grants and scholarships, pick the right colleges as this has the biggest impact on cost and the down and dirty tricks to reducing costs.

Families can sign up for the College Solution course for three months at $189, the College Savings course for three months at $149, or the Premium Package that includes both courses for $289 for three months of access.

For more information about EDUsquared and to sign up for access, visit the website here.

Ateanna Uriri is a journalism major at UNT and currently an editorial intern for Launch DFW. When she is not at school or interning, she works as a library associate for the Dallas Public Library and is an active blerd (Black nerd) with a love for books, particularly the graphic variety, old films and documentaries.