Zachary Meyer

Zachary Meyer

Zachary Meyer will graduate from Purdue University in December 2017 with one goal in mind - to return to his hometown of Valparaiso, Indiana and help individuals and families with their financial planning.

He will be well prepared to attain this goal as his degree in Financial Counseling and Planning from the College of Health and Human Sciences will help certify him as a financial planner. Meyer also is involved in the Purdue Financial Counseling and Planning Club.

“I plan to have the Certified Financial Planner designation by the time I turn 25,” he said.

A planner by nature, Meyer recognized that hard work and his personal financial planning would play an important role in achieving his goal.

“I started out at a satellite campus of another university but had many friends who went to Purdue,” he said. “When I visited them at West Lafayette, I fell in love with the campus and Purdue. It’s the 4th ranked public school in the nation. I felt at home the first time I visited the campus, and I knew this was the school I wanted to attend.”

Like many college students, he worried about how he was going to pay for his education. “My parents had saved for my college, I received some Federal subsidized loans and I worked two part-time jobs and loaded up on my credit hours by taking 18 hours some semesters to stay on track for graduating,” Meyer said.

Like many college students he worried about how he was going to pay for his education. In his junior year he heard about Purdue’s Back a Boiler – ISA Fund program, an income share agreement offered through the Purdue Research Foundation as an option to Federal Parent Plus or private college loans. Meyer became an inaugural participant.

“My dad and I both carefully read about the program and I called and asked more questions. In the end, we both felt very comfortable with it,” Meyer said. “Back a Boiler has given me piece of mind in school because I’m not accruing debt and it will adjust after I graduate so I won’t have to worry about scraping pennies together to pay student debt.”

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