There are multiple schools and programs including Lambda School, Holberton, and PreHired that are helping students learn new skills and get high paying jobs faster. Each of these programs also offer an Income Share Agreement (ISA) to open their doors and students only pay for school once they’ve found a high paying job.
We’re pretty big fans of podcasts here at Meratas. One of the best ways to learn and better understand ideas is by listening to podcasts. We’ve put together a list of some of the best ISA podcast episodes to help you learn more about the amazing innovations taking place in higher education today.
1. a16z Podcast - Are ISAs the solution to Student Debt?
The a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future – especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other curious thinkers and voices from around the world. In “Are ISAs the Solution to Student Debt?” Lambda School CEO, Austen Allred, dives into the proposal of ISAs: You go to college for free, then pay back the school after graduation—but only if you’re earning a high enough salary to afford the payments.
Student debt currently stands at more than 1.5 trillion dollars, which makes it the second-highest consumer debt category besides mortgage debt. The discussion covers both the promises and the challenges of ISAs—why they've been relatively slow to gain traction and why some are still skeptical.
2. Making College Affordable - Exploring a new way to pay for college through Income Share Agreements.
College is expensive and the process of finding and getting into the best colleges is more complicated and competitive than ever. You owe it to yourself to become an educated consumer. Making College Affordable will show you how to gain a competitive advantage over the game of choosing and paying for college.
In this episode the host, Jason, explores the details of ISA and what you need to know if an ISA is the right option for you.
3. Enrollment Growth University- ISAs at the University of Utah
Enrollment Growth University is a professional development podcast for higher education leaders looking to grow enrollment at their college or university If you’re looking for tactics, strategies, and best practices to build a step-by-step road map toward enrollment growth in higher education at your institution, this podcast is for you.
Dr. Courtney McBeth, Special Assistant to the President at the University of Utah, joined the podcast to talk about the potential of ISAs.
4. The First 1000 - Making ISAs available for the masses.
Matt Quinn has been on a mission to be a 10x better founder by meeting incredible founders who have gone before him to get an answer to the question: How did you get your first 1000....? Your first 1000 customers, sign-ups, fans, users, clicks, dollars invested. The first 1000 is all about interviewing these founders.
For the 20 million enrolled college students who have to find financing, ISAs haven't been widely available. This podcast covers why and how they can eventually become more accessible to students.
5. Planet Money - A New Way to Pay for College
Planet Money is an amazing podcast explaining the economy. In this episode, the Planet Money team explains the concept of Income Share Agreements. However, they take you on a trip to the South American country of Chile, the recording studio of David Bowie, and eventually back to Purdue University in Indiana, where students today can use ISAs to help them pay for college.
These podcasts hold some great insights into ISAs, so whether you’re a student considering using an ISA or working at a school or program looking to offer an ISA to their students, check into one of these to learn more about ISAs. If you’re interested in what programs offer ISAs check out our Students page!