Creating a Financial Plan for College

Insights for Students Series

In this podcast, Kariene Fortner, Vice President and Relationship Manager for Regions Bank in Mobile, Ala., discusses how to create a financial plan for your first year of college.

You’ll hear Kariene’s perspective on these topics:

  • Costs and expenses, outside of tuition, students should plan for in their first year of college
  • Creating a realistic financial plan to help minimize unexpected expenses throughout the school year
  • Initial college costs vs. potential ongoing college expenses in the first year

Listen to Podcast

This Next Step Podcast is part of our Insights for Students series presented by Regions Next Step –advice, tools and resources to help you get closer to reaching your unique financial goals. Insights for Students can help you set yourself up for financial success before, during and after college.

For more on student finances, visit our Insights for Students page.

Kariene FortnerAbout Kariene Fortner

When she’s not snuggled up with her three rescue puppies, Kariene Fortner is likely found relaxing on the beach, or at least on a boat near a beach where her and her husband plan to retire. Kariene was born in Germany, spent most of her childhood in Hawaii, and graduated from high school in California before moving to Tennessee and starting college. She graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2002, where she met her husband who she currently lives with in Alabama.

Kariene joined Regions 3 years ago as a Financial Wellness Relationship Manager. She is passionate about setting financial goals and creating financial plans. She wants others to realize their dreams and feel like they are working hard for that purpose. Kariene loves Regions Bank’s financial education resources because she understands that asking for financial advice can be intimidating. Coming from a military family, she understands that many people struggle with their finances, and knows that easy to access resources can help people achieve their financial goals, just like she has.


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