Saving for College Podcast

Insights for Students Series

In this podcast, Donna Medina, a Financial Wellness Relationship Manager for Regions Bank in Nashville, Tenn., discusses what to include in your college budget and tips for lightening your financial load.

Donna gives tips on the following:

  • Costs to consider when applying to and identifying which schools are right for you, including tuition, college fees, room and board, and transportation costs
  • Ways to save on books and other class supplies
  • Budgeting for personal expenses – from shopping and dining out, to gym memberships and bills
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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.

About Donna Medina

Donna Sue MedinaFrom her Southern drawl to her favorite movie, Sweet Home Alabama, Donna Medina enjoys life in The South. True to her Southern roots, Nashville is home and she enjoys the all the cool local sights, hot sounds and hip artists of the Nashville area. She has an adventurous spirit that has carried her high into the Rocky Mountains and as far away as Alaska, where she worked on a commercial fishing boat to help pay her way through college. Photography is her passion and she loves capturing places and experiences on film.

As the youngest of four children, Donna learned that hand-me-downs and homemade clothes were in her future unless she had an entrepreneurial financial plan. This experience fueled her personal wellness strategy: set a goal, make a plan, take action and save-save-save, achieve that goal!

Mixing her passions of entrepreneurship, teaching and helping others, Donna is an experienced Financial Wellness Relationship Manager at Regions Bank. Having been with Regions for nearly 30 years, Donna’s previous leadership roles as a Branch Manager and Personal Banker gave her the working knowledge to prepare for providing advice, guidance and education.

Find more helpful tips for reaching your financial goals:

Tips to Get your Family Living on a Budget

Preparing for Unexpected College Expenses

How Much Should You Save for College?