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Nancy McKenna

Hi, I'm Nancy

I'm a single parent to two teenagers.  I live in New Jersey with my kids and my ragdoll cat, Lily.


I started researching college costs in earnest about 2 years ago, and thought- yikes!  Is it really impossible to get through college withoug borrowing a small fortune?


My beautiful son, Tommy "Chip" McKenna passed away on June 3, 2019 after a very brief battle with ANCA-related Vasculitis.


My heart is forever broken.


I will never understand why this terrible thing happened to him.


He was always full of joy and was so funny.  His classmates said "he made everyone else seem boring" and "he made them look forward to going to classes he was in" because he always made them laugh.


Tommy was so smart - scored a 1370 on his SAT with no test prep.   AP Physics was his favorite class.  He even made a physics rap video with his friends.  


But he was never arrogant.


Tommy was also a very loving and affectionate son.


Tommy/("Chip" to his friends)  died 13 days after his 18th birthday, and 2 weeks before his high school graduation.


Now I just need to learn how I can possibly live with this shattering loss.

See article from the NJ Herald here.

See a tribute video here.


Nancy McKenna

Single parent. Accountant. Personal Finance Geek.

Debt-Free Degree Strategist. 


“Student Debt will be the next bubble to burst

Nancy McKenna


Nancy McKenna Solutions


Fun Facts about Nancy:

I hates tattoos

Talk about not thinking ahead!  I have made my kids a solemn promise that I will personally remove any tattoo they choose to have inked onto their virgin skin.

I don't believe in astrology or the lottery

I do believe in creating my own luck through planning and living with intention and purpose.  As Douglas MacArthur said "the best luck of all is the luck you make yourself"

Lego royal family

I'm a huge Anglophile

I love it all - Jane Austen, the Beatles, afternoon tea, gorgeous gardens..I've probably been to England 15-20 times, but it's not enough!  (Here is a rendering of the Royal Wedding in Legos, at Hamleys on Regent St).

Chesapeake Bay home

I hope to retire on a waterfront property on the Chesapeake Bay.

I don't sail (yet), but I will. I also see myself kayaking, crabbing (maybe), bicycling and horseback riding.  Oh, and I also plan to take up the piano and tap dancing.

McKenna family at Virginia's first communion - Potomac, Maryland (I'm the youngest)

My parents put 7 kids through college

So surely I can get 2 kids through college without debt, right?


Yes, college cost less then, but still - 7 kids?  How did they do this? A variety of ways, really, but most of all, because they made it a priority.


They did something right.  It didn't happen accidentally.


Molly and Tommy in the tub

how can i let these two drown in student debt?

I started saving when they were babies.  A little at a time, but it sure does add up.


The trick is balancing college costs with saving for your own retirement.


Let me help you!


I can show you what I've learned - and help you avoid debt!

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