Allicia Golden, also popularly known as the Student Loan Guru, is a native of Sumter, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Sociology, Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, and M.A.T in Elementary Education. She has worked in financial aid as a Default Manager and Financial Literacy Counselor for 12 years. In 2016, a well know Student Loan agency, Student Connections from Indiana, named Allicia as the “Financial Aid Superhero of the Year”. Her passion for helping others is shown through her hard work on educating others about the good and bad of student loans and how to borrow wisely. Many of her speaking engagements include: universities, high schools, Financial Aid conferences, many local workshops hosted by churches and community organizations, and first time home buyer events in SC, NC, VA, and Maryland. Her financial literacy workshops vary in topics concerning the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process, managing your student loan debt, building credit after defaulting, and how to avoid loan scams, among many other topics.
Ms. Golden has also been a professional coach where she has worked as a NAIA collegiate head track and field coach for both men and women for 5 years. During her coaching career, she coached six All-Americans, and two NAIA National champions. Ms. Golden is no stranger when it comes to higher education. Her educational background and work experience in financial aid, athletics, and admission makes her a well-rounded professional with what it takes to consult and educate any prospective college student.
Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Golden is the founder and acting advisor of a community organization for young women on Voorhees College campus in Denmark, SC called Golden Touch Organization. She is also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and NAACP.