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3 Ways Students Pay for College

College is expensive! The cost of one year at a four-year institution is more than some salaries. How do students pay for such an expensive investment?

Danielle Jeffers, Founder of Dough 4 Degrees, LLC, interviewed three random Virginia Tech students to see how they pay for their education. Watch the video below for a look into their college funding experiences and their perspectives on how paying for college will impact their lives.

Comment who you can relate to the most and what you noticed about their experiences below the video.

You can avoid the pitfall of student loan debt by earning scholarships to graduate debt-free. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos related to scholarship success.

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Goodbye Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Goodbye Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Hello YouTube and LinkedIn

A month ago, I made the decision to quit Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. I stopped using those platforms personally and professionally. If you search for me or Dough 4 Degrees on those apps, you will find our profiles. However, I’m no longer actively managing those pages.

I detailed the reasons why I quit social media aka Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on my personal YouTube channel. Watch the video below for insight into how this change has impacted my life.

If you would like a look at my life beyond Dough 4 Degrees, then please subscribe to my personal YouTube channel. In the near future, I’ll be sharing my perspective on life as a 22-year-old debt-free graduate and a full-time entrepreneur.

You can watch the video below for “10 Lessons I Learned at 21.” This video is a must if you are 21 now or will be turning 21 soon.

Peace, blessings, prosperity, and love.


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Danielle Graduates Debt-Free


May 17, 2019. Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech.

Danielle Jeffers Graduated Debt-Free

B.A. in Communication

Magnum Cum Laude & Honors

Founder, Dough 4 Degrees, LLC

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Dough 4 Degrees is in the News!

Dough 4 Degrees has continued to impact students and families by sharing scholarship success principles that will allow them to graduate debt-free. Within the last month, we’ve been featured in five media outlets.

April 28, 2019: Auchtoctoness Assembly‘s Community Spotlight

“Auchtoctoness Assembly is a nonprofit Organization dedicated to raising up Indigenous Americans voices by using Genealogy, also known as family history, the study of families and the tracing of their lineages and history. Genealogists use oral interviews, historical records, genetic analysis, and other records to obtain information about a family and to demonstrate kinship and pedigrees of its members.” Listen to this interview to learn more about Danielle‘s indigenous ancestry.

May 14, 2019: No More InterviewsHide It in a Book Podcast

No More Interviews was founded by two aspiring entrepreneurs who created a platform to construct a bridge that connects entrepreneurs, business owners, travelers, and others following their passions with those who may be struggling to take that leap of faith, or are unsure of where to start. Kevin Stephenson and Corey Hackett-Greene, founders of No More Interviews, share raw, authentic and very personal stories from people throughout the entire world to let you know that what you want to achieve is absolutely possible.

Listen to this interview to learn more about the strategies behind the success of Dough 4 Degrees.

May 15, 2019: Virginia Tech‘s Class of 2019 Graduation Feature

“In the weeks leading up to graduation, Virginia Tech News has profiled several members of the Class of 2019. We’ve also included several video profiles of graduates. Congratulations to all graduates of the Class of 2019.” Danielle was featured in the Meet the Class of 2019 article.

Watch the full video.

May 17, 2019: The Roanoke Times‘ Virginia Tech Graduation Article

“The Roanoke Times is the primary newspaper in Southwestern Virginia and is based in Roanoke, Virginia, United States.” While describing the events that took place throughout the morning of graduation, Robby Korth who is a Roanoke Times higher education reporter, included a quote from Danielle. Read the full article, Frank Beamer lifts spirits during rain-delayed Virginia Tech graduation, for the quote and more.

May 17, 2019: Photos and Videos from Virginia Tech’s 2019 graduation

This article includes a summary of the highlights of graduation. Danielle is in the picture that features Growley II, a Labrador retriever, who is the canine ambassador for the Corps of Cadets.


Visit the “Press” page of Dough 4 Degrees’ website for a full list of all of our interviews, articles, and more. Contact us via email at for inquiries.


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10 Lessons I Learned at 21

College forces you to grow up quickly and identify what you need to do to become an independent adult. As a debt-free college student, I challenged myself to mature faster than my peers so I could tackle the world head on after graduation.

My 21st year of life was one of my hardest thus far, but it was filled with so many life lessons. Watch the video below for 10 lessons I learned at 21.

I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. You can subscribe to my personal YouTube channel for a look at my life beyond Dough 4 Degrees.

If you would like scholarship success content, then please subscribe to Dough 4 Degrees’ YouTube channel.

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Dough 4 Degrees’ 2019 Scholarship Success Series

Do you need advice on how you can prepare to graduate from college debt-free? We hosted a 2019 Facebook Live Scholarship Success Series to teach you how.

On each of the following Sundays at 3 PM EST we spoke directly to a particular type of student.

February 24: High School Seniors

March 3: Undergraduate College Students

March 10: High School Juniors

March 17: High School Sophomores

March 24: High School Freshmen

Do you have any questions or concerns we can help you with? Let us know in the comments and subscribe to our YouTube channel for additional information.


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You Don’t Need Motivation. Make a Decision.

Students, it is extremely important that you seek opportunities for yourself and choose to chase them relentlessly.

You won’t manifest your dreams by watching a series of motivational videos throughout the day or reading motivational quotes every moment. You have to make a decision. 

You have to decide to get off of social media, eliminate the distractions, and invest in yourself! An hour of work today will put you an hour ahead tomorrow!

If you are ready to begin your scholarship journey, then I encourage you to enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! You’ll learn the secrets and strategy I used to win $200,000 in scholarships to graduate debt-free from Virginia Tech in May 2019!

Check our Upcoming & Past Events page to see if my team and I are coming to an area near you soon. If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement, please visit our Events page.

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The Perspective You Need to Win Scholarships!

My favorite thing to do as a scholarship coach is to help students all around the world graduate debt-free! Unfortunately, many students quit or choose not to begin their journey to success because they don’t believe in themselves. Watch this video to learn about the perspective you need to ensure your scholarship success.

If you are ready to begin your scholarship journey, then I encourage you to enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! You’ll learn the secrets and strategy I used to win $200,000 in scholarships to graduate debt-free from Virginia Tech in May 2019!

Check our Upcoming & Past Events page to see if my team and I are coming to an area near you soon. If you would like to book me for a speaking engagement, please visit our Events page.

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Overachievers Don’t Exist!

Are you wondering why you’ve hit a plateau? Or are you stuck in a rut and can’t seem to get out?

Remember this, “there is no such thing as an overachiever!” You will see the results you want when you believe in yourself and your ability to manifest your greatness! The results require hard work, diligence, persistence, and determination, but they are attainable.

It doesn’t matter if you’re attempting to graduate debt-free, earn your Ph.D., or be the first millionaire in your family. It’s all attainable when you take the limits off of your abilities!

If this video helps you see the truth in the fact that you can achieve anything, then please let the ones you love know by sharing this video. If you need scholarship assistance to graduate debt-free, then enroll in our Scholarship Success Program! I want to help you achieve your dreams!

I would love to come to your area to teach your students and community how to earn scholarships to graduate debt-free. Book me by visiting

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Danielle’s 2019 SVB Trek Experience

2019 began with a bang! As a student entrepreneur and the founder of Dough 4 Degrees, I traveled to San Francisco, California for a four-day extravaganza with the Silicon Valley Bank.

Watch the video below to learn about my key takeaways from conversations with millionaire investors and prominent CEOS. Read this PDF for a full list of all of the speakers.

I also would like to express gratitude to Dan Beck, Chief Financial Officer of Silicon Valley Bank, for sponsoring my travel through Apex’s Venture Scholars program. His generosity and willingness to ensure that a fellow Hokie has a chance to learn more about entrepreneurship is deeply appreciated.

The Silicon Valley Bank Trek is for student entrepreneurs at different universities around the world. In my cohort, there were students from India, Ireland, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. We were a diverse cohort in age, socioeconomic background, disciplines, and experiences.

However, there were similarities that allowed us to connect beyond our identities and interest in entrepreneurship.

I encourage you to consider my advice below if you would like to join the next SVB Trek:

  1. Know your business and yourself. The SVB Trek is an opportunity for you to grow as an individual and receive critical advice that can help your business grow. I used this experience to gain more self-awareness and create conversations with others so they could critique the business model of Dough 4 Degrees. Their feedback and ideas have helped tremendously.
  2. Connect with the entrepreneurship program at your university. Silicon Valley Bank is constantly looking for new schools and students. The university official that SVB will probably communicate with the most about this opportunity is the director or associate director of your entrepreneurship program. I suggest that you strive to consistently improve your business idea and ensure that your university’s entrepreneurship program is aware of the work you’re doing, so they can nominate you.
  3. Build traction early and leverage it at all times. Having an idea is great, but having a prototype and/or paying customers is even better. Demonstrating that you have traction via press, investments, or paying customers gives you leverage to show why they should consider you for this opportunity. Always keep this approach in mind, but never unethically manipulate your data to help you win.
  4. Always operate with a heart of gratitude. Be grateful for the opportunity regardless of your results. Expressing gratitude and operating with humility will take you further in life than boasting and gloating.

I hope my video and the tips above are helpful. Please contact me via LinkedIn if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions. I would love to hear about your experience!

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