Nov. 12, 2021

How Florida Gators Football Inspired ‘s Travis Hornsby

Join Christian Jones and Regan Bell with their guest, Travis Hornsby, as they chat about his favorite football team: the Florida Gators. Travis is the founder and owner of Student Loan Planner, a student loan advice company. Today, he shares how the team gave him a sense of community and helped him in terms of decision-making. There’s a lot to take away from this episode, so make sure to tune in and enjoy the show!


A Sense of Community

Sports have always been part of college culture because it unites students. In addition, the university spirit and solidarity bind everyone together despite differences. So Travis felt a sense of community when he started watching the Florida Gators football games. Everyone cheers in unison for their team, and there is belongingness. Having experienced these football games became a defining moment for Travis. One of the reasons he chose to take the path to corporate America was because he was taking a Real Analysis class. Yet, Travis realized he had no time for watching football – a thing he liked – and he was stuck doing math proofs since he had to. That made Travis pivot away from it and end up becoming a student loan consultant. The community he found within the Florida Gators, even only as a mere spectator, randomly touched his life in many ways.


Sports and College Applications

When a college team wins the championship, it brings pride to the university, even bragging rights. Besides, college is also a formative moment of youth that defines what would be in the adulthood stage. Travis says that from his experience on campus, it was happiness and excitement for him to see all the successful people around him. He was there at the time that Tim Tebow was the star player for the Florida Gators. Travis articulates that when a college football team is doing well, there is a surge of university applications. In contrast, it is the opposite when a college football team is in the dumps; university applications are low. It is one of the reasons why Travis thinks college football, in general, is interesting. There is the fun social benefit of higher education given the atmosphere and entertainment to the students.


About Travis Hornsby:

Travis Hornsby is a speaker and the founder of Student Loan Planner, which he launched after helping his physician wife navigate ridiculously complex student loan repayment decisions. To date, Student Loan Planner has consulted on over $1 billion in student debt. Travis is a chartered financial analyst and brings his background as a former bond trader trading billions of dollars. Trying to solve the student loan crisis brought him out of his first retirement at 25. Travis brings that same intensity to analyzing the best repayment paths for graduate degree professionals with six figures of student debt. To date, he’s consulted on over $595 million in student debt personally, more than anyone else in the country.


Outline of the Episode:

  • [02:44] How Travis retired from the corporate industry at 25
  • [07:29] Deceptive advertising of college and student loans
  • [08:46] What drove Travis to become a fan of the Florida Gators football team
  • [16:15] Impacts of the pandemic to sports
  • [20:23] The atmosphere on campus during the Tebow mania
  • [23:48] How Travis keeps up with the game scores while abroad
  • [26:56] When people have a disconnect for college football
  • [39:34] Dangers within the college football fandom
  • [44:08] What future Travis sees for the Florida Gators
  • [45:26] A brief outline of what Student Loan Planner is about