Dave von Fintel

Filmmaker/Photographer specializing in Aerial Cinematography


  • Filmmaker specializing in Aerial Cinematography2014 - Present

    Kansas City, MO

    I'm taking my creative skills to new heights - piloting a UAV to produce dramatic aerial video/photo solutions as well as producing & editing conventional video for a variety of industries.

  • Freelance Creative Director2012 - 2014


  • Web Development Director2004 - 2012

    Rockhurst University

  • Creative Director1999 - 2004

    Rockhurst University

  • Art Director1998 - 1999

    Rockhurst University

  • Graphic Designer1997 - 1998

    GB Design


  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Graphic Design1991 - 1996

    University of Missouri

  • Graphic Design, Photography & Video Production1995 - 1996

    University of Tasmania School of Art, Australia


  • “Dave has exceptional skills as a designer and web developer. As his supervisor for several years, I found him to be a joy to work with, and a great team player. He is a problem-solver who finds a solution to every challenge. I would not hesitate to hire him again.”

    Rosita McCoy, Senior VP - KU Endowment Association

  • “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Dave on many projects. He’s always able to bring a fresh perspective to every job. His positive personality and openness to trying new things, makes working with him a very fun & collaborative event.”

    Mark McDonald, Owner - Mark McDonald Photography

  • “I worked with Dave for several years while employed at gb Design. Dave and I collaborated on a variety of design projects and I always found him to be easy to work with and valued the ideas and professionalism he brought to the table. Since that time, my agency has had the pleasure to work with Dave and his team at Rockhurst as a vendor providing online development solutions and consulting to Rockhurst University. Dave continues to provide impressive direction and management skills to the projects we have conducted with him and his team.”

    Ryan Lorei, Owner - Voltage Creative

  • “In the seven years Dave and I worked together, I watched him consistently come up with effective, creative solutions for various print, web and video projects. He stays on top of design trends and web standards, and everything he touches looks refined and professional. He has exceptional talent and lots of ideas, which made him a valuable member of our team.”

    Jamie Swearingen, UX Copywriter - Garmin International

  • “I have hired Dave may times for his expert graphic design services, and have also brought him in as a consultant on several high profile web design and development projects. Dave's ability to listen to my client's needs, and his ability to translate their ideas into reality are second to none.”

    Matt Couch, Real Estate Analyst - Hopkins Appraisal Services


  • • CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education): Silver Award
- '09, Excellence in Multimedia: Single Web Page (Ready for Rockhurst) 
- Bronze - '02, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine 
- Silver - '01, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine
 - Gold - '00, Rockhurst University Alumni Magazine Cover 
- Silver - '00, Rockhurst University Campus Banners 
• Web Marketing Association's Web Awards Judge - '08 
• JAA (Jesuit Advancement Administrators): '06 - Award of Merit: Multimedia, Admission Pages 
• Internet Advertising Competition '05 - Best Education Integrated Ad Campaign - Rockhurst Website 
• Center for Digital Education: '05 Best of the Web 2nd place, Rockhurst University 
• Web Marketing Association: '05 Best Education Internet Advertising Award, Rockhurst University 
• American Association of Webmasters: '04 Silver Award, Rockhurst University 
• Mead Papers: Certificate of Excellence in the Graphic Arts - Rockhurst University, 1999 Annual Report

Visit Instagram/davevonfintel for frequently updated shots. Some of my work features footage that may be purchased as stock video or photo.


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How to get a student loan without a cosigner

Private student loans can help pay for school but in the absence of a solid credit history, you may need a cosigner to qualify. Data from MeasureOne shows that approximately 92 percent of newly originated undergraduate private student loans had a cosigner during the 2019-20 academic year.

Having a cosigner can improve your chances of being approved for private loans and qualifying for favorable interest rates. But what are your options when there’s no one available to cosign?

How do I qualify for a student loan without a cosigner?

If you need student loans to pay for school but have no one to cosign, there are four possibilities for getting the funding you need.

1. Take out federal student loans first

Federal student loans can help pay for undergraduate or graduate school, and they don’t require any cosigner at all. The types of federal loans you may consider include:

  • Direct Subsidized Loans
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans

If your parents are helping pay for school, they can also take out Parent PLUS Loans in their name which wouldn’t require anyone to cosign if they have good credit.

Qualifying for federal student loans to pay for school begins with completing the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The Department of Education uses the information you provide on this form about your household size, income and assets to determine your eligibility for federal student loans.

2. Build your credit

Federal student loans may not pay for your total cost of attendance and, in that scenario, you may need private student loans to make up the difference. Unlike federal loans, private student lenders can and do check both your credit score and credit history as part of the application and approval process.

If you’re relatively new to using credit, that could be a hurdle to getting a private student loan without a cosigner. Working on building up your credit score could help to boost your odds of being approved for private student loans without a cosigner. If you already know your credit score, then you can plug your information into Credible’s free online tools to view your options.

3. Get a steady job and income

While your employment history and income don’t affect your credit score directly, they can still be important when applying for private student loans without a cosigner.

Some lenders have adopted alternative models for evaluating creditworthiness that place less emphasis on credit scores while taking into account your career path and earnings. If you have a steady job and are bringing in a paycheck consistently, that could make it easier to demonstrate to a private student lender your ability to pay back what you borrow.

4. Shop and compare student loan lenders

Every student loan lender is different when it comes to the loan terms they offer, their requirements for cosigners and what it takes to get approved.

If you’re looking for a student loan without a cosigner, take time to dig into the specifics of each lender. For instance, consider:

  • Cosigner requirements
  • Minimum credit score and income requirements
  • Borrowing minimum and maximum amounts
  • Whether loans have a fixed interest http://www.worldloans.online/installment-loans-co/ rate or a variable interest rate
  • The range of APRs available for private student loans
  • Loan fees
  • Other requirements, such as residency, citizenship or enrollment requirements

It’s also helpful to consider the application process involved and how easy it is to apply for a loan. A simple way to make these comparisons is using a site like Credible to review loan options from different lenders.

How do I build my credit?

Building credit can take time but the sooner you begin working on it, the better. And the more effort you put in, the faster you may begin to see a positive shift in your credit score numbers.

When applying for your first credit card, do your research to find one that’s the best fit for your needs. Credible makes it easy to compare different credit card offers in one place without affecting your credit score.

If you’re not able to qualify for a credit card because of a thin credit file, there is another option. You can ask someone with good credit to add you as an authorized user to one of their credit card accounts.

Their positive credit history for that account can effectively be transplanted onto your credit report, helping you to establish good credit.

What if I wanted to remove a cosigner from my student loan?

While getting a student loan without a cosigner may be ideal, it’s not always possible. If you take out private student loans with a cosigner, you may be able to have them removed from the loan later.

Cosigner release essentially means asking your private student loan lender or loan servicer to release your cosigner from the loan obligation. Typically, you need to meet certain requirements first, such as making 24 consecutive on-time payments.

Refinancing is something you may consider if cosigner release isn’t an option or it will take time to meet the lender’s release requirements. Student loan refinancing involves getting a new loan in your name only to pay off existing loans. You’d then make payments to the new loans going forward.

If you’re interested in refinancing private student loans, you’ll need good credit to qualify. And of course, you’ll want to consider the new interest rate you might qualify for and your new loan payments. An online tool like Credible can be handy for comparing student loan refinancing rates from multiple lenders without affecting your credit score.

It’s also helpful to run the numbers on costs through a student loan calculator to ensure that refinancing is the right move.