06.27.12 | Political Cartoon: Student Loan Scam
Thanks to Peter J. Reilly at Forbes for sharing this!
Thanks to Peter J. Reilly at Forbes for sharing this!
Welcome back readers. For those just tuning in, I’m a student who recently completed his freshman year of college.
College is a blast, but it’s also expensive. After breaking the bank this past year, I’m here with advice on how to have a great time in college without spending your entire summer paycheck.
Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to college, and, in a few months, you will be leaving home to start the next chapter of your life. As someone who just completed his freshman year, I can honestly tell you that this past year has been the best year of my life. However, it has also been the most expensive. I learned how expensive college is the hard way. After having worked close to full time last summer, I had $3.14 in my bank account by the end of the school year. My goal is to provide you with tips on how to minimize your costs without minimizing the college experience.
Don’t buy books from your school bookstore unless absolutely necessary. Websites such as Amazon.com and Chegg.com provide textbooks at a much more reasonable price. Amazon also offers a feature referred to as Amazon Student, where students who register with a valid .edu address qualify for six months of free two-day shipping.
Before buying a book for class, check if your school library has it available. I had to read a book every two weeks for one of my classes last semester, and I was able to find almost all of these books in my school’s library.
Just admit it, you’re jealous of children and senior citizens who get discounts on train rides and movie tickets, aren’t you? Well, you don’t have to be. Wherever you go to school and in any city across the United States, plenty of establishments will offer discounts if you show a school identification card.
College tuition and living expenses take enough of a toll on you and your family’s pocketbook, so it’s only fair students get a discount on daily activities and nightlife entertainment.
For discounts, here’s a list of places and things you should definitely use your student I.D. card for:
Welcome to the last post in this month’s financial literacy blog series! We’ve previously looked at student loans basics and interest rates, and covered budgeting in college. Today, I want to tell you a little bit about credit and break down student credit cards. While credit cards are scary and troublesome for many people out there, they don’t have to be. It’s all about being responsible!
Credit can be summed up as a person’s reputation with money. It’s used by banks, landlords, and even employer’s to judge a person’s financial reputation. This means the better credit you have, the more leeway you have when getting a car, house, student loan, or job. Having and keeping good credit can save you money on those big purchases in your life, not to mention saving you the stress that often accompanies credit issues!
I’m pretty sure the title of this post just about says everything I need to say about the following video. Obama + Student loans + music + Jimmy Fallon = Magic. Pure magic. Oh, and what’s even better? It’s actually informative if you want to know more about what’s happening in the world of Stafford Loans right now.
Well done Sirs, well done.
When I was in college, the last thing I wanted to do was keep track of my expenses and create a budget. Booooooring. But now that I’m an adult (though it rarely feels that way) I’m finding it more and more important to keep track of money going in and out of my accounts. I wish this was something I paid attention to in college, because for someone with my level of disorganization, these skills could have been immensely beneficial.
While budgeting has not come as naturally to me as it does to others, here are a few helpful tips that have ensured I stay profitable over the years:
This one I learned at a young age. Growing up, my parents made sure I understood the difference between needs and wants (to the point where I now get anxiety if I splurge on a “want”). Without going this far, it’s important to realize what is considered a need vs. a want. Is it something that is absolutely necessary for school/living? This is probably a necessity if it will help you survive at college. While you may want the top-of-the-line technology, can you make do with something less expensive? Probably. Reign in the expenses by sticking to the lower-cost necessities.
This past Monday, President Obama held a roundtable to discuss the college affordability crisis. Attendees included Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and a dozen leaders in higher education from college presidents, to nonprofit heads. The list of attendees is noteworthy, because everyone in attendance has already made strides in making a college degree affordable and attainable for students.
For example, Dr. Robert Mendenhall, President of Western Governor’s University, was one of the presidents in attendance and has helped develop a tuition model unlike most others. Instead of charging tuition per credit, WGU charges a flat rate tuition for a six-month period. Here’s how WGU describes their tuition and costs:
“WGU treats all students as “full-time” and charges tuition at a flat rate regardless of the number of competency units (credit equivalents) attempted or completed by the student. The “standard term” is based upon a full-time enrollment of at least 12 competency units for undergraduate (bachelor’s) students and 8 competency units for graduate (master’s) students. Students who complete more or fewer units are charged the same tuition rates”
Student loan debt in this country has not only surpassed credit card debt, but by the end of the year is expected to hit $1 Trillion! News sources nation-wide have picked up the story this week, calling attention to this outrageous number. It’s no wonder more and more graduates are moving back in with mom and dad.
In a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle, Staff Writer Kevin Fagan assesses the current state of living for graduates. In the article he writes,
“The U.S. Census Bureau says that from 2007, just before the recession hit, to 2010, a year after the recession officially ended, the number of adults ages 25 to 34 living with their parents shot up 26 percent, from 4.7 million to 5.9 million.”
September is an exciting time with all of the back to school chaos of getting settled in, making/reuniting with friends, and starting your classes and activities. This leaves little time to really watch what you’re eating, both for health and budget. While I’m no nutritionist, I can help you save money on the food you eat! Here are some low-cost ways to fuel up this coming year.