Category Archives: College Finance

College Acceptance Letters and School Costs

College Acceptance Letters and School Costs

You may know exactly what college you want to attend. But maybe you’re unsure if you can afford it. When you are accepted at a college or university, the institution will send you an acceptance letter, with lots of information you need to determine if that school is right for you. The infographic below from Citizens Bank breaks down the details that will be contained in every acceptance letter you receive.Continue Reading

Planning Ahead: Starting a Family and Preparing for College Savings

Planning Ahead: Starting a Family and Preparing for College Savings

As fall kicks into high gear, perhaps you’re looking ahead to when you’ll be starting a family or you’re already in the routine of shooing young kids out to door to meet the bus and reminding them not to forget their lunches. In either case, back to school season should also be a reminder that it’s time to think through your plans for college savings – the sooner, the better.Continue Reading

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

Average Tuition Increase Rates: Why High Projections are WRONG

If you being responsible and saving for your child’s education years before he/she attends college, I bet you have taken a look at the average tuition increase in order to try and estimate the amount you need to save so that your child doesn’t have sell a body part in order to pay for school. As a person who has paid 3 different schools for tuition (and recently), I know how difficult it can be to pay for the high tuition costs. While tuition costs are certainly high, it doesn’t mean that the estimates of high annual tuition increase predictions are accurate. For those trying to estimate how much college will cost in the future, you need to read this!Continue Reading

Planning Ahead For College

Planning Ahead For College

Summer is a great time for soon to be college students and current college students. You get to come home, reconnect with friends and family and enjoy life. But, there are some things you should do over the summer to make your upcoming school year the best it can be. Here are some tips that I’ve used (and have seen others use) that help to keep college easy and fun.Continue Reading

Seeing Things Through To The End

Seeing Things Through To The End

Ahh, spring! After the winter we had, spring is certainly welcomed by most everyone. With spring comes the warm weather, longer days and thoughts of the upcoming summer. While all of these things are good, they can also derail your studies. Trust me, I’ve been there before.Continue Reading

5 Action Steps to Turn Your Idea into Reality

5 Action Steps to Turn Your Idea into Reality

If you are like me, you might have an idea, but aren’t sure how to bring it to market or what route you should take. While I can’t tell you exactly what you should do, I can give you some guidance that I learned over the years.Continue Reading

Being Smart With Student Loans

Being Smart With Student Loans

Student loans are an inevitable part of many college students lives. When I was an undergrad, I was lucky enough to only have taken out a couple of loans that were reasonable in amount. But when I went back to school for my graduate degree, I made a mistake that set me back many years financially – I took everything they gave me.Continue Reading

Why You Should Hang Out With Your Professor

Why You Should Hang Out With Your Professor

Let me start off by staying I don’t mean you should become best friends with your professor and hang out with him or her on nights and weekends. But, you should make it a point to visit them in their office during office hours and go above and beyond just attending classes. Why is this? Read on for the reasons.Continue Reading

Saving Money On Your Trip Back To College

Saving Money On Your Trip Back To College

When I was in college, the trip back to college cost me a decent amount of money since I lived on the opposite side of the state. But, over the years and trips back and forth, I found a few ways to help me save money, which allowed me more money for late night pizza!Continue Reading

How To Pay Off Student Loans Without Paying

How To Pay Off Student Loans Without Paying

You read that right, you can pay off your student loans without paying! There are various options out there for recent grads to help you pay off your student loans. This post will highlight 5 such ways. Not all will apply for everyone, but hopefully there is something in this list that will help you to pay off student loans without using your own money.Continue Reading