Category Archives: College Finance

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

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

Easy Ways to Save Money as a College Student

Easy Ways to Save Money as a College Student

When I was in college, learning how to get by on a little bit of money took some getting used to. By my senior year, it was much easier than my freshmen year. All along the way, I learned tips and tricks to stretch my limited amount of dollars. Here are four tips that I used that helped me to keep my spending in check.Continue Reading

Graduate School Paid!

Graduate School Paid!

Everyone has financial milestones in their life. Whether it’s moving into your first apartment, getting your first job, buying your own car, or something else. While some of the mile markers may not be that significant in the big picture, they sure mean a lot in the day-to-day. My wife and I just past another financial milestone.Continue Reading

5 Tips to Starting Your College Year Off Right

5 Tips to Starting Your College Year Off Right

Heading off to college, whether you are a freshmen or a senior can be a stressful time. Packing up your belongings, saying goodbye to family and friends and then unpacking everything are emotional tasks. Knowing this, it is important that you do everything in your power to make certain that when classes start you are prepared no matter what challenge may come your way. Below are five tips to help you be prepared for college.Continue Reading

Back to School Tax Holidays

Back to School Tax Holidays

When I was in school, there was no such thing as a sales tax holiday. Whatever I needed and bought for school, I paid a state sales tax on. Recently though, more and more states have adopted a sales tax holiday for back to school shopping.Continue Reading

5 Benefits to Studying Abroad

5 Benefits to Studying Abroad

Have you ever considered studying abroad for a semester in college? To some, the thought of heading over to Europe for five or six months is terrifying, while to others it sounds right up their ally. Regardless as to what side of the fence you fall on, or even if you are on the fence itself, here are five benefits to studying abroad.Continue Reading

Post-Graduate Degrees That Pay

Post-Graduate Degrees That Pay

After you finish with your undergraduate degree, or even if you are close to finishing it, you might be considering going to graduate school to get your master’s degree. While you might think this makes perfect sense, it is worth the time to take a moment and reflect on whether or not the additional schooling will pay off in the long run. By this I mean, will the money you earn after receiving the degree outweigh the cost for getting it in the first place? This can be a difficult question to answer. Below are five graduate degrees that generally pay off in the long run.Continue Reading

My Story: Will a College Degree Increase Income?

My Story: Will a College Degree Increase Income?

I don’t relish the decisions that young high school graduates have to make these days. College is expensive – much more so than when I went only 10 years ago. Students have to consider how much they can borrow and what income they are likely to earn at graduation, then cram those two critical decisions into a desirable college. It makes writing about the benefits of college just as difficult. I find myself fearful that I will discourage those likely to have bright futures with difficult stories and encouraging those who could use a little dose of reality with brighter news.Continue Reading