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  • Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    Oct 1, 2013 • Ryan Dwyer • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Do Engineering Students Need a Powerful College Calculator?

    College engineering classes offer mathematical challenges far more advanced than anything most students see in high school. Generally, people assume that they need a powerful college calculator for these classes. As an engineering student, sometimes I found such calculators to be enormously useful, but in other cases they can be unnecessary or even hinder learning. [&hellip...

  • How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Sep 23, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Afford a Smartphone on a College Student Budget

    Do you need to balance giving your college student the cell phone he or she wants against keeping your student on a budget? Don’t worry, there are ways to afford a smartphone on a college student budget. My oldest daughter made a convincing case for having a smartphone before she started college. On campus, the [&hellip...

  • Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Sep 23, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Fit Entertainment Into Your College Budget: It’s Possible!

    Last year, I lived right next to a movie theater. It was great to see movies all the time, but it was expensive on a college budget. Luckily, a friend told me about AMC’s discount Thursdays, when college students can go to AMC theaters for free. I promised myself that I could only go to [&hellip...

  • Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Sep 19, 2013 • Brenda High • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Scholarship Scams: 5 Warning Signs You’re Being Had

    Too many students become victims of scholarship scams. Students are enticed with promises of money for school in exchange for service fees or personal information. A major part of my job as a College and Career Readiness Coach is to help students find money for college using free resources. One of my students recently received [&hellip...

  • Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    Sep 17, 2013 • Loretta Kay • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Score College Student Discounts with a Student Advantage Card

    When my school offered me the chance to sign up for a card that would give me college student discounts, I was reluctant. I wasn’t sure whether I would use it, and I was worried it wouldn’t be worth the cost to enroll. The card in question? The Student Advantage card. Though it cost $45 [&hellip...

  • College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    Sep 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    College Scholarship Opportunities for Your Current College Student

    My daughter had a couple of nice local college scholarship awards going into her freshman year. These were one-time amounts and it was great to save some money on the first-semester bill. But I figured there had to be scholarships available to current college students too, so I did some research. It turns out there [&hellip...

  • Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Aug 19, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Establish a College Budget by Giving Your Student an Allowance

    Money management is a great skill to prepare your college student for adult life. One way you can teach this skill is by establishing a specific college budget for living expenses and spending money. I struggled with how to do this when sending my daughter off to college until I got some great advice to [&hellip...

  • Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    Aug 13, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    Time to Pay College Tuition: Get the Most From Your Savings!

    As a new school year approaches, so do fall semester tuition bills! As a college parent, here are 4 tips I found helpful to get the most from your money. 1. Take advantage of college tuition federal tax breaks. Some pre-planning is required to make sure you qualify for these. I have found that as [&hellip...

  • How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Aug 5, 2013 • Wendy Nelson • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How Parents Can Set a Budget for College Students

    Sending children off to college is expensive. There’s tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and don’t forget spending money! Establishing a budget for college students can be tricky because it’s hard to know how much they are going to need, and it can vary widely. If you establish a good plan for spending money [&hellip...

  • How to Take Advantage of College Discounts Off Campus

    Jul 20, 2013 • Mark Burns • Saving & SpendingRead More »
    How to Take Advantage of College Discounts Off Campus

    When venturing off campus in your free time, you will no doubt discover that your wallet is significantly lighter upon your return to school. As a college student, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a reasonable budget when engaging in activities that surround your campus. Having spent my four years of undergraduate studies in [&hellip...