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Fall Budget Bites... Meals for College Students

Sep 22, 2017 9:37:00 AM

If you're a college student or recent college grad and feel like you don't have a lot of money for food - or any dinner inspiration - this one is for you! As a recent grad, I know it can be really difficult to meal plan, get yourself to the grocery store, and work within a tight budget. "About 42% of millennials’ monthly food budget is spent on food prepared outside the home according to a survey last year by Acosta. Millennials spent an average of $202 a month on food prepared outside the home last year," according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, Adulting!, Money Management

Tips on avoiding identity theft

Aug 22, 2017 8:26:00 AM

Identity theft, sometimes called identity fraud, is extremely serious. Yet, reports say it happens to Americans every two seconds.  So, what is identity theft and is there anything you can do to lower your risk? Here are some tips you can use to protect yourself.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students

Why you should work on building your credit in college

Aug 20, 2017 10:48:00 AM

Setting off for college gives you a fresh start and renewed energy. You'll have the opportunity to get involved in a new social scene, begin living independently, and have the chance to establish your personality as a young adult. In the midst of this exciting time, it's important to remember that the main purpose of your college career is to lay the framework for your future. This framework goes beyond academics and career planning. By living independently, you now will have the responsibility of managing your finances.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students

Still have an outstanding tuition balance? Here's what to do (and not do!).

Aug 9, 2017 7:12:00 PM

Your tuition deadline has passed, but you still have a balance due on your account at your college. What do you do? We are here to help with this list of do's and don'ts for paying the balance on your tuition bill. 

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Topics: College Financial Aid, Borrowing for College, Financial Education for Students

How to ask for a raise and what to do with your extra cash

Jun 27, 2017 2:15:55 PM

First, a word of warning: the vast majority of employees believe that they deserve a raise. We all want more money!

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, refinancing

Credit: What Really Does and (Doesn’t) Matter

Jun 14, 2017 9:26:43 AM

Your credit history can impact whether you’re approved to open credit card accounts in your name, or if you can secure student loans, auto financing or home loans at competitive rates. Your credit history may even determine whether you’re approved to rent an apartment or secure a job with certain employers.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students

Things college students shouldn't spend money on

Feb 11, 2017 9:09:00 AM

If you’re working to save money or develop a budget, the first (and ultimately, most important!) piece of advice is this: stop spending! Easier said than done, right?

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, refinancing

Are You Embarrassed By Your Personal Finance Skills? Here’s What To Do

Feb 7, 2017 11:36:00 AM

First of all, give yourself a break. Most students – and yes, most working professionals too – have very little practical understanding of personal finance. American schools often don’t teach personal finance skills and responsibility, so most of us are left to our own devices to learn the ins and outs of credit use, borrowing, and debt.

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Topics: Borrowing for College, Financial Education for Students

Getting a grip on your student debt

Jan 2, 2017 8:30:00 PM

Take a deep breath. Repaying your student loans is as time honored a tradition as college itself. Each part of the education financing machine is well-oiled and inspected, and you’re in for a pleasant surprise here – there are options to help you succeed in your repayment, alternative routes to help you manage your debt responsibly, and genuine benefits lurking around in the corners. Let’s shine a light on some of them, and talk about best practices for managing this new responsibility.

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Topics: Financial Education for Students, Student Loan Repayment, refinancing

Credit cards and College students: A good idea?

Dec 28, 2016 2:56:20 PM

Credit cards are awfully enticing. Pizza, PS4 games, full tanks of gas...you name it, you can charge it. And while it might seem that only an evil little demon of a financial tool could work that kind of magic, the truth is:

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Topics: Financial Education for Students