College

Everything you need to know about college and finances, including student loans.

10 Effective and Practical Tips to Save Money While in College

10 Effective and Practical Tips to Save Money While in College

Attending post-secondary education such as college or university can be very expensive and often time’s students are left with large sums of debt after they’ve graduated.

To avoid going into debt after your done your post-secondary education, I’ve created a short list of 9 handy tips to help you save money while in university or college.

Do College Students in the UK Really Have it That Bad?

Do College Students in the UK Really Have it That Bad?

Just how bad is the financial plight of the average university student in the UK?

As is the case with most questions, the answer to this one depends upon whom you ask.

Some say uni students are fighting a losing battle because tuition is rising and maintenance loans are inadequate, particularly in London and other notoriously expensive areas. Others say that many students are squandering their money partying and buying items they don’t need.

Who’s right?

4 Tips to Avoid Student Loan Scams

4 Tips to Avoid Student Loan Scams

The promise of a college degree is enticing. It’s a sure way to advance your career and gain more knowledge while expanding your network. But college degrees get more expensive each year making the thought of being a college graduate out of reach for many.

Potential college-goers are easy prey for scammers who offer attractive loans and scholarships that make the college dream seem affordable. With more sophisticated means of taking your money under the guise of offering student loans, you need to be smart about who you give information to and what you agree to in your loan search.

Student borrowers are also subjected to scammers who promise to eliminate student loan debt. Some companies engage in deceptive marketing practices and illegally charge customers hundreds of dollars to reduce or eliminate their debt.

A typical scam follows a pattern like this…

Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online

Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online

Sure, there are plenty of places to learn online.

You can always go to Google, YouTube and great blogs (like this one, right? Right?? Please tell me you love me!).

Those are all great places to find information, but you already know about those and it’s easy to get distracted at such broad websites – especially YouTube…have you ever fallen into the just-one-more-related-video-in-the-sidebar trap?

I spent a lot of time compiling these resources. Of course, I could have spent a lot more time, but you only live once – I’m using that phrase in the sense of time, not in the sense of making a really bad decision because YOLO. There are literally hundreds of thousands of hours worth of material here. We only have so many hours in our lives and going through all of these courses may take all of them, so I feel like I’ve listed enough.

Let’s dive in, starting with free college courses…

7 Keys to Winning Scholarships

7 Keys to Winning Scholarships

If you’re getting ready to take the pathway to college, you’ll need to think about winning scholarships, unless you want to be buried in debt when you graduate, or unless you’re independently wealthy.

There are many posts on blogs and scholarship sites that tell you how Student X got scholarships, but if the journey was arduous for that student, perhaps there is a better way to win scholarships than by plugging along, day after day. It’s better to learn from the experience of people who can help you win scholarships, even if you don’t have time to apply to a hundred of them – or more.

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