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6 Ways to Better Manage Your Money During School

James Torres | September 21, 2015

6 ways to better manage your money in college

If you’re a college student and you’ve opened this article, your first response to the title may have been, “Money? What money?” From Ramen dinners to free movie screenings, college is in many ways defined by its financial limitations. Not having a lot of money while you’re in school simply reinforces your need to manage it as best you can. Balancing your academic and social life in college is certainly tough, but it’s nothing compared to the challenges you’re going to face once you graduate, including trying to land a job, supporting yourself, and paying back those hefty student loans. To learn how to better manage your finances and put yourself in the best possible position for success after you don the cap and gown, read on. [Read More]

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Our Paying for College Advice, Featured on!

The CollegeBound Network | February 19, 2014

We were thrilled for the opportunity to share some thoughts on the value of a college education, how to afford it, and the creative ways people are saving thousands of dollars.

Head on over to for the full article, and let us know what other financial aid and college topics you’d like to know more about. [Read More]

When a friend recently sought advice about her daughter’s financial aid situation (she hadn’t been offered anything from her top choice college), I was surprised to hear that she didn’t fill out the FAFSA. She was under the impression that because the school required the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, that that was all she had to do. I thought to myself, doesn’t everyone know that they have to complete the FAFSA?

Apparently, confusion is common among college financial aid applicants who are asked to complete the more in-depth aid application administered by The College Board. According to The New York Times, a lawmaker is looking into some misleading PROFILE instructions/information given by colleges that require both forms. In those cases, people were made to think that the PROFILE was a requirement for Federal aid.

With so much misinformation out there, it’s time to set the record straight. Here’s what you need to know about the two major financial aid applications… [Read More]

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you probably know that we usually encourage taking college rankings with a grain of salt. They can certainly be useful, insightful, and encourage you to do further research on institution you may not have been aware of, but “top colleges” lists should be only one (minor) component of your research. [Read More]

Remember when you were a kid and brought home a good report card? Whether you earned $1 for every A, or a trip to the ice cream parlor, chances are you were rewarded in some way for a job well done. Wouldn’t it be great if college students could reap similar rewards in the form of cold hard cash?

One college thinks so… [Read More]

Financial Aid, The Musical? Yep!

The CollegeBound Network | October 23, 2013

I sort of love this, and since it’s “Wordless Wednesday,” I just had to post it… [Read More]

3 Ways Obamacare Will Affect College Students

Dawn Papandrea | September 9, 2013

You’ve probably heard some buzz about the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, since the open enrollment period begins this October 1st, with plans going into effect January 1st of next year. If you’re thinking it has absolutely nothing to do with you since you’re just a college student, think again.

Here’s what you need to know… [Read More]

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Crowdfund Your Way Through College

Michelle Grossman | August 8, 2013

Crowdfunding: “The practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet,” as defined by

So, why not crowdfund your education? Many students are aiming to do just that. [Read More]