How college students can prevent identity theft

As a young, poor college student, the last thing you expect is for someone to use your identity to commit credit card fraud. Unfortunately, identity theft statistics show that college students are especially vulnerable to this costly crime. It can affect your ability to get credit for years to come.

Everyone should know how to protect themselves from identity theft. (Credit: diylol.com)

Everyone should know how to protect themselves from identity theft. (Credit: diylol.com)

Among the privacy issues that you need to be aware of keeping your identity safe, is another one of those valuable skills that you need to learn now while you’re young. Let’s look at how criminals steal your identity and how you can protect yourself. Read more

Need Cash for Spring Break? Enter the CengageBrain Refer & Earn MindTap March Referral Contest!

Are you a financially strapped college student who is in need of some extra cash? Looking for an easy opportunity to make a few hundred dollars this spring?

Then join the CengageBrain Refer & Earn program, where you have the chance to win a $200 bonus each week in March! Read more

Tax tips for college students

Your April 15 tax return due date is only weeks away. Whether you’ll do an online income tax return filing or go with old-fashioned paper filing, you’ll need some tax tips to help you out. Income tax brackets for college students tend to be low because you work part time, often for minimum wage.

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Now is time to take care of the dreaded tax return. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Whatever you’re earning, you’re going to want your tax refund status to show the highest amount possible. Let’s take a look at how you can make tax filing easy and profitable. Read more

Increase in college enrollment: pros and cons

College enrollment has increased dramatically after the financial crisis of 2008 as newly unemployed professionals as well as young adult college students hope to attain the best college degrees so they can be more employable and find a lucrative career. According to the U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, between 2001 and 2011, enrollment increased 32 percent to a total of 21 million students.

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

Learn how an increase in college enrollment affects you. (Credit: Edsteinink.com)

The percentage increase of students older than 25 is larger than that of younger students. Here is some discussion on attracting and enrolling the non-traditional student, competition for jobs among degree holders and the economic pros and cons of the increase in college enrollment. Read more

DIY skin care — Make your own homemade beauty products

Are you interested in homemade beauty products because you haven’t gotten the results you want from store-bought options? Maybe you just like to make your own things?

Learn the do's and don'ts of proper skin care maintenance. (Credit: Memebase)

Learn the do’s and don’ts of proper skin care maintenance. (Credit: Memebase)

Or perhaps you are seeking great skin but haven’t had any luck with what is in your medicine cabinet. There are some DIY skin care items that you can make that will give you results. Read more

DIY Valentine’s Day—Save money with homemade valentines

Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is coming. If you are interested in sharing the love with your friends or special someone, while getting your craft on, there are a ton of DIY homemade valentines ideas out there for you to choose from.

(Create your own valentines for Valentine's Day. (Credit: MemeCenter)

(Create your own valentines for Valentine’s Day. (Credit: MemeCenter)

From gifts that are easy to make to homemade valentines décor that will save you money, there is a DIY idea that will be sure to help you share the spirit of this day of love. Read more

President Obama offers free community college

President Obama recently proposed offering free tuition for two-year community college. The free tuition would be available for low-income students who maintain a good college GPA.

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

Learn more about what free community college means. (Credit: Solano Tempest)

The goal of the proposal is to increase graduation rates of college students with some exposure to higher education, allow more students to transfer to four-year colleges and to prepare students for the modern job market. Some who criticize California community colleges say a nationwide program for free community college will not fare much better. Read more

10 ways to save money on spring break

If you live anywhere that is currently dealing with mountains of snow and temperatures in the single digits, it’s hard to imagine that spring break is just around the corner – but it is!

You might be thinking you don’t have the funds to do anything fun, but we have some ideas to help you pull off the spring break of your dreams. Read more

Meet the 2014 Tillman Military Scholars

In recognition of service, leadership and academic excellence, the Pat Tillman Foundation is proud to announce 58 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses as their 2014 Tillman Military Scholars.

2014 Tillman Military Scholars. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

2014 Tillman Military Scholars. (Credit: pattillmanfoundation.org)

The recent class will receive over $1.4 million in scholarships to pursue their higher education dreams. They will also continue to service in their fields, including medicine, law, business, government, education, technology and the arts. Read more

DIY basic car maintenance for college students

You love your car. You need your car. But do you ever think about how to take care of your care? DIY knowledge of car maintenance is something everyone, including college students, should have some knowledge of.

Everyone should know some basic car maintenance tips. (Credit: Thumbpress)

Everyone should know some basic car maintenance tips. (Credit: Thumbpress)

What basic car maintenance do you need to know to keep your wheels up and running? Read on to find out. Read more