A cheat sheet for paying for college without going broke

I get a reminder of college every month when I submit my student loan payment. Paying for college without going broke is on the minds of most college-bound students these days.

Paying for college doesn't have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Paying for college doesn’t have to break the bank. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Even if you have already secured your financial aid package, you may still be on the lookout for ways to make your college tuition more affordable. Here’s a cheat sheet with some tips and tricks to stretch your higher education dollars. Read more

Useful apps offer college students ways to save money

Are you always looking for ways to save money? If not, just look at your current student loan debt for inspiration. Saving money is like planting a tree. From little acorns do big trees grow. Start with small amounts put aside on a regular basis and before you know it you’ll have a nest egg.

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

There are many money saving apps to choose from. (Credit: Wall Street Journal)

Need more help? Try some useful apps that you can use wherever you go. Here is a list of money saving apps to help you stay on track with your savings plan. Read more

Vote now in the “Instructor for a Day” Video Contest!

College students from around the U.S. were asked to submit a short video that answers the question, “How would you engage your students?” if they were the instructor for a day.

Participants created one- to two-minute videos and showed us exactly how they would get fellow students engaged and involved in the learning process. Read more

The 5 best workout routines that won’t break the bank

Even though I’m not a college student anymore, I still completely know what it’s like to be on a budget (I still am!) However, I still think it’s important to take care of myself and workout. And if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “Yes, I want to be active and in shape, but how can I do it without paying an arm and a leg?”

It's possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

It’s possible to workout without spending too much. (Credit: The IVA People)

Well, I have some ideas for you. Time to share 5 of the best workout routines that are effective, yet inexpensive. Read more

How to save money this Father’s Day

Dear old dad—if yours is like mine, he does so much, often without asking for a lot of attention in return. Wouldn’t it be nice if this Father’s Day you made a little effort to show him that you care?

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father's Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

How are you going to celebrate dad this Father’s Day? (Credit: Pinterest)

Don’t worry, you won’t have to break the bank if you go the DIY route and make your own gift. And wouldn’t dad approve of your effort to save money, too? Double win! Read more

10 things college students need to know

When I was in college, I learned through trial and error. “Learn from your mistakes,” is what people say. Nevertheless, I wish I had a handy list of things to know for college students so I would’ve been more prepared.

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Follow our pieces of need to know college advice. (Credit: Will Bratt Counselling)

Well, here is one I made up for you. Here is some advice on various aspects of college life for academics, dorm rooms and campus life. Read more

For-profit colleges: Closures add to student debt crisis

Completing a college degree is hard enough. There are the hours of studying and the balancing act between school, job and a social life. Now add to that the chance that it all ends at the eleventh hour when your school closes its doors. That’s what happened to thousands of students attending the for-profit colleges owned by Corinthian Colleges.

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

Students protest amidst the student debt crisis. (Credit: Getty Images)

For these students the question of student loan repayment is critical. What is worse, negotiations regarding forgiveness of their federal student aid have stalled. Here’s what college students need to know about this new wrinkle in the student loan crisis. Read more

Common sense for eating healthy on a budget

Food—for too many of us, we have a love/hate relationship with what we eat. You want to eat healthy, but you also want to save money, and all too often the food that is good for you is not kind to your wallet.

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Yes, you can eat healthy and enjoy it too. (Credit: MemeCenter)

Common sense tells us there has to be a better way. Read on for some tips on eating healthy on a budget. Read more

What should you do this summer break?

Trying to get a job during summer break? Want to be productive and gain experience that will help you after college? Still not sure what to do or what your employment options are?

Classes may be out, graduation may be over, but it’s not too late to make something of your summer. Read more

Top ten myths about college: What you need to know

When I was in college full-time I heard so many cliché myths in the book: “You’ll gain 15 pounds your first year,” “It’s OK to get all Cs,” and “You’re supposed to be stressed out,” blah, blah, blah. You need to know that myths are just that: myths.

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

Time to debunk those so called college myths. (Credit: inlander.com)

If you’re going to survive your college experience, you’ll want to read this list of the top ten myths about college. Read more