Top 10 summer vacation ideas for the broke college student

Classes will soon be out, and you want to enjoy your break, right? It’s the perfect time for a little summer vacation. But you are a broke college student, so if you’re going to hit the road, it has to be on the cheap.

Read on for some top destinations that will save money while allowing you to feel like you are living large. Read more

Should these college students pay back their loans?

Just like you (unless of course you graduated debt free, then congrats!), I had student loans to pay back long after I graduated. But I attended a traditional, private, four-year college. However, some students who attended for-profit colleges joined the Department of Education (DOE) in a meeting hosted by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

Student loans are a common issue among college students. (Credit: Cagle Cartoons)

The students, who represented hundreds of others, had taken out federal financial aid as well as private student loans to attend Corinthian College. They say they are not repaying their loans. Does this seem fair? Let’s discuss it. Read more

Do-it-yourself gift ideas to fit your budget

Let’s face it; you’ve got a lot going on and not a lot of money coming in to pay for it all, right? Weddings, birthdays, graduation parties, Mother’s/Father’s Day, it’s all going to be coming up in the next 3 months and you’re going to need to plan ahead and set a budget to make the most of it and show your loved ones that you care.

Give a great gift without breaking the bank. (Credit: Suzy Ogé)

Give a great gift without breaking the bank. (Credit: Suzy Ogé)

Here are some do-it-yourself gift ideas that will be sure to fit your budget! Read more

Ed O’Bannon vs. NCAA — Should college athletes be paid?

For the NCAA there is more than just March Madness going on right now; the organization currently is in court, hoping to overturn last August’s ruling from the U.S. District Court in Oakland, California, regarding payment for college athletes.

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Should athletes receive a stipend from the NCAA? (Credit: Danielle Grossman)

Former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon is behind the court case, which received even more attention when it became the focus of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on Sunday, March 15. What will happen during the appeal, and how will any decision affect the billion-dollar industry that is the NCAA? Read more

Change your style—DIY fashion makeover for men and women

Ready to change your style? Whether you are simply in desperate need of a fashion makeover, or are just tired of your old look, giving yourself a DIY reboot in terms of clothes, hair and makeup is easier than you may think.

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Refresh your image with a DIY fashion makeover. (Credit: QuickMeme)

For men and women, here are some ideas to help you refresh your image. Read more

Planning to travel abroad? The strong dollar will get you far this summer

My decision to travel abroad during my junior year of college was the best decision I made regarding my education. Travel was still relatively affordable, and luggage was still free to carry on and check in while flying.

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

Make plans now to travel this summer. (Credit: iBackpackerTravel.com)

A lot has changed since then, but if you’re planning to travel abroad this summer, a strong dollar will definitely get you further than it has in recent years. Read more

Common mistakes college students should avoid on their income tax return

Spring is when the flowers bloom, you change the clocks and you have to file your income tax return. The tax return deadline is weeks away. But there’s no sense in trying to put it off even if it turns out you have to pay taxes instead of getting a refund.

As smart as you are, college students are just as guilty as anyone else of making common mistakes in preparing their income tax return. Let’s look at how you can ensure that your return will be error free. Read more

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