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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

Life after Spring Break — how to stay motivated

Spring Break—that marvelous getaway for college students has come and gone. Now you are left trying to figure out how to live life after your vacation and how to stay motivated for the last couple months of classes.

Read on for some tips to keep you going as you finish out the semester. Read more

5 ways to reboot your New Year’s resolution

Okay, it’s been two months since New Year’s Day. How are your resolutions coming? Have you fallen off the wagon? Gone off your diet and snuck in some junk food? Haven’t gotten into the habit of your new study schedule yet? Still afraid to go out and meet new people? Don’t freak.

It's not too late to reboot your New Year's resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolution. (Credit: thumbitt.com)

It’s not too late to reboot your New Year’s resolutions to improve study habits, student health or campus life. College students can take these five steps to start over. 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

Diversity in college—important for college students and college professors

As our population becomes more heterogeneous, U.S. college students are broadening the diversity in college. But that same varied representation of gender, races and cultures does not seem to be extending to college professors.

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Learn what can be done to change diversity within the college environment. (Credit: MemeGenerator)

Not only is faculty diversity lacking in terms of race, but also academic jobs seem to be disproportionately going to the graduates of the same group of schools. Why is this bad, and what can be done to change things? 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

Life hacks for how to sleep better in college

Want to do better in college? Would you like to feel better about yourself? How about living longer and being more creative? Of course, all of these are things college students, or anyone, are interested in. But what do they all have in common?

It is possible to sleep better despite living the life of a college student. (Credit: Brian Gordon)

It is possible to sleep better despite living the life of a college student. (Credit: Brian Gordon)

A good night’s sleep, that’s what. Achieving all those things can be easier with some life hacks for how to sleep better. 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

7 do-it-yourself dorm room essentials

There are many cool items college students need and want for their dorm room.

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Find exactly what you need for your dorm room here. (Credit: Michigan Daily)

Here are some college tips for a few of the inexpensive essentials for a fun, safe and clean dorm, many of which are do-it-yourself for less money. Read more

Vaccinations on campus: What college students need to know

Everywhere you look you can hear someone debating the issue of vaccinations. The latest discussion surrounds the measles outbreak that started at the California Disneyland in December of last year.

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

There are many things you should know about vaccinations. (Credit: QuickMeme)

Besides the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, there are a number of other vaccinations that, if administered appropriately, could keep you and your roommates safe and healthy. Here’s what college students need to know about vaccinations on campus. Read more