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How to build your savings account and stay out of debt — and yes, there’s an app for that!

Savings accountThere are many ways to begin building a savings account, and they all may seem impossible now that you’re in the middle of your college career. However, with a little determination and organization (and apps to help), you can learn how to build your savings account that will, in turn, help you stay out of debt! Here are some tips to get you started — and, believe it or not, there’s an app for that! Read more

Post holiday blues: How to have fun on a college budget in the new year

Potluck dinner

Host a potluck dinner party!

If the holiday spending spree has left you feeling post-festivities withdrawal, no need to despair. Just because your wallet seems vacuum-dried, it doesn’t mean you have to stay home alone munching on ramen for the next month. Here are some tips on how to have fun after the holidays without spending a bundle.

Organize a treasure hunt

Everyone likes a good race, especially when there’s a prize to be won. Read more

Scholarship hunting? Now accepting applications for The Dan Coiro Scholarship by CengageBrain!

America's Top TA by CengageBrain: Dan Coiro, Organic Chemistry at Rutgers University

America’s Top TA, Dan Coiro

America’s Top TA

In May of this year, we at CengageBrain introduced our national competition, America’s Top TA, as part of our ongoing dedication to education. College students from across the U.S. were given the opportunity to recognize the teaching assistants (TAs) who have had the greatest impact on their education. For the grand prize, we pledged to establish three $2,500 scholarships in the winning TA’s name, and our winner earned the duty of determining the scholarship criteria and ultimately selecting the scholarship recipients.

After much anticipation, the time to apply for The Dan Coiro Scholarship by CengageBrain has finally arrived! Read more

2012 holiday gift guide for the college student budget

Holiday shopping

(Flickr photo by code poet)

Right now you are probably more worried about exams than the looming holiday season, but it is coming up…and fast! Fortunately, you don’t have to worry or stress. Here is your 2012 holiday gift guide so you can check each person off your list. The best part? Each and every item won’t deplete your college student budget — you may even have some left over to purchase one of these must have items for yourself Read more

Car shopping for a new or used vehicle on a college student budget

Car dealership

Car dealership (Photo by Stacey Harris)

Car shopping can be stressful on any budget, especially if you’re a college student who’s on a particularly tight budget. Here’s a quick guide of things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. And, if you’re not, bookmark this article to have when you’re ready and keep your college student budget on the right track!

Gas mileage

Pay attention to both the city mileage and the highway mileage. If you’re likely to spend most of your time driving longer distances, these numbers really can make a difference to your wallet and overall budget. Read more

Study abroad expenses: Budget and finances for the college student

If you’re considering spending a semester studying abroad, you’ll want to be sure you’ve budgeted all necessary expenses for the most enjoyable trip possible. Costs such as tuition, room and board, meal plans, insurance, travel expenses and entertainment should all be considered when budgeting your semester abroad.

You certainly don’t want to find yourself sitting alone in your flat while everyone else is having a beach vacation weekend because you didn’t consider the costs of traveling into your budget. Being prepared is the first step! Read more