Saving Money in College-It is Possible!

Published on August 25th, 2015

Are you or a loved one starting college? While tuition, books, rent, and more can seem daunting, there are ways to save money. If you plan on living in the dorms, try to only stay there for one year; off-campus housing saves you a ton of money. Plus, buying groceries is much less expensive than most meal plans. Going part-time/commuting? Schedule your classes together so that you can cut down on how much money you spend on gas driving to and from classes. Many colleges can accommodate a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule or a Tuesday/Thursday.

Aside from living costs, there are plenty of ways to decrease your expenses during college. A big one is how much tuition is. Oftentimes, there are scholarships left unclaimed due to no one applying; there are actually many scholarships available to students that are already in college rather than heading there. Next to tuition, textbooks are likely your biggest cost. Luckily, most colleges offer opportunities to rent the ones you don’t want to keep or have a textbook exchange program. Research your college to see what is out there, as well as check Amazon or eBay for deals on the books you will need.

A huge benefit to being a student is receiving your student ID. While it may seem like just a card that gets you into the library, it can also get you free and discounted things. Depending on the college you attend, your campus likely offers a lot of free perks with your student ID, such as events like movie showings, a gym membership, guest lectures, and more. Check with your student union or your college’s website to find out what perks you can receive. Other than via the college, many stores offer discounts with a student ID. Some offer a discount year round, others (such as H&M) offer discounts during certain times of the year.

Overall, there are many ways to save money during those years where it seems like all you have are bills. Also, if you are in a bind with money and need some fast cash, you can always fill out a form with Short Term Loans and get cash into your bank account tomorrow!

Courtesy of: College Info Geek

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