You ask, we answer: Say what, FAFSA?!

Dear J,

As if I’m not bad enough at filling out my FAFSA on time, there is a whole section asking me for my parents’ income? I asked my parents and they haven’t filed their taxes yet!? What do I do?

Thx- Anthony W

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)

My exact look when filling out FAFSA forms. (Credit: cdn.meme.am)

Anthony,

Everyone is bad at timing FAFSA forms so don’t feel too bad! The important thing is that you’re getting it done. Now, for the dilemma. Read more

8 ways on how to be the perfect Valentine

It’s time to show your special valentine how much you care about them! But do you know how you’re going to celebrate?

Here are some ideas for how to go about your special day: Read more

Valentine’s Day gift ideas for college students

Dating back to the 5th century, Valentine’s Day is devoted to romance and the giving of sweets, cards and flowers. Whether it’s your sweetheart, a friend or a parent, there are plenty of homemade gift ideas that college students can create on a budget.

Valentine's Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Valentine’s Day gift ideas include yummy cupcakes. (Credit: Studio DIY)

Even a romantic dinner is possible. Here are a few Valentine’s Day ideas to get you started. Read more

DIY furniture projects and decorating ideas for college students

Whether it’s your dorm room or your first apartment you’ll want it to reflect your style. But if you’re like me, your imagination is limited by your budget. That’s where design ideas for DIY furniture projects can come in handy. With a few basic tools, supplies and plans, you can create all sorts of affordable DIY furniture projects that will make a fashion statement without straining your finances.

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Create your furniture design for a unique look. (Credit: DIY and Crafts)

Take for example pallet projects that utilize the basic wodden pallet to create all sorts of shelves, tables and chairs. Let’s take a look at what college students can do with a bit of elbow grease and ingenuity. Read more

How to stretch your college budget

You think you already know the answer to this question on how to maintain a solid college budget (old, leftover pizza and ramen, duh). In all seriousness, you and I both know everyone gets sick of that same old eating routine after a few days! Why feel like you must deprive yourself of the good things in life in order to save a few bucks here and there?

Sure, pizza is delicious – especially leftovers the following day! – but give it another day, or two or three, and you’re DONE. Let’s discuss some other ways on how you can stretch your college budget and get more of what you want. Read more

7 most viewed CengageBrain blog posts of 2015

Happy 2016! Another year has come and gone so we thought we’d look back on the past year and share with you the most viewed blog posts.

Take a look at our list below, which goes in countdown form (only fitting for New Years, right?), and check out the blog posts yourself if you haven’t already done so! Read more

8 college tips for surviving the second semester

Like other college students, I got over the fear of my very first semester and looked forward to my second. Even after a few years, the second semester always felt easier to approach.

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

Are you ready to take on the second semester? (Credit: College Media Matters)

I created my own do-it-yourself guide for surviving (and flourishing) in the second semester. Here are some college tips for the second semester. Read more

New Year resolution ideas and tips for college students

Every year it’s the same New Year resolutions: lose weight, get organized and find ways of dealing with stress. If you’re like me, you start with good intentions and as the year goes on they drop by the wayside. It may not be a lack of will power that shoots you down. Maybe it’s the way you decide on the resolution.

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

Which resolution is right for you this year? (Credit: Huffington Post)

There are strategies that you can use to create more meaningful resolutions and then keep them. Let’s look at some ideas and tips on how college students can create and keep their New Year resolutions. Read more

Ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities

As a college student, I don’t have a lot of discretionary income that I can give away to charities during the holidays. But I volunteer at an animal shelter, which is my way of giving to the community. I have also bought some supplies that were tax deductible.

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Learn how you can help charities in need. (Credit: Believe in Three)

Here are some ideas for holiday giving to not-for-profit charities on how to avoid charity scams; where to give locally, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army; and how to get a tax deduction for donations. Read more

How to give this holiday season…just like Mark Zuckerberg!

I think all of us like to give to causes that we support; I always make sure to ramp up my year-end giving to maximize my tax deductions for the next year. There are plenty of not-for-profit groups out there that are worth contributing to. So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he’d be donating 99% of his Facebook shares to charity, I thought, good for him!

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

How can you give back this holiday season? (Credit: Feng Yu/Shutterstock)

On the surface, it looks like a great thing–but there are many critics who wonder why he’s started a new charity rather than contributing to one of the many worthy causes already in existence. Read more