6 tips for frugal living for college students

You’re living on your own, you might have a part-time job while going to school, but money is always going to be tight.

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Learn how to live a frugal life in college. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Here are some lifehack tips for cheap food and services and frugal living in college. Read more

Get ready to apply for the FAFSA

It’s that time of year again–your free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) can be filed. It seems earlier than before, right? That’s because this year, there’s an earlier filing date for the FAFSA: the application window opened October 1st. Don’t worry, the application deadline is still way off, but it’s a good thing to check on, because there are FAFSA deadlines at the federal, state, and even college level. (Colleges are being encouraged to set the deadline no earlier than February.)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

Time to begin applying for the FAFSA. (Credit: PTC.edu)

I know it can be a hassle to apply for federal aid–I needed it for all four years of undergrad–but with some of the new tools, including the handy IRS Data Retrieval tool, the whole process is getting easier. Read more

How to save money the DIY way on college

It seems like not a day goes by that you don’t hear something in the news about the high price of education for college students. From student loan debt to constantly increasing tuition costs, there seems to be a never-ending stream of expenses.

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

Find out how you can save money in college. (Credit: Getty Images)

What about some great ideas to save money while you are earning that degree? I’ve compiled a quick DIY how-to guide to help you keep your college costs down. Read more

DIY Halloween costumes for college students

I know what you’re thinking—it’s September! It’s not time to start thinking about Halloween yet! Well, that depends on whether or not you want to be the star of every Halloween party on campus. (Or, frankly, whether you want to avoid waiting until the last minute to throw something together.) Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I’ve always looked forward to throwing together weird craft supplies and accessories to create something new and cool that’s reminiscent of my favorite characters.

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

Take the DIY route for your costume this year. (Credit: Giphy)

In college, Halloween costumes shouldn’t set back your budget, and there are a lot of fun DIY Halloween costume options that don’t take a lot of money or time. Here are some ideas for college students on getting ready for the upcoming holiday. Read more

Handling money life hacks for college students

In case you haven’t realized it yet, handling money can be hard. Do you feel like you have the financial literacy skills to make the most of what money you do have? It is never too late to learn some life hacks for money management.

What are your best tips for handling money? (Credit: Newsplex)

What are your best tips for handling money? (Credit: Newsplex)

Maybe you are living off mom and dad now, but all college students need to understand the ins and outs of money so they don’t make bad choices that will haunt them in the long run. Read more

How HB2 is affecting NCAA athletics in North Carolina

Fans of college athletics know how important college basketball is in the state of North Carolina. The recent news that the NCAA won’t play any basketball championships in 2017 because of the HB2 bill has upset more than the fans, especially after the ACC followed in their footsteps.

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

HB2 law has created issues for North Carolina in regards to college sports. (Credit: USA Today Sports)

Both groups’ decisions will have major impacts on the state financially, but it is also a blow to fans of college sports in North Carolina. Read more

Top 4 scams for college students to avoid

College is a time to learn, try new things and find your own identity. Unfortunately, others are seeking your identity, too. College students are vulnerable to all sorts of scams and types of identity theft. Just at a time in life when you’re starting to build a good credit score, scammers can derail your plans.

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

Beware of scams targeted at college students. (Credit: Rent.com)

One of the most common is the student loan forgiveness scam, but there are plenty of other ways that students can get ripped off. Read more

Top 5 things to do when getting ready for college

Before my freshman year, I remember the flurry of getting ready as I got all the supplies I’d need for my first year on my own. Incoming college students have a lot to remember to accomplish before starting their first fall semester! Along with shopping for all the stuff you need (we’ve got recommendations for what you need—and what you don’t!) there’s a whole checklist worth of things you need to accomplish before you leave.

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

Getting ready for college is easy with our best tips. (Credit: Regions)

I wanted to make sure I got to have some fun with my high school friends before heading off for college life, and you might want to consider it, too! Along with savoring those last days of summer, here are the top 5 things you need to do as you’re getting ready for college. Read more

Your first apartment: Tips for living on your own (at last!)

Getting your first apartment is an exciting but stressful time. Now you have to deal with real world issues like paying rent and living on a budget. But when college students share a space, there are other things to consider such as a roommate agreement where everyone agrees on things like chores and sharing expenses.

Here's what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Here’s what you need to know about your first apartment. (Credit: Apartment Guide)

Let’s look at some more tips and ideas to consider when you set yourself up in your own apartment or house. Read more

7 first day of college tips

My first day of college classes was daunting for me, as it is for most college students. You’re still finding your classroom buildings, navigating the college campus layout and meeting teachers and fellow students for the first time.

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

What tips do you suggest for the first day of college? (Credit: The Odyssey Online)

Here are some bits of freshman advice and college tips for your first day of class. Read more