Financial management life hacks to make college life easier

While going to college is primarily about getting a good education, there’s a secondary education you receive from college life. I’m not talking about the social aspects—although I certainly learned a lot about encountering people with different points of view and from different backgrounds when I started college. One of the most important things I learned, though, was financial management.

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

College is the perfect time to learn financial management tips. (Credit: Michelle Adams)

I won’t say I mastered my finances in college, because being on my own and responsible for my own money for the first time wasn’t exactly a smooth experience. But I did eventually pick up some life hacks to make life easier by keeping tabs on the money I was spending. Here are some of the top financial life hacks for college students I’ve spotted lately. Read more

10 do-it-yourself tips for academic goals in college

I was lucky in that I knew exactly what my personal goals were for college. But not every college student does. Figuring out what to study and how to work toward that degree several long years away can be daunting.

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

Create academic goals to help with college success. (Credit: My Time Management)

So here are some student educational planning tips and guidelines for a do-it-yourself plan to create educational goals and objectives, and suggestions to track your academic goals while in college. Read more

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

Foreign affairs and geography facts: What do college students know?

Today’s world is more interconnected than ever, meaning that current events have much more of an impact on our day-to-day lives. A recent National Geographic survey, however, found that college students might need a bit of help in the areas of geography and foreign affairs.

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

How well do you know world geography? (Credit: The Telegraph)

I know it can seem like an impossible task to keep up with everything that is going on in the world, but read on for the things you need to know to improve your global literacy. Read more

Yep, it’s already time to apply for your summer internship

There will be plenty of competition for jobs after graduation so college students need to make sure that they have a resume that gets noticed. One way to do that is with an internship. Not only will you get great experience, you’ll make professional contacts and you could earn money for tuition.

Start applying for your summer internship soon. (Credit: Make Money In Life)

Start applying for your summer internship soon. (Credit: Make Money In Life)

Even unpaid internships are worth considering because they can help you get a job after graduation. The best internships go fast, so if you want a summer internship, you need to start applying now. Read more

The secrets to success in college—life hacks and study tips

You probably already know 1,001 life hacks for soda can tabs or cooking in your microwave, but maybe you could use a little refresher on study tips, no matter what class you are struggling in.

Learn the secrets to success for college here. (Credit: The Foundation)

Learn the secrets to success for college here. (Credit: The Foundation)

College students I’ve heard your pleas, and I come bearing the secrets to success—college edition. Read more

Cyber security tips for college students

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Colleges and universities are particularly susceptible to cyber threats and security breaches, as smartphones and tablets are more popular than ever for social media and for school work.

Protect yourself from cyber security threats. (Credit: CXO Today)

Protect yourself from cyber security threats. (Credit: CXO Today)

Here are cyber security tips to maintain computer security. 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

Group DIY Halloween costumes for college students

What if you’ve got your DIY Halloween costume all planned, only to find out that the best Halloween party on campus has a prize for group costumes? Luckily, most college students have a group of friends (or at least one) that they can convince into some crazy college Halloween costumes. And the great thing is there are plenty of team costumes you can find pieces for at thrift stores, through freecycling, and a little bit of creativity.

Ask your friends about doing group Halloween costumes. (Credit: Brit + Co)

Ask your friends about doing group Halloween costumes. (Credit: Brit + Co)

Pick a favorite television show or film, or come up with a really creative way to interpret candy, video games, or even parts of a hamburger, and wow Halloween party goers with your holiday style. Read more