College student loans and credit score: Protect your good credit and financial future

Student loansFor those of us college students (as well as recent graduates), student loan payments are probably not something at the top of your to-do list. I mean, come on, this is money that is (or was) helping you get through college. There is a reason why you aren’t expected to repay this debt right away. What you may not know, however, is that there is a direct link between student loans and credit score — something that helps determine whether you have good credit or not. Based on this fact, these loans can make or break your financial future. Read more

Tax season 101: First-timer’s guide to 2012 taxes

It’s about that time — time to file2012 taxes your 2012 taxes, that is! If you’re a first time taxpayer, don’t fret; there are many resources out there to help with tax filing for students. So, grab a notebook and get yourself organized; in no time at all you should be able to cash that first refund check!

First time ‘round these parts?

Tax filing can be very confusing, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. First things, first: get yourself organized. Read more

Taxes 101: How to get your IRS tax refund and education tax credit

Student IRS tax refunds

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Spring is in the air. Birds are singing. But you wouldn’t know it. You’re up to your eyeballs in term papers, homework and mid-terms. The last thing on your mind is taxes, but in order to get your IRS tax refund, you have to file by April 17. If you can, have mom and dad take care of the paperwork. Then, if you wake up some night in a panic wondering, “Where is my tax return?” you’ll know that it’s in good hands. If you’re doing it yourself and have to figure it out on your own, we’ve got the steps you need to take in our Taxes 101 how to guide! Read more