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Posted October 17, 2015 by

Grueling FAFSA application process leaves money on the table, hurts students

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Directly above photograph of a grant application. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

As the cost of college tuitions skyrocket, the world of academia is constantly growing more competitive, which is causing a large number of students to second guess their options for college. Today, a college education can be financially intimidating, especially when your main form of payment is through some sort of government aid, student loan, or the hope for a potential scholarship. With college costing an average student more than $30,000 per year, students are actively seeking any monetary help possible to ensure they are not haunted by a mountain of debt after graduation. (more…)

Posted August 21, 2014 by

5 Ways To Improve Your Post-Grad Job Search

Female university graduate looking back at graduation ceremony

Female university graduate looking back at graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

The months proceeding graduation are nerve-wracking for any student. How to land that first real job is a feat made ever more imposing by the arrival of student loan bills. Maybe your parents begin reminding you that your education was an investment, and now it’s time that it pays off. So what do you do? Some resort to sending out thousands of resumes, or cold calling businesses for open positions. To avoid moving back in with your parents, or settling into the title of baccalaureate barista, here are some tips to make your post-grad job search a success. (more…)

Posted May 07, 2014 by

The price of not attending college

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Putting money into college savings. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Many high school graduates fret over their future, and for those following the news, the situation may seem murkier than ever. Forbes reports that the nation’s “$1 trillion student loan problem keeps getting worse,” and according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, college graduates are greeted with “crummy” jobs and fewer full-time options. Students weighing their options might begin to wonder if college is even worth it anymore. Well, a new report says it is. In fact, recent research suggests the only thing less affordable than college is not going at all. (more…)

Posted April 04, 2014 by

5 Key Challenges Today’s Graduates Encounter

Group of diverse students celebrating graduation

Group of diverse students celebrating graduation. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

At times, life unfolds in clearly defined chapters, each defined by the things we are preoccupied with during these individual life stages.  College, for example, is a relatively carefree time, bridging the gap between childhood abandon and the real-life concerns facing graduates after they leave school.  While it is a time to grow up, college years are also set-aside for living out youthful dreams and enjoying the transition to adulthood.  As a result, graduates face several wake-up calls as they move from campus life into mainstream employment following school. (more…)

Posted February 04, 2014 by

Unusual jobs that pay surprisingly well

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Splash of chocolate on a white background. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Fresh out of college and looking for a job? Millions of graduates are in the same position as you are. Most of them are looking to pay off a hefty student loan. The idea of having to pay off a debt can be pretty daunting. You are possibly thinking that a boring desk job is your only way to earn some good bucks.

Fortunately, you are wrong. Who says you can’t have an interesting job and rake in the big bucks at the same time? Here is a list of interesting jobs which are high paying enough to bring you some debt relief. (more…)

Posted September 12, 2013 by

College Freshmen, Avoid These 15 Financial Errors

College student holding money and books, upset by tuition cost and debt

College student holding money and books, upset by tuition cost and debt. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

If you are a college freshman who wants to make the most of your financial situation, be sure to avoid the 15 mistakes mentioned by Kiplinger in the following post.

·         Spending without a budget—students might not have much experience tracking their spending, but their checking account balance could quickly hit $0 if they don’t take the time to find out where their money is going on a day-to-day basis.

·         Paying for a checking account—it’s become harder to find free checking accounts with no strings attached, but many banks offer free student accounts with no minimum balance. (more…)