Education &amp; Training http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/12010/all en-US Here's What You Need to Know Before Buying a College Meal Plan http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-college-meal-plan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-what-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-college-meal-plan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/smiling_student_on_lunch_break_in_cafeteria_looking_at_camera.jpg" alt="Smiling student on lunch break in cafeteria looking at camera" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Before heading off to college, you need to budget for its many expenses. On top of tuition, course materials, and room and board, many people also forget about one important line item: food! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-college-expenses-you-arent-saving-for?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 College Expenses You Aren't Saving For</a>)</p> <p>The unfortunate news is you often don't have a lot of options for combating the high cost of college campus meals. But at least you can go into the situation informed, so you can make appropriate budget allowances. Here are six things every student should know about college meal plans:</p> <h2>1. Residential students are often required to buy one</h2> <p>First of all, you may think that you have the option of whether or not to buy a meal plan. Turns out that if you're a student living in university quarters, your school will likely require you to buy one. Make sure to read the fine print, because freshmen can be required to pay up for a &quot;platinum&quot; plan. For example, for the 2017-2018 school year, the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey required its freshmen living on campus to purchase an unlimited $3,200 per semester meal plan.</p> <p>Even students living in dormitories with kitchens can be required a minimum buy-in for food costs, according to The New York Times.</p> <h2>2. &quot;Lighter&quot; meal plans are often only available to upperclassmen</h2> <p>If you find that a top-tier meal plan is excessive and you want to downgrade, you may have to wait a few semesters (or years). It's not uncommon that lighter versions, such as a 10-meal per week plan, are only available to students with a certain number of semesters under their belts. Freshmen may be required to buy plans with 15 to 19 meals per week.</p> <h2>3. Rollovers may not be allowed</h2> <p>Some schools allow you to apply unused meals from one week to the next, and others don't. To help you make the most out of your meal plan, check the applicable rules regarding rollovers. Tight rules may make skipping meals at participating cafeterias and vendors a big financial waste. You don't want to skip a meal you've paid for, only to have to pay for off-plan food later when you're hungry.</p> <h2>4. Cost per &quot;swipe&quot; can be higher</h2> <p>Some college dining plans provide cards with a preloaded number of swipes that students can use at participating on-campus eateries. Sound good? Well, the problem is, that convenience comes at a cost: Cardholders often end up paying more &quot;per swipe&quot; than somebody paying for the same meal with cash.</p> <p>If you're looking for variety, going the DIY route is more budget-friendly. Instead of swiping for overpriced coffee at the on-campus coffee shop, invest in a small coffee pot for your dorm room. By buying your own ground coffee and milk, you should be able to crank out two Americanos with milk per day for a total cost of about 60 cents. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-every-college-student-should-try?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Money-Saving Hacks Every College Student Should Try</a>)</p> <h2>5. Meal plan expenses aren't eligible for tax credits</h2> <p>Many college students are eligible for two great tax credits:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Lifetime Learning Credit: This credit allows you to deduct up to 20 percent of your first $10,000 in qualified education expenses, up to $2,000 per taxpayer.</p> </li> <li> <p>American Opportunity Credit: This credit enables you to cover up to $2,500 of undergraduate college costs.</p> </li> </ul> <p>Unlike expenses for course-related supplies or tuition, meal plan fees aren't eligible toward either one of these tax credits. Even when required as a condition for enrollment or attendance, meal plan fees aren't considered qualified education expenses. This is especially frustrating, because up to 40 percent of the American Opportunity Credit is refundable, even if you don't owe any federal taxes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-skip-these-8-tax-breaks-for-students?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Don't Skip These 8 Tax Breaks for Students</a>)</p> <h2>6. Higher costs contribute to higher student loans</h2> <p>According to Student Loan Hero, the average 2016 graduate took home $37,172 in student loan debt, up 6 percent from 2015. With their average student loan burden going up, students have to look for ways to drive down costs. And increasingly expensive college meal plans aren't helping.</p> <p>According to U.S. Department of Education data, the average college charged about $4,300 for a 19-meal per week contract for the 2015 academic year, or $7.50 per meal. In the same year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the average American spent just $4,000 eating at home for a 12-month period (that's just $4 a meal!). That means the average college student with a meal plan pays 87.5 percent more per meal.</p> <p>It turns out that cutting back on that pricey college meal plan doesn't just help you ward off the extra pounds, but it also helps keep the student debt monster in check.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-before-buying-a-college-meal-plan">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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This is an exciting time for many of them, especially for new college students who may be living on their own for the first time and experience more freedom &mdash; and responsibility &mdash; as adults.</p> <p><strong>What advice would you give a college freshman?</strong> What was the most important lesson you learned during your early adult years?</p> <p>Tell us what advice you would give a college freshman and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win:</p> <ul> <li>Follow us on Twitter</li> <li>Tweet about our giveaway for an entry.</li> <li>Visit our Facebook page for an entry.</li> </ul> <p>Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards:</p> <p><a class="rcptr" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa313/" rel="nofollow" data-raflid="79857dfa313" data-theme="classic" data-template="" id="rcwidget_5qsytaby">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, August 21st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. 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But dorm life doesn't mean you have to sacrifice every creature comfort. Here are 14 dorm room essentials that will make life easier, safer, and healthier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-freshman-shopping-tips-to-cut-college-costs?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Freshman Shopping Tips to Cut College Costs</a>)</p> <h2>1. Oscillating fan</h2> <p>Dormitories aren't known for their elaborate climate control options. A compact but powerful <a href="http://amzn.to/2vAoBn6" target="_blank">oscillating fan</a> will not only help keep you cool; it'll generate a bit of valuable white noise to mask any late night revelry.</p> <h2>2. Earplugs</h2> <p>And while we're on the topic of noise, stock up on disposable <a href="http://amzn.to/2viPwkx" target="_blank">foam earplugs</a>. If you're a light sleeper or used to the uninterrupted silence of a private bedroom, the adjustment to dorm life can be rough. Though earplugs won't block out noise completely, they'll dampen it enough that you can get some sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Fall Asleep When You Can't</a>)</p> <h2>3. Blackout curtains</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vBfvpS" target="_blank">Blackout curtains</a> promote sleep by keeping out early morning sunlight. They're especially useful in rooms with east-facing windows or in urban settings where blinking traffic signals and bright security lights are hard to escape.</p> <h2>4. Microwave and mini-fridge</h2> <p>This kitchen duo will make food preparation and storage a snap &mdash; helping you avoid spendy trips to off-campus restaurants. But before you buy, check with the university housing staff or student handbook to determine which in-room appliances are allowed. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-small-appliances-for-students?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best Small Appliances for Students</a>)</p> <h2>5. Stainless steel flatware</h2> <p>Rather than throw away money on disposable utensils, invest in a <a href="http://amzn.to/2vg5dul" target="_blank">set of flatware</a> for dorm room dining. No need to buy new; you can easily assemble a mismatched collection from yard sales or thrift stores.</p> <h2>6. Shower caddy</h2> <p>Since most dorms feature communal bathrooms, you'll need a handy way to transport your personal care items. Grab-and-go <a href="http://amzn.to/2fqH9zI" target="_blank">shower caddies</a> have a place for all the hygiene goods that keep you looking great.</p> <h2>7. Antimicrobial flip-flops</h2> <p>No matter how clean they may be, those communal showers have a distinct &quot;ick factor.&quot; Protect your feet and stop the spread of germs by investing in a pair of slip-resistant <a href="http://amzn.to/2vBQdIo" target="_blank">antimicrobial shower sandals</a>.</p> <h2>8. First aid kit</h2> <p>Headaches and colds are a fact of life (especially during finals week). Keep a small supply of pain relievers, cough drops, and cold medicine on-hand to make dorm life easier during trying times. And when emergencies happen, make sure your first aid kit includes rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment, bandages, and aloe vera gel for burns. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-first-aid-kits?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The 5 Best First Aid Kits</a>)</p> <h2>9. Clip-on light</h2> <p>All-night study sessions are a time-honored tradition among college students. Use a <a href="http://amzn.to/2wESqPU" target="_blank">clip-on light</a> to illuminate your textbook and not your snoozing roomie. With a flexible &quot;gooseneck&quot; design and durable clip, they're perfect for bunk bed rails and headboards.</p> <h2>10. Desktop organizer</h2> <p>No matter how virtual our workspaces become, everyone needs a <a href="http://amzn.to/2vBwubU" target="_blank">desktop organizer</a> to hold highlighters, pens, sticky notes, and assorted chargers and cables. And when your course load gets heavier, at least your desk won't be a total mess.</p> <h2>11. Bed risers</h2> <p><a href="http://amzn.to/2vg3vct" target="_blank">Bed risers</a> are an inexpensive way to reclaim precious square footage for seasonal clothes, luggage, and sports equipment. Some risers even come with built-in electrical outlets and USB ports for easy bedside charging.</p> <h2>12. Over-the-door shoe organizer</h2> <p>To maximize limited space in your dorm room, think vertically. <a href="http://amzn.to/2fqd7Mx" target="_blank">Over-the-door shoe organizers</a> aren't just for footwear. Use the pockets to hold scarves and gloves, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, utensils, and packaged snacks.</p> <h2>13. Flexible furniture</h2> <p>In tight spaces, every item needs to pull double duty. Keep an eye out for small-scale multiuse furniture (an ottoman with a built-in storage compartment or a shelf that can also serve as a room divider). Also, consider items like folding chairs and <a href="http://amzn.to/2vBJRc5" target="_blank">TV trays</a> that can be easily stored when not in use.</p> <h2>14. Cleaning kit</h2> <p>Spills, stains and other minor mishaps need quick attention. Assemble a small cleaning kit with stain removers, laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, and a microfiber cloth. It'll definitely come in handy when those inevitable &quot;oops!&quot; moments happen.</p> <p>Let me wrap things up with one final, but crucial, tip: Before investing in any item that can be shared, check with your soon-to-be roommate. Together, you can coordinate shopping lists to avoid duplication or split the cost of big-ticket purchases.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dorm-essentials-that-make-student-life-easier">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies">6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-freshman-shopping-tips-to-cut-college-costs">9 Freshman Shopping Tips to Cut College Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-best-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-ever">Flashback Friday: 47 Best Back-to-School Shopping Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-can-buy-used">6 Back-to-School Items You Can Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Shopping back-to-school back-to-school shopping college college freshman dorm essentials dorm room school supplies shopping for college Thu, 10 Aug 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Kentin Waits 1999315 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-153500715.jpg" alt="Saving on school supplies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new school year is just around the corner, which means it's also time to start shopping for school supplies. When you're on a budget, coming up with the money to pay for binders, notebooks, and backpacks can be difficult. And growing supply requirements can put a real strain on families. According to the National Retail Federation, the average family with children in grades K-12&nbsp;<a href="https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/back-school-and-college-spending-reach-758-billion" target="_blank">plans to spend $673.57 on school supplies</a>, clothing, and shoes for the new school year.</p> <p>The good news is there are ways you can reduce your spending, while also getting everything you need. Here are six ways you can save on school supplies. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-best-credit-cards-for-back-to-school-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards to Use for Back to School Savings</a>)</p> <h2>1. Shop your home</h2> <p>You likely have supplies stashed around your home you've forgotten about. Shopping your own home first can prevent you from buying unnecessary supplies.</p> <p>Set up a large bin or designate a corner for school supplies. Work with the rest of your family to check drawers, closets, and under beds for pens, rulers, or backpacks. Pile everything into the designated section. Then go through your children's classroom requirements and check off what you already own. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-effortless-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Effortless Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a>)</p> <h2>2. Work with your child to set a budget</h2> <p>Kids often love the idea of new things, whether it's clothes or a new lunch box. But replacing everything might not be possible within your budget. Instead, sit down with your child and have them <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-help-your-kid-build-their-first-budget?ref=internal" target="_blank">create their own budget</a>. Tell them how much they have to spend and explain that when that amount is gone, they cannot buy anymore. It can be a helpful way to rein in spending. For example, if your children love clothes, you can remind them of the budget when they want the sparkly purple notebook that is three times the price of a plain one. A budget can help them decide where they want to splurge, and where they are willing to cut back.</p> <p>If the budget has wiggle room, it can also be an opportunity to teach your child about work and pay. Perhaps you can set up a list of chores and payments for each one. As they complete chores, you add some extra money to their school budget.</p> <h2>3. Split costs with another family</h2> <p>Buying in bulk can help you save a great deal on supplies, but finding a place to store the extra materials can be tricky. Instead, try connecting with another family with a child in your kid's class. If you don't know anyone, many schools have class-specific Facebook groups where you can connect with other parents. You can buy supplies like paper, pens, markers, and crayons and then split the cost with them. Everybody wins. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-shopping-hacks-for-big-savings?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Back-to-School Shopping Hacks for Big Savings</a>)</p> <h2>4. Take advantage of dollar stores</h2> <p>Dollar stores can be a stellar budget saver when money is tight. You can purchase everything from notebooks to protractors for a dollar (or less). Depending on the store, there may be special deals as well from limited shipments, such as brand-name markers and crayons. You can start your back-to-school shopping at a dollar store, and then shop at other retailers for the rest of the supplies.</p> <h2>5. Use coupons</h2> <p>Coupons can reduce your expenses, and with the internet, it's easier than ever to find relevant promotions. Use sites like <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com" target="_blank">RetailMeNot</a> or <a href="http://www.couponsherpa.com" target="_blank">CouponSherpa</a> to find discounts at stores like Staples, Target, or Kohl's. Those sites collect all coupons across the web, so you can find the ones you need and use them on the spot.</p> <p>And by installing browser extensions like <a href="https://www.joinhoney.com/" target="_blank">Honey</a>, you can shop leisurely online while the extension finds applicable coupon codes for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-apps-and-extensions-find-online-deals-for-you-automatically?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These Apps and Extensions Find Online Deals for You &mdash; Automatically</a>)</p> <h2>6. Shop with discounted gift cards</h2> <p>Shopping with discounted gift cards can be a smart way to save a significant amount of money. People who received cards as a gift, or received store credit for a return might decide that they don't have any use for it. Rather than let it sit in a drawer, they can sell it to sites like <a href="http://www.giftcardgranny.com" target="_blank">Gift Card Granny</a>, <a href="http://www.raise.com" target="_blank">Raise</a> and <a href="http://www.giftcardzen.com" target="_blank">Gift Card Zen</a>, who then offer these gift cards at a discount.</p> <p>Depending on the retailer and the amount on the card, the savings can be huge. For example, if your family needs new clothes, you could score a $500 gift card for $440, and that extra $60 could go a long way. When you're on a limited budget, discounted gift cards can help stretch your money to the max.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Genius%2520Ways%2520to%2520Stock%2520Up%2520on%2520School%2520Supplies.jpg&amp;description=6%20Genius%20Ways%20to%20Stock%20Up%20on%20School%20Supplies"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Genius%20Ways%20to%20Stock%20Up%20on%20School%20Supplies.jpg" alt="6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-43-genius-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">Flashback Friday: 43 Genius Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-best-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-supplies-right-now">The 8 Best Ways to Save on Back-to-School Supplies Right NOW</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-back-to-school-items-you-can-buy-used">6 Back-to-School Items You Can Buy Used</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dorm-essentials-that-make-student-life-easier">14 Dorm Essentials That Make Student Life Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-effortless-ways-to-save-on-back-to-school-shopping">4 Effortless Ways to Save on Back-to-School Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Shopping back to school back-to-school shopping kids saving money school shopping school supplies school year shopping tips Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:30:08 +0000 Kat Tretina 1990978 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Questions to Ask Before Taking Out Student Loans http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-taking-out-student-loans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-questions-to-ask-before-taking-out-student-loans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_saving_education_coins.jpg" alt="Woman saving education coins" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever, with the average graduate in their 20s making $351 a month in student loan payments. Suggested changes to the federal student loan program could have even more college students questioning just how much student loan debt they want or can afford.</p> <p>As part of its overall budget plan, the Trump administration would like to eliminate current provisions in which the government pays the interest on student loans taken out by low-income students while the borrower is still in school and for six months after graduation.</p> <p>The Trump administration is also proposing to end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. This program allows borrowers who go on to work for the government or for nonprofits to have the remainder of their federal student loans forgiven after they make 10 years of payments.</p> <p>Even though these potential changes might never be signed into law, just the possibility of such changes makes it even more important for students to ask the right questions before they take out federal or private student loans.</p> <p>Here are six questions you should ask before signing up for any student loan.</p> <h2>1. Have you considered all education options?</h2> <p>Your first-choice school might be the most expensive university on your list. You might be able to reduce the amount of money you borrow each year by choosing a less costly option.</p> <p>Instead of attending a private college, you might investigate a public university. Instead of going to an out-of-state school, you might consider going to school in-state, which comes with lower tuition. You could also attend a community college for two years before transferring to a private or public university for the remainder of your college years. These choices could reduce the amount of student loan debt you'll have to take on.</p> <h2>2. Can you cut out room and board?</h2> <p>The College Board reported that the average yearly cost of room and board at a public four-year university stood at $10,440 during the 2016&ndash;2017 academic year. You can save that expense if you attend a college that allows you to live at home while taking classes.</p> <p>Yes, you will lose out on some of the traditional college experience. But taking on less student loan debt might be an acceptable trade-off.</p> <h2>3. Are you borrowing too much for your potential future income?</h2> <p>Certain careers pay more than others. You need to remember this when applying for student loans. You don't want to take on huge debts if you expect to make $40,000 a year when you graduate. But taking on larger amounts of debt might be a solid financial choice if you are working toward a higher-paying degree.</p> <h2>4. How big of a student loan payment are you willing to make once you're working?</h2> <p>Borrowing money might seem easy when you're still in school. After all, you're probably not making payments on these loans yet. But once you're out in the working world, that student loan debt won't seem so benign.</p> <p>You will have to make payments each month. And these payments will come in addition to rent, car payments and, eventually, mortgage payments. Student loan payments become a huge financial burden to many. Before borrowing today, you need to consider how comfortable you'll be making those payments in the future.</p> <h2>5. Are there other types of financial aid available?</h2> <p>Before applying for a student loan, make sure you explore all financial aid options with your high school counselor, or the university you plan to attend. Many universities offer merit scholarships to incoming students. You usually don't have to apply for these scholarships. Schools automatically provide them, usually based on your academic performance. Even if you've been offered one, you might be able to persuade your university to provide you with a larger merit scholarship, especially if you are worried that you won't be able to afford the yearly tuition without financial help.</p> <p>There are other types of scholarships, too, that you should investigate. The U.S. Department of Education says that there are several ways for college students to search for scholarships and grants. They should first speak with the financial aid office at the college they are attending. These professionals often have tips for hunting down scholarship and grant money.</p> <p>They can also use the free online <a href="http://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx" target="_blank">scholarship finder</a> offered by the Department of Education. The department also offers an online list of <a href="https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html" target="_blank">state grant agencies</a> that students can search to find scholarships and grants in their states.</p> <p>Call your school's financial aid office to discuss options such as work-study programs and possible additional financial help.</p> <h2>6. Can you get by without private loans?</h2> <p>Even if you get grants and scholarships, you may still need student loans. There are two types of student loans to consider: Federal loans offered through the federal government or private loans offered by private lenders. Federal loans are preferable because they usually come with lower interest rates and more flexible repayment programs. Federal loans also provide more options if, after graduating, you find yourself struggling to make payments, including deferment and eventual forgiveness programs.</p> <p>It's far better to rely as much as possible on federal subsidized or unsubsidized student loans. The challenge is that these federal loans have limits; you can only borrow so much each school year.</p> <p>Your school might also offer its own lower-interest loans that would be cheaper than private loans. But if these options still aren't enough, you'll have to determine whether taking out less attractive private student loans to attend college is worthwhile. It might be the only option.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-questions-to-ask-before-taking-out-student-loans&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Questions%2520to%2520Ask%2520Before%2520Taking%2520Out%2520Student%2520Loans.jpg&amp;description=6%20Questions%20to%20Ask%20Before%20Taking%20Out%20Student%20Loans"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Questions%20to%20Ask%20Before%20Taking%20Out%20Student%20Loans.jpg" alt="6 Questions to Ask Before Taking Out Student Loans" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-taking-out-student-loans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-financial-aid-might-not-cover">6 Things Financial Aid Might Not Cover</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-borrow-student-loan-money-from-amazon-prime">Should You Borrow Student Loan Money From Amazon Prime?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-student-loan-grace-period">4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Student Loan Grace Period</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-valuable-rights-you-might-lose-when-you-refinance-student-loans">8 Valuable Rights You Might Lose When You Refinance Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Education & Training college debt repayment federal loans higher education private loans scholarships student debt student loans trump tuition Tue, 18 Jul 2017 08:00:08 +0000 Dan Rafter 1983760 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Ways to Go to College for Free http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-go-to-college-for-free <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-ways-to-go-to-college-for-free" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_college_student_636595452.jpg" alt="Woman going to college for free" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on ways to go to college for free, money mistakes that people make more than once, and ways to save on a vacation rental.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="https://christianpf.com/free-college/">7 Ways to Go to College for Free</a> &mdash; Your employer (or future employer) may offer tuition reimbursement programs, especially if your area of study is related to their industry. [SeedTime]</p> <p><a href="http://shebudgets.com/personal-finance/money-mistakes-avoid/69399">20 Money Saving Mistakes People Always Make More than Once</a> &mdash; Bartering is a great way to save money, but don't barter with someone who seems to never hold up their end of the deal. [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://shoppingkim.com/4-ways-save-big-vacation-rental/">4 Ways to Save Big on a Vacation Rental</a> &mdash; Consider the cost of the amenities that you will (or won't) be using during your vacation. [Shopping Kim]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.wallstreetsurvivor.com/2017/07/05/3-things-consider-buying-rental-property/">3 Things to Consider When Buying a Rental Property</a> &mdash; Use the One Percent Rule to figure out how much you need to charge in monthly rent in order to over the mortgage payment. [Wall Street Survivor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/2017/07/6-mid-year-tax-moves-to-make-this-july.html">6 midyear tax moves to make this July</a> &mdash; Set up a bunching strategy to make sure you have enough qualified expenses to meet some of the itemized deduction thresholds. [Don't Mess With Taxes]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://www.popsugar.com.au/smart-living/How-Switch-Off-From-Your-Busy-Job-43214377">4 Ways to Recharge When Your Job Feels 24/7</a> &mdash; Structure your week to include time for all the important things in your life. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.frugalvillage.com/2017/07/06/5-alternate-materials-to-use-in-your-house-to-save-money/">5 Alternate Materials to Use in Your House to Save Money</a> &mdash; Metal roofing may cost more upfront, but it's one of the most durable and long-lasting options to cover your house, allowing you to save on repairs and energy expenses. [Frugal Village]</p> <p><a href="http://naturemoms.com/blog/2017/07/06/organized-save-time-money/">How Being Organized Can Save Time and Money</a> &mdash; Being organized makes it easier to stay on top of the nitty-gritty details, like paying bills on time or doing regular maintenance on parts of your home or car. [Nature Moms Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneywisdom.com/financial-tips-preparing-big-future-purchases/">Financial Tips For Preparing For Big Future Purchases</a> &mdash; Avoid luxury purchases. That money would be better spent on something you actually need. [Free Money Wisdom]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/retailers-use-data-get-spend/">How Retailers Use Data To Get You To Spend More</a> &mdash; Retailers are able to track your location once you connect to their in-store Wi-Fi. [Save The Bills]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-ways-to-go-to-college-for-free">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-dorm-essentials-that-make-student-life-easier">14 Dorm Essentials That Make Student Life Easier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor">How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-certifications-that-add-big-to-your-salary">7 Certifications That Add Big $$ to Your Salary</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-genius-ways-to-stock-up-on-school-supplies">6 Genius Ways to Stock Up on School Supplies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-freebies-for-college-students">20+ Freebies for College Students</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training best money tips free college Fri, 07 Jul 2017 16:26:49 +0000 Amy Lu 1979454 at http://www.wisebread.com These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan http://www.wisebread.com/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/saving_for_education.jpg" alt="Saving for education" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Student loans can dampen the ability of new grads to get on their feet financially, causing stress at home and at work. According to Student Loan Hero, the graduating class of 2016 had an average student loan balance of $37,172 &mdash; up six percent from the year before.</p> <p>While it's daunting to see that number rise, the good news is that, in an effort to recruit and retain the best hires, a growing number of employers have started programs to help employees pay back those hefty student loans. Here are a few of those companies helping workers get out of debt.</p> <h2>1. Chegg</h2> <p>In April 2015, tutoring and study services company Chegg announced its college loan reduction plan for full-time employees in partnership with Tuition.IO, a company that provides a web-based platform for tracking and managing student loan payments. This benefit has an annual cap of $1,000 (less taxes), but has no cap on the total amount an employee can receive.</p> <h2>2. ChowNow</h2> <p>ChowNow has found this perk so useful in hiring talent that the company decided to double it from when it first started offering it to employees. The Los Angeles-based online food ordering company has an employer-paid student loan assistance program that matches up to $1,000 a year of employee payments.</p> <h2>3. CommonBond</h2> <p>Since December 2016, this lending marketplace platform has been granting $100 per month to its employees to pay down student loans. While CommonBond limits the perk at $1,200 per year, the company continues helping its employees until they fully pay off their student loans. Employees also have the option to refinance their student loans with CommonBond. On average, student borrowers save over $14,000 when refinancing through CommonBond, according to the company.</p> <h2>4. Credit Suisse</h2> <p>The financial services company doesn't offer a lump sum benefit to its employees, but instead provides a 0.25 percent discount on interest rates to workers that refinance their student loans with online lender SoFi.</p> <h2>5. Connelly Partners</h2> <p>Boston-based ad agency Connelly Partners works with Gradifi to offer a student loan repayment plan that improves the longer the employee stays with the company. Like a 401(k) plan, the agency matches up to $100 per month of its employees' debt payments. Employees who stick around for at least six months receive a $1,000 student loan payment bonus. Those who work for the company for five years receive another $1,000 bonus for the sixth year.</p> <h2>6. Fidelity Investments</h2> <p>The financial services firm makes an annual $2,000 direct payment to employees' student loan servicers, up to a total of $10,000. If your career with Fidelity requires you to continue your education, then Fidelity will reimburse you 90 percent of qualifying costs (up to $10,000 per year) of a work-related degree or certification program. You must have worked for the company for at least six months to qualify.</p> <h2>7. Kronos</h2> <p>Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the workforce management software provider has partnered with solutions provider Student Loan Genius to pay up to $500 per year to help employees pay down student debt.</p> <h2>8. LendEDU</h2> <p>Since February 2016, the online marketplace for student loan financing has paid $2,400 per year ($200 per month) to employees with student loan debt.</p> <h2>9. Martin Health System</h2> <p>Employees working in the nursing field at Martin Health System in Florida can receive up to $2,000 per year to help pay down their student loans. In addition to this benefit from Martin Health System, Florida nurses can also work in areas with staff shortages to qualify for the state's Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program or the federal Perkins Loan Cancellation for Nurses and Medical Technicians.</p> <h2>10. Moonlite Bunny Ranch</h2> <p>In 2015, Dennis Hof, the owner of the legal brothel Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Nevada, promised to match 100 percent of his employees' student loan payments for two months, up to the full amount that they made during that period.</p> <h2>11. Natixis Global Asset Management</h2> <p>All Natixis employees receive an annual $1,000 student loan repayment benefit, up to $10,000 over a 10-year period. The company used to require that workers reached five years of employment in order to receive a lump sum benefit of $5,000, but did away with the requirement in July 2016.</p> <h2>12. Nvidia</h2> <p>This computing giant offers comprehensive student loan repayment options. First, employees working at least 20 hours per week who graduated within the previous three years can apply for a reimbursement of $6,000 a year for qualifying student loan payments, up to $30,000. Second, employees who successfully refinance their student loans with SoFi receive a bonus ranging from $200 to $500 and pay no loan origination fees. Third, employees who need to go back to college can receive a reimbursement of up to $5,250 each year for qualified job-related educational expenses, including tuition and books, as long as they earn at least a B average.</p> <h2>13. Powertex</h2> <p>The clothing design company was among the first businesses in Wisconsin to partner with Gradifi to offer a student loan repayment assistance program. Powertex gives eligible employees $100 per month for student loan payments for up to six years.</p> <h2>14. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)</h2> <p>Associates and senior associates at the consulting firm receive $100 per month ($1,200 a year) toward student loan payments for up to six years.</p> <h2>15. SoFi</h2> <p>Many employers partner with SoFi to offer a student loan repayment assistance program. The online lender also offers its own eligible employees $200 per month to help them fully pay back student loans.</p> <h2>16. Staples</h2> <p>The office supply retailer offers top-performing full-time employees $100 a month for three years, for a total of $3,600 in student loan assistance. To maintain their eligibility, employees must meet set criteria throughout the entire three years.</p> <h2>17. Aetna</h2> <p>As of January 2017, the health care company matches employees' student loan payments of up to $2,000 per year, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000. The program is available to employees who have graduated within the previous three years from an accredited institution.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthese-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThese%252017%2520Companies%2520Will%2520Help%2520You%2520Repay%2520Your%2520Student%2520Loan_0.jpg&amp;description=These%2017%20Companies%20Will%20Help%20You%20Repay%20Your%20Student%20Loan"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/These%2017%20Companies%20Will%20Help%20You%20Repay%20Your%20Student%20Loan_0.jpg" alt="These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-get-student-loan-debt-forgiveness">8 Ways to Get Student Loan Debt Forgiveness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-student-loans-from-ruining-your-life">How to Stop Student Loans From Ruining Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-didn-t-learn-in-college-but-you-should-have">10 Things You Didn’t Learn in College (but You Should Have)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-financial-aid-might-not-cover">6 Things Financial Aid Might Not Cover</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Job Hunting college companies contributions education employee benefits jobs loan repayment plans student loans Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:10 +0000 Damian Davila 1968233 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Earn $1,000 a Month or More as an Online Tutor http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/web_chat.jpg" alt="Web chat" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're on a tight budget, want to accelerate debt repayment, or need extra money to save for an emergency fund, a side gig can be a smart way to boost your income.</p> <p>One of the most lucrative side gigs is tutoring. Whether you work well with children or prefer helping college students, you can earn up to $1,000 a month tutoring just a few hours a week. And there are many sites out there that eliminate the work of finding clients and marketing yourself; they connect you directly with customers and handle the administrative work.</p> <p>Below are five online tutoring companies that allow you to earn money on your own schedule.</p> <h2>1. Chegg</h2> <p><a href="https://www.chegg.com/tutors/" target="_blank">Chegg</a> connects students with tutors in a range of subjects, including science and mathematics. Unlike some tutoring sites, Chegg works with students from middle school through college. Rates start at $20 an hour, and top tutors can make as much as $1,000 a month.</p> <p>You can tutor whenever you want, depending on your availability; Chegg offers tutoring 24/7. Chegg pays weekly, so it's great for someone who needs extra money quickly. And you can earn more by tutoring high-demand subjects, such as calculus or computer science.</p> <p>To apply, you need to create an account with your email or Facebook login. Chegg will prompt you to enter your information, areas of expertise, and qualifications. You'll receive a decision from the company within a few days.</p> <h2>2. StudyPool</h2> <p><a href="https://www.studypool.com/" target="_blank">StudyPool</a> offers tutoring sessions in over 30 subjects. Online tutors can set their own deadlines and prices. According to the company, some of the top-earning tutors can make salaries well into the six-figures.</p> <p>Unlike other platforms, StudyPool allows students to pose questions to tutors, and a price is set for each question. For example, a student could post a question about a physics problem and offer $7 for help. You can choose as many or as few questions as you'd like to answer.</p> <h2>3. Tutor.com</h2> <p><a href="https://www.tutor.com/" target="_blank">Tutor.com</a> connects you with students of all ages for tutoring sessions in a range of subjects, including accounting, economics, and college essay writing. According to Glassdoor, Tutor.com contractors report making approximately $11 an hour, but some subjects pay even more.</p> <p>To be eligible, you must be a citizen of either the United States or Canada. Tutor.com can be a great source of income for college and graduate school students. While other companies require you to have a degree to accept clients, Tutor.com just asks that you be at least a college sophomore.</p> <p>Sessions are available day and night, seven days a week, so you can work on your own schedule. However, unlike some other sites, Tutor.com does require you to commit to at least five hours a week.</p> <h2>4. VIPKid</h2> <p><a href="https://t.vipkid.com.cn/" target="_blank">VIPKid</a> specializes in connecting Chinese students with English language instructors. The children you work with are between the ages of four and 12. All sessions are one-on-one with an individual child via webcam.</p> <p>With VIPKid, there's no need to spend hours planning classes and materials; VIPKid provides class materials for you. You just need to review the curriculum before each class. The pay rate can be as high as $22 an hour, with incentive bonuses for student performance and number of classes you complete.</p> <p>To be eligible to become a VIPKid tutor, you must have at least a bachelor's degree. You can submit your resume and application online. If the company selects you to proceed, you will undergo an interview, a class demonstration, and a mock session. If you pass these steps, VIPKid will have you sign a six-month contract and you can begin teaching.</p> <h2>5. Wyzant</h2> <p><a href="https://www.wyzant.com/" target="_blank">Wyzant</a> allows tutors to set their own rates, which can give you more flexibility and earning potential. In fact, some Wyzant tutors turn it into a full-time job and earn over $50,000 a year.</p> <p>Wyzant caters to a broad range of customers, from high school students who need help preparing for the SATs to college students who need to be coached in physics or engineering. You can set your own hours and take on as many or as few clients as you like. While you can tutor online with Wyzant, you can also offer in-person sessions for an additional fee for local customers.</p> <p>To become a Wyzant tutor, you must complete a profile and take a subject proficiency exam in your desired area of study. You can only tutor in subjects if you pass the exam.</p> <h3>Bottom line</h3> <p>Working as an online tutor can be a lucrative side gig that accommodates the other demands on your schedule. You can make extra money using just a few spare hours to accelerate debt repayment or build up your savings.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kat-tretina">Kat Tretina</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-earn-1000-a-month-or-more-as-an-online-tutor">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-during-a-semester-abroad">7 Ways to Make Money During a Semester Abroad</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-freshman-shopping-tips-to-cut-college-costs">9 Freshman Shopping Tips to Cut College Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-paid-to-learn">6 Ways to Get Paid to Learn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-college-expenses-you-arent-saving-for">9 College Expenses You Aren&#039;t Saving For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-every-college-student-should-try">8 Money-Saving Hacks Every College Student Should Try</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Extra Income classes college students kids online jobs side gigs students teaching tutors Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:12 +0000 Kat Tretina 1965739 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Sure You Get Paid and 4 Other Great Tips From Famous Commencement Speakers http://www.wisebread.com/make-sure-you-get-paid-and-4-other-great-tips-from-famous-commencement-speakers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-sure-you-get-paid-and-4-other-great-tips-from-famous-commencement-speakers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_on_her_graduation_day.jpg" alt="Woman on her graduation day" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Graduation season brings with it a slew of commencement speeches, all of which tend to repeat the same old cliches about bright futures, following one's dreams, and how graduation marks a beginning rather than an end. While great commencement speakers find ways to package these old chestnuts in humorous speeches and elegant words, most of these addresses do not offer graduates any actionable advice.</p> <p>However, some graduation speakers do have excellent words of wisdom to offer new grads. In particular, the following five famous people offered some important money and career tips that graduates (and anyone else watching their speeches) can take to heart.</p> <h2>Lesson #1: Get paid!</h2> <h3>Maria Bamford, University of Minnesota 2017</h3> <p>This spring, comedian <a href="https://vimeo.com/217651951" target="_blank">Maria Bamford</a> gave one of the most unusual &mdash; and helpful &mdash; commencement addresses of all time at her alma mater, the University of Minnesota. Bamford used her speech as an opportunity to detail the negotiation process she went through to receive a $10,000 paycheck from the school in exchange for her speech.</p> <p>The University had originally offered her nothing for the gig, which made her wonder if the school was lowballing her. &quot;Was the University of Minnesota suggesting that I couldn't get paid for the exact job that I paid them to teach me how to do?&quot; she asked the laughing crowd.</p> <p>Bamford went on to say that she requested $20,000 before being offered the $10,000 she ultimately accepted. Her business adviser (an aluminum salesman and the father of a friend) wanted her to ask to split the difference at $15,000, but since Bamford is &quot;still from Duluth, and still ashamed,&quot; she accepted the $10,000 &mdash; which only netted her $5,000 after taxes and commissions were removed.</p> <p>This lesson about the importance of getting paid what you are worth became even more concrete for one member of the graduating class. Bamford ended her address by asking graduates who owed money to Sallie Mae to raise their hands, and then asking if there were specifically any theater majors who owed money to Sallie Mae. One theater major in the front row was invited on stage, where Bamford handed over the $5,000 speaking fee check, already made out to Sallie Mae. She told the graduate that it would have been a larger amount, if Bamford had been a better negotiator.</p> <p>Doubtless, every graduate in the audience came away from that speech with a much better sense of the importance of asking for what they are worth.</p> <h2>Lesson #2: If you worship money, then you will never have enough</h2> <h3>David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College 2005</h3> <p>The writer <a href="https://youtu.be/8CrOL-ydFMI" target="_blank">David Foster Wallace</a> gave this speech over a decade ago, and it has shown up on lists of best commencement addresses ever since. The overall message of the speech, which is entitled <em>This Is Water</em>, is about being aware of the world around you and the ways in which your thoughts shape your reality. However, in one portion of his address, Wallace talks about how we all worship something, and he cautions against worshipping the wrong thing, including money:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship &hellip; is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth.&quot;</p> <p>As he acknowledges in the speech itself, Wallace's message is as old as human storytelling. But the language and stories he uses to get his listeners to understand the power we give to the things we worship can help you to reframe the way you think about money and other worldly things.</p> <h2>Lesson #3: If everyone had a safety net, we would all benefit</h2> <h3>Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard University 2017</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/25/mark-zuckerberg-calls-for-universal-basic-income-at-harvard-speech.html" target="_blank">Mark Zuckerberg</a>, the founder of Facebook, famously dropped out of Harvard before attaining his degree, leading to his joke that his commencement speech there was the first thing he finished at the university. But his ability to drop out of Harvard and create the juggernaut that is Facebook is partially due to luck &mdash; he knew that he had a stable family who could support him. He told the graduates:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;I know a lot of entrepreneurs, and I don't know a single person who gave up on starting a business because they might not make enough money. But I know lots of people who haven't pursued dreams because they didn't have a cushion to fall back on if they failed.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;We all know we don't succeed just by having a good idea or working hard,&quot; he went on to add. &quot;We succeed by being lucky, too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn't know I'd be fine if Facebook didn't work out, I wouldn't be standing here today.&quot;</p> <p>Zuckerberg goes on to make the somewhat radical suggestion that people like him should pay for a universal basic income in order to make it possible for proto-entrepreneurs to try and fail without fear of losing everything. This idea may sound strange, but it could allow for huge innovations that could change the world.</p> <h2>Lesson #4: Be brave and just go for it</h2> <h3>Reshma Saujani, Harvard Graduate School of Education 2017</h3> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt--_V1Y6tU" target="_blank">Reshma Saujani</a> is the founder of Girls Who Code, an organization that works to teach girls computer programming in an effort to increase the number of women working in computer science. Saujani gave a commencement speech the day before Mark Zuckerberg, and she pointed out that more of the world's current revolutionaries look like him, rather than her:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;I don't mean any shade to Zuckerberg &hellip; But America is a big, beautiful, diverse country &hellip; [yet white men have] occupied a platform that the rest of us haven't had access to.&quot;</p> <p>Saujani goes on to state that our society trains boys to be brave, and girls to be perfect, which means girls are kicking butt and taking names in the classroom, but less likely to be revolutionaries in the real world. So we need more women to focus on being brave rather than being perfect.</p> <p>This is excellent advice for anyone who fears failure, no matter their gender or skin color. Saujani has reminded graduates that waiting for the perfect moment or trying to be perfect is the enemy of innovation. Just going for it, like Zuckerberg did and many white guys have done before him, is something that all people should embrace.</p> <h2>Lesson #5: Prepare for failure when you take risks</h2> <h3>Atul Gawande, Williams College 2012</h3> <p>Writer and surgeon <a href="https://commencement.williams.edu/atul-gawande-commencement-speaker/" target="_blank">Atul Gawande</a> took on the common-but-meaningless graduation cliché about embracing risks in his 2014 commencement address to Williams College. While it is all well and good to recognize that risks are necessary to reach your goals, it can be difficult to know how to mitigate the damage if the risk doesn't turn out in your favor.</p> <p>To help grads understand what we can do to protect ourselves from risk, Gawande explained how surgeons are able to protect their patients from unanticipated complications on the operating table:</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">&quot;Scientists have given a new name to the deaths that occur in surgery after something goes wrong &mdash; whether it is an infection or some bizarre twist of the stomach. They call them a 'Failure to Rescue.' More than anything, this is what distinguished the great from the mediocre. They didn't fail less. They rescued more.&quot;</p> <p>Gawande went on to explain that there are three pitfalls to avoid when things go wrong: the wrong plan, an inadequate plan, and no plan at all. The secret to taking risks without losing your shirt (or your patient) is to make sure you recognize that failure is a possibility, and be prepared for it. Otherwise, you fail to rescue yourself, which compounds the failure.</p> <p>Ultimately, recognizing the possibility of failure and preparing for it will make it less likely that you will fail.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-sure-you-get-paid-and-4-other-great-tips-from-famous-commencement-speakers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management">The New Grad&#039;s Guide to Debt Management</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-unexpected-first-jobs-of-the-wealthy-and-famous">9 Unexpected First Jobs of the Wealthy and Famous</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-inspiring-quotes-about-money-from-successful-women">6 Inspiring Quotes About Money From Successful Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-money-lessons-we-could-all-learn-from-dwayne-the-rock-johnson">6 Money Lessons We Could All Learn From Dwayne &quot;The Rock&quot; Johnson</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-financial-basics-every-new-grad-should-know">The Financial Basics Every New Grad Should Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career Building Education & Training advice celebrities college grads commencement speeches famous people new graduates Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1965248 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Valuable Rights You Might Lose When You Refinance Student Loans http://www.wisebread.com/8-valuable-rights-you-might-lose-when-you-refinance-student-loans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-valuable-rights-you-might-lose-when-you-refinance-student-loans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/house_on_money_stack.jpg" alt="House on money stack" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Fannie Mae, the nation's largest buyer and guarantor of mortgage loans, made news recently when it announced it would sweeten the deal for folks who want to refinance their mortgage to pay off student loan debt. Fannie Mae works with 1,800 lenders nationwide, so their rule change affects many homeowners. At the same time, newer financial companies that target millennials have been pushing student loan refinances as a way to save money and simplify life.</p> <p>Fannie Mae's change will make it more affordable for graduates &mdash; or parents &mdash; to use home equity to pay off student loans by waiving the usual extra charge for taking out cash when you refinance a home. With mortgage interest rates still at historic lows, this could indeed be an opportunity for young adults with high-rate student loans to reduce their monthly payments. But proceed with caution.</p> <p>If you have a private student loan, you probably have nothing to lose by converting it into a mortgage, personal loan, or other consolidation loan. But if you have a federal loan, you should be more cautious about making changes. You may not realize you'd be losing these protections and options when you give up your federal student loan.</p> <h2>1. Deferment</h2> <p>If you lose your job or are unable to find a job after graduation, you may qualify for a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans" target="_blank">deferment</a>, which halts your loan payments until you're in a better position to pay. With certain federal loans, the government will even pay the interest during deferment.</p> <h2>2. Forbearance</h2> <p>Similar to deferment, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-student-loan-forbearance-anyway" target="_blank">forbearance</a> stops your payment obligation during a period of hardship. But unlike deferment, interest continues to accumulate.</p> <h2>3. Income-driven repayment plans</h2> <p>The government has rolled out a whole range of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/which-student-loan-repayment-plan-saves-you-the-most" target="_blank">flexible payment options</a> in recent years to help federal loan borrowers handle payments. These plans cap your monthly payment at a certain percentage of income (10 percent for the program known as Pay As You Earn and 15 percent for the Income-Contingent Repayment Plan). Another benefit of income-driven repayment plans that you would lose if you refinance: an end date. With PAYE, any balance you still owe after 20 years is forgiven; with ICE, loans are forgiven after 25 years. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-definitive-guide-to-pay-as-you-earn-a-great-student-loan-repayment-plan?ref=seealso" target="_blank">The Definitive Guide to Pay As You Earn</a>)</p> <h2>4. A second chance if you default</h2> <p>The Federal Loan Rehabilitation Program is a one-time opportunity to get a default removed from your credit report by making a series of on-time payments. This can save you from wrecking your credit and being unable to buy a home later.</p> <h2>5. A central source for tracking loans</h2> <p>If all your student loans are federal, you'll be able to check up on all of them online through the National Student Loan Data System. If you refinance some but not all of your loans, you may end up having to keep track of them using multiple resources.</p> <h2>6. An unsecured loan</h2> <p>If you default on your student loan, you can lose your good credit, but not much else. If you default on your mortgage, you can lose your house. Let that reality sink in before you jump to refinance a home loan to pay off student loan debt.</p> <h2>7. A fixed interest rate</h2> <p>Of course, you could use a fixed-interest mortgage or a fixed-rate personal loan to pay off your federal student loan. But make sure that's what you're getting. If you use a variable rate loan to consolidate your debt, you could get hit with a big payment increase when rates inevitably go up. Federal loans, on the other hand, are guaranteed to be fixed rate.</p> <h2>8. Prepayment penalties</h2> <p>Federal loans don't charge a fee if you pay more than you owe on any given month, but some private lenders do &mdash; check on that before you commit to a refinance.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-valuable-rights-you-might-lose-when-you-refinance-student-loans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/its-now-easier-to-get-a-home-loan-even-if-you-have-student-loan-debt-should-you">It&#039;s Now Easier to Get a Home Loan Even If You Have Student Loan Debt — Should You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-student-loan-debt-can-affect-your-mortgage-application">3 Ways Student Loan Debt Can Affect Your Mortgage Application</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans">4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-student-loan-forbearance-anyway">What Is Student Loan Forbearance, Anyway?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-student-loan-grace-period">4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Student Loan Grace Period</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Education & Training Real Estate and Housing debt default deferment fannie mae federal loans forbearance interest rates mortgages refinancing repayment plans student loans Thu, 15 Jun 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Carrie Kirby 1963763 at http://www.wisebread.com The New Grad's Guide to Debt Management http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/graduating_student_worrying_about_career_path_and_financial_future.jpg" alt="Graduating Student Worrying About Career Path and Financial Future" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>According to Student Loan Hero, the average 2016 graduate left college with $37,172 in student loan debt. The class of 2017 will graduate owing roughly the same amount, if not more.</p> <p>For many young adults, a student loan is the only option for obtaining a degree. The problem, however, is that it takes years to pay off these balances. Some graduates also have difficulty juggling student debt with their other expenses.</p> <p>Luckily, student loan debt doesn't have to cripple a new grad's finances. Here are a few strategies to help graduates manage their debt and stay on track.</p> <h2>1. Get organized and prepared for that first bill</h2> <p>Student loan repayment typically begins six to nine months after graduating college. You'll likely receive information regarding your first payment in advance. If you haven't received this information yet, it doesn't hurt to contact your student loan lender to ask about your due date and minimum payment. Having this information early helps you prepare your budget ahead of time.</p> <p>To stay organized and avoid late payments, set up automatic reminders a few days before your student loan payments are due. If you have multiple lenders, look into consolidating all your loans into a single loan. This way, you don't have to juggle multiple payments and due dates. If consolidation isn't an option, contact your lenders to see if you're allowed to change your due dates. It might be easier to manage student debt when due dates are within a few days of each other. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-s-the-difference-between-student-loan-refinancing-and-consolidation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">What's the Difference Between Student Loan Refinancing and Consolidation?</a>)</p> <h2>2. Sign up for autopay to stay on schedule</h2> <p>Signing up for autopay is one way to avoid missing a due date on your student loans, which can trigger a late fee or a negative mark on your credit report. With autopay, your student loan lender automatically drafts monthly payments from your checking or savings account on a specific day of the month. As a bonus, your lender may reduce your interest rate when you agree to automated payments. This results in paying less interest over the life of the loan.</p> <p>Of course, the key to making this a successful solution is ensuring that there's always enough money in your checking account to cover the deductions &mdash; something you'll really need to stay on top of.</p> <h2>3. Request forbearance if you need more time</h2> <p>If you're scheduled to begin repaying your student loan, but you don't have enough income, don't ignore the bills. Student loan lenders &mdash; especially federal lenders &mdash; are flexible and offer assistance to students requiring financial help.</p> <p>One provision is forbearance, which allows you to temporarily suspend student loan payments for a certain number of months. For example, request a one-month forbearance if you have a temporary hardship, or request a one-year forbearance if you experience longer financial troubles. Keep in mind that interest continues to accrue with forbearance, which can put you deeper in the hole. Only use this option as a last resort.</p> <p>Deferment, on the other hand, is an income-based hardship provision. This option works the same as forbearance in that it suspends monthly payments without penalty. With a deferment, however, the federal government pays the interest that accrues during this period. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans</a>)</p> <h2>4. Deduct student loan interest</h2> <p>Student loan interest is a deductible expense, so remember to include this item when filing your income taxes. This is critical in cutting your tax liability, especially when you're already on a tight budget. Since it's an &quot;above-the-line deduction,&quot; you don't have to itemize your tax return to take advantage of this write-off. You're allowed to write off up to $2,500 of student loan interest paid annually. This will reduce how much you owe in federal and state taxes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-student-loans-impact-your-taxes?Ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways Student Loans Impact Your Taxes</a>)</p> <h2>5. Hold off on other types of financing</h2> <p>After finishing college, you're likely ready to get your &quot;adult&quot; life started. This might include buying a new car and furnishing an apartment. But since you're fresh out of school with student loan debt, try to hold off on other types of financing &mdash; at least for now.</p> <p>The more debt you acquire, the harder it might be to juggle student loan and other credit payments. If you can avoid a car loan and unnecessary credit card debt, the money you would have spent on these expenses can go toward paying down student loan debt.</p> <h2>6. Live at home</h2> <p>The financial decisions you make as a young adult can affect your life later on. Although your friends might move into their own apartments, buy new cars, and spend most of their money on fun stuff, consider the benefits of living at home after graduation. By doing so, there's an opportunity to put a major dent in your debt. I did it for two years immediately following college, and I wasn't even a little bit embarrassed about it; I've paid off two student loans as a result.</p> <p>Whether you have credit card debt or student loan debt, minimizing your expenses now and prioritizing debt elimination sets the foundation for a strong financial future. Not only should you pay off debt, you should use this time to build a solid emergency fund. It'll be easier to save money and get ahead financially when you commit to living as cheaply as possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-surprising-ways-to-pay-off-your-student-loans?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Surprising Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loans</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%2520New%2520Grad%2527s%2520Guide%2520to%2520Debt%2520Management_0.jpg&amp;description=The%20New%20Grad's%20Guide%20to%20Debt%20Management"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20New%20Grad%27s%20Guide%20to%20Debt%20Management_0.jpg" alt="The New Grad's Guide to Debt Management" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans">4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-student-loans-impact-your-taxes">4 Ways Student Loans Impact Your Taxes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-student-loan-forbearance-anyway">What Is Student Loan Forbearance, Anyway?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-times-student-loan-refinancing-can-save-you-big">4 Times Student Loan Refinancing Can Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/student-loan-debt-in-collections-try-these-5-steps">Student Loan Debt in Collections? Try These 5 Steps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Debt Management Education & Training college grads deductions forbearance interest new graduates student loans taxes Wed, 14 Jun 2017 08:31:16 +0000 Mikey Rox 1963760 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways for College Students to Save Loads of Money http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-for-college-students-to-save-loads-of-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-for-college-students-to-save-loads-of-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-609683672.jpg" alt="College student learning how to save loads of money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Between big expenses like tuition and housing, and smaller everyday expenses such as school supplies and coffee, the costs of being a student can rack up fast. According to the College Board, tuition, fees, and room and board at a public four-year in-state school cost an average of $20,000 a year.</p> <p>But there are a lot of ways for students to save money. Here are 10 ways to tackle expenses of every size. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-easy-ways-to-avoid-student-loan-debt?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Easy Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt</a>)</p> <h2>Big savings</h2> <p>Tuition and housing make up the bulk of student spending, so finding ways to reduce those costs can pay off big.</p> <h3>1. Look at off-campus housing for lower rent</h3> <p>While living on campus can be a fun college experience, university housing often comes with a big price tag. Room and board at my private university cost approximately $10,000 a year &mdash; that's about $1,250 for the eight months school is in session.</p> <p>You may be able to find more competitive rents off campus. Check websites for apartment listings in your college town.</p> <p>Also talk with your university's housing department about opportunities for <em>free </em>housing that may be offered if you provide advising services to younger, first-year students. This could result in huge savings and be an interesting college experience.</p> <h3>2. Apply for scholarships to save money on tuition</h3> <p>Tuition is often the most expensive part of going to school, with some private institutions in the United States charging as much as $33,000 &mdash; and that doesn't include room and board. While federal financial aid can help, it's often not enough.</p> <p>There are a plethora of scholarships available, both locally and nationally, that you can apply for. The best part is, unlike federal student loans, scholarships don't have to be repaid. To find them, check with your university's financial aid office, your high school guidance counselor, your parents' employers, and organizations related to your field of study. Also try using the U.S. Department of Labor's <a href="http://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx" target="_blank">free scholarship search tool</a>.</p> <h2>Medium savings</h2> <p>Textbooks, entertainment, and transportation all add significant costs to your overall college bill. Try trimming or offsetting these expenses with these suggestions.</p> <h3>3. Save on textbooks</h3> <p>Textbooks can have a very high price tag. When I was a student, I remember books costing up to $100, and sometimes even more for specialized course booklets that included all of the semester's reading assignments. With multiple classes and most classes assigning at least five books per semester, it was easy to spend at least $500 on books alone in a semester, or $1,000 per academic year.</p> <p>Buying used textbooks is one way to save. In my experience, they cost about half the price of new books. You can buy books directly from students who have already taken the course or check online retailers like Amazon for deals on used books.</p> <p>Another option is to rent your textbooks, which means that you will pay a smaller amount upfront to the bookstore, but that the book won't be yours to keep at the end of the semester. <a href="https://www.chegg.com/etextbooks" target="_blank">Chegg</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/2rqTvcz" target="_blank">Amazon</a> both offer rentals, and both claim you can save up to 90 percent by renting.</p> <p>Alternatively, you can cut out the cost of books entirely by checking them out for free at your college library. Supplies are limited, so you may have to wait to get the book you need, but you can't beat the price. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-to-buy-or-rent-textbooks?ref=seealso" target="_blank">20 Places to Buy or Rent Textbooks</a>)</p> <h3>4. Sell back your textbooks at the end of the semester</h3> <p>Chances are, you can get some of your textbook investment back by selling your books when you're done using them. You can likely make back a couple hundred dollars at the end of the semester. One easy option is to use Amazon, which has a streamlined process for <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Sell-Books/b?node=2205237011" target="_blank">buying back books</a> for up to 80 percent of what you originally paid. Amazon will then sell the book used. You can also check with your university bookstore, as it may have a program in place to buy back books.</p> <p>A third option is to sell the book yourself. By cutting out the middleman, you'll get to pocket more money from the sale. You can ask around, or post notices on bulletin boards or online to find other students who are going to take the same class. If the book is required reading, chances are you will be able to find a buyer fairly easily with just a little bit of extra work.</p> <h3>5. Participate in studies to earn cash</h3> <p>If you don't have the time to commit to a full-time job, there are plenty of ways to earn on campus without the commitment. Check in with different departments about research studies that they may be running.</p> <p>These opportunities can range from writing tests to filling out questionnaires. Once, I was paid $100 an hour to have scans taken in an MRI machine.</p> <h3>6. Take advantage of free facilities</h3> <p>Familiarize yourself with everything your college or university offers on campus. You can save $50 and up a month on an expensive gym membership, for example, if you have access to this type of amenity for free as a part of your tuition. Some schools also offer free tutoring, software, legal services, and psychological counseling. All of these can save you money.</p> <h3>7. Reduce transportation costs</h3> <p>If you live off campus, consider ditching your car for an economic bicycle that will get you to class for free, saving you on the cost of gas, maintenance, and parking. Public transportation may be another way to get where you need to go without paying car and parking expenses. When you go home at the end of the semester, check with friends and on-campus forums to find out if you can find a ride with someone and split the gas costs.</p> <h2>Small Savings</h2> <p>Even small savings can add up. Check out these ways to pare your everyday expenses.</p> <h3>8. Save on coffee</h3> <p>Some college students have a costly coffee dependency, and at a cafe you can expect to spend as much as $3 to $4 on a coffee. If you are buying coffee once or twice a day, in a month you could be spending over $150!</p> <p>While a coffee maker might cost you a little bit up front, if you are a big coffee drinker it will pay for itself within the first month. Plus, with Italian coffee makers (around $30, depending on which size pot you choose), you can get stronger coffee and a better buzz for late night studying or just getting to your 5 o'clock class.</p> <p>The <a href="http://amzn.to/2pWBu3E" target="_blank">Handpresso</a> is a handheld espresso machine that is as convenient as it is cheap. Simply pump, add boiling water, a coffee pod or loose espresso grounds, and press a button for delicious coffee. Based on my experience buying ground coffee and milk in the grocery store, an Americano with milk only costs around 30 cents per coffee using this machine.</p> <p>If you make two 30-cent coffees per day, rather than buying two at $3 a cup, by the end of the year you could save nearly $2,000 in coffee expenses!</p> <h3>9. Find free events and entertainment</h3> <p>Check if your university offers free lectures, movie screenings, concerts, or other arts events instead of paying big bucks to go to ticketed events. You'll be surprised how much you can do for free with just a student ID. Signing up for a newsletter will help you to stay on top of the cool speakers that the university is hosting.</p> <p>Also use your college library, not just for studying but for entertainment options. Take advantage of newspapers, magazines, and movies that the library offers you to check-out, all completely free. By opting for this type of entertainment and reading materials, you can save a lot of money. With the average movie ticket costing around $9, if you instead go to two free movies per month or watch DVDs from the library, you'll save over $200 by the end of the year.</p> <h3>10. Stay in style for less</h3> <p>Trends move fast, and buying new clothes all the time can add up to significant costs for students. You don't have to completely forget about fashion for four years to stick to a tight budget. Check out thrift stores for fashions at a tiny fraction of the cost of new clothing. Also, find out about consigning the items you no longer want at the end of the semester.</p> <h2>Doing the math</h2> <p>Each item on this list may not seem like a lot &mdash; a coffee here, a movie ticket there &mdash; but when you add it all up over the course of the year, it can mean big savings for students. It's worth the effort to examine which of these costs you could cut, and then start realizing those savings.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-for-college-students-to-save-loads-of-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-things-financial-aid-might-not-cover">6 Things Financial Aid Might Not Cover</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-cut-costs-right-before-you-retire-0">6 Ways You Can Cut Costs Right Before You Retire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-saving-too-much-money-for-a-college-fund-is-a-bad-idea">Why Saving Too Much Money for a College Fund Is a Bad Idea</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-questions-to-ask-before-taking-out-student-loans">6 Questions to Ask Before Taking Out Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-save-up-a-big-travel-budget">The Easy Way to Save Up a Big Travel Budget</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Education & Training coffee college students cutting costs entertainment room and board saving money scholarships textbooks transportation tuition Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:12 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1949206 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Things Employers Care About More Than Your Degree http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-employers-care-about-more-than-your-degree <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-things-employers-care-about-more-than-your-degree" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-587892248.jpg" alt="Woman learning things employers care about more than a degree" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A college education is a wonderful asset. You get a foundation on which you can build a great career, life experiences, and friendships that can last a lifetime. However, a degree is not the be-all and end-all of what makes you an ideal job candidate. Employers are looking for other key factors that separate you from the crowd.</p> <h2>1. Hands-on experience</h2> <p>There is a world of difference between college experience and real world experience. As it was so profoundly put in <em>The Secret of my Success</em>, it comes down to this: &quot;What you've got is college experience, not the practical, hard-nosed business experience we're looking for.&quot;</p> <p>Education is great, but it doesn't compare to being in the trenches, and employers know that. If you've got years of experience under your belt, it can often take the place of a degree or other form of education. And, it means you have references from people in the industry. This is by far the best way to separate yourself from the competition.</p> <h2>2. Ability to solve problems</h2> <p>It doesn't matter whether you have an office job, work in a garage, or are out in the fields every day. Whatever your chosen career, you are going to encounter problems; it's a daily part of every job. How you handle those situations will hold you in good stead, and problem solvers are highly prized.</p> <p>Do you think laterally? Can you condense the problem into key issues that should be addressed? Do you take charge when faced with a challenge? If you can hold your head up high and demonstrate your ability to solve problems quickly and effectively, your future employer will find you very hirable.</p> <h2>3. Communication skills</h2> <p>Directly related to problem solving, how well you communicate can be just as important as what you're communicating. It's no good having a great solution to a problem if you're afraid to speak up, or find yourself unable to distill your thoughts into actionable directions. Someone who can communicate well, and in a way that motivates and produces results, is a great asset to any employer.</p> <h2>4. Collaboration skills</h2> <p>Loners tend not to do well in most jobs. Sure, there are a few exceptions here or there, but for the most part, you must be able to work well as part of a team. In fact, one of the keywords you'll see most frequently listed in job postings is &quot;team player.&quot; Employers want candidates who can quickly and easily become part of a team, even if individuals in the group have clear differences. A candidate that can put aside those differences to produce a great team effort is worth their weight in gold.</p> <h2>5. Work-related achievements</h2> <p>Think about what achievements you can use as a plus during your application and hiring process. Have you written a successful blog or book about the industry? Are you a guest speaker at industry-related events? Have you appeared on television or radio? Have you won any industry awards?</p> <p>Any and all of these things can go a long way to getting you hired, and are often far more valuable than a degree. It shows that you know your stuff and know it well. Don't be afraid to list your achievements, even if they're not directly related to the job. They still count, and they have cachet.</p> <h2>6. Volunteer work</h2> <p>Charitable endeavors can do a lot to highlight the kind of person you are, and employers love seeing this on a resume. First and foremost, it's a sacrifice of personal time to do something for the greater good, and that says a lot about your character. The kinds of charities you work for can also sway the employer even more.</p> <p>For example, while volunteering at an animal shelter is great, helping people in need, like military veterans, will hold a little more value. How long you have been volunteering is also important. If you have been at it for 10 years, despite a poor economy and changing jobs a few times, it shows real dedication. And of course, you will get excellent references from anywhere you volunteer for, which leads to the final point.</p> <h2>7. Awesome references</h2> <p>The old saying &quot;It's not what you know, it's who you know&quot; is directly applicable to your career. In fact, many people climb the corporate ladder with great speed due to knowing the right people, regardless of skills or accomplishments.</p> <p>For example, let's say you're in the film industry, and you have no formal education in video production, editing, sound, or any of the other required skills. The employer will obviously overlook all of that if you have a reference from Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, or Martin Scorsese. This is, of course, an extreme example. But if you have references from well-respected professionals in the industry, you're golden.</p> <p>When it comes to getting a job, you need to use every advantage you have; especially if you do not have the &quot;right&quot; kind of education for the position. But if you're smart and inventive, you can still get the job without the diploma. Good luck.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-employers-care-about-more-than-your-degree">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-skills-todays-employers-value-most">7 Skills Today&#039;s Employers Value Most</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-at-the-end-of-a-job-interview">15 Questions You Should Always Ask at the End of a Job Interview</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-job-myths-boomers-should-stop-believing">6 Job Myths Boomers Should Stop Believing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-17-companies-will-help-you-repay-your-student-loan">These 17 Companies Will Help You Repay Your Student Loan</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-unique-ways-millennials-are-dealing-with-student-loan-debt">7 Unique Ways Millennials Are Dealing With Student Loan Debt</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Job Hunting accomplishments college education employers experience getting hired no diploma skills volunteering Fri, 12 May 2017 08:30:07 +0000 Paul Michael 1943629 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Things You Need to Know About Deferring Student Loans http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-528499384.jpg" alt="Man learning about deferring student loans" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Finding a way to pause your student loan payment can be a lifesaver when your financial life goes sideways. And trust me, this can happen to anyone at any time.</p> <p>For me, the financial roller coaster ride started in June 2010. I was expecting our first child when my husband accepted a job in another state. I'd had to quit my teaching job when we moved, and I knew I was not going to be bringing in a paycheck for at least a year.</p> <p>On top of this reduction in income, we bought a house in our new city, but it took nearly a year to sell our old house. We were stuck paying two mortgages for 11 months.</p> <p>Between the two of us, my husband and I also had about $35,000 in outstanding federal student loan debt. To help get a better handle on our monthly budget, we decided to explore the option of deferment until our financial situation became more stable.</p> <h2>What is deferment?</h2> <p>Deferment allows you to pause the monthly payments on your federal student loans for a set period of time. For subsidized loans (these include Federal Perkins loans, Direct Subsidized loans, and Subsidized Federal Stafford loans), interest will not accrue on your loans while they are deferred. Unsubsidized loans, on the other hand, do accrue interest during the deferment period. If you have an unsubsidized loan that you plan to defer, you are allowed to pay the interest to keep it from being capitalized and added to your principal, but it is not a requirement for your deferment.</p> <p>Deferment can make a huge difference in your bottom line, but it is not necessarily a cure-all to your financial problems. Here is what you need to know about deferring your student loans.</p> <h2>1. You might not be eligible for deferment</h2> <p>When we applied for a deferment of our student loan payments, our first big surprise was the discovery that we were not eligible. Borrowers are eligible for, and have the right to take, deferment in the following circumstances:</p> <ul> <li>During at least half-time enrollment in postsecondary school;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During full-time enrollment in an approved graduate program;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During enrollment in an approved rehabilitation training program if you are disabled;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During a period of unemployment (limited to three years);<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During active duty with the military, or within 13 months of when your active duty occurred;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During periods of economic hardship, as defined by federal regulations (also limited to three years).</li> </ul> <p>My husband and I had assumed that going from two family members to three, from two paychecks to one, and from one mortgage to two, was sufficient enough to meet the economic hardship requirements. But federal regulations only allow for <a href="http://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/self-help-EconomicHardshipDeferment.pdf" target="_blank">economic hardship deferment</a> if you are either on public assistance, or the salary from your full-time employment is no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline for your family size and state. His salary was too high to qualify.</p> <p>Instead of deferment, we had to apply for a discretionary forbearance, which is the option available to borrowers who aren't eligible for a deferment.</p> <h3>What's the difference between deferment and forbearance?</h3> <p>The biggest difference between the two processes is that interest will accrue on your loans if they go into forbearance, even if your loans are subsidized. This means that unless you pay the interest during the forbearance period, the accrued interest will be capitalized (added to your principal).</p> <p>In addition, deferments are granted in six-month increments, and you may keep applying for the next six-month increment of deferment as long as you qualify for it. Forbearance, on the other hand, is granted in 12-month increments, and you may only apply for it three times over the life of your loan.</p> <p>In some situations, forbearance is mandatory, which means your loan servicer must offer forbearance to you. You can receive mandatory forbearance in any of the following situations:</p> <ul> <li>During a medical or dental internship or residency program;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During economic hardship wherein your total monthly student loan payment is 20 percent or more of your total monthly gross income;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>During service in a national service program, such as AmeriCorps;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are a teacher who is eligible for teacher loan forgiveness;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You meet the eligibility requirements for the U.S. Department of Defense Student Loan Repayment Program;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are a National Guard member who has been activated by a governor, but who is not eligible for a military deferment.</li> </ul> <p>For student loan borrowers who do not meet any of the eligibility requirements for a mandatory forbearance, the only other option is applying for a discretionary forbearance. As the name implies, these are granted to borrowers at their lender's discretion, and generally borrowers apply for them because of financial hardship or illness.</p> <p>In 2010, my husband and I were granted a discretionary financial hardship forbearance. My unemployment was nominally my choice &mdash; although I was actually unemployed because of my baby's insistence on a Virgo birthday that coincided with the beginning of the school year. If I had been unable to find full-time work, that would have potentially made us eligible for a deferment, rather than a discretionary forbearance.</p> <h2>2. Accrued interest can pack a mean punch</h2> <p>Unless you are lucky enough to be eligible to defer a subsidized loan, you are likely going to deal with accrued interest. The problem with accrued interest is that it's like the inverse of compound interest: The interest that you accrue on your student loan is capitalized, which generates even more interest.</p> <p>For instance, between the two of us, my husband and I paid about 4.5 percent interest on our outstanding $35,000 student loan debt. By putting our loans into forbearance and not paying the accrued interest, we added over $1,600 to the $35,000 principal over 12 months.</p> <p>Not only does capitalized interest increase the total amount you owe, but it can also potentially increase either your monthly payment or your repayment term.</p> <h2>3. Be prepared for paperwork</h2> <p>Neither deferment nor forbearance is an automatic process, even when they are &quot;mandatory.&quot; You will always have to apply for either deferment or forbearance.</p> <p>If you are applying for deferment, you will need to submit a request to your loan servicer. For deferments while you are enrolled in school at least half-time, you will need to contact your school's financial aid office as well as your loan servicer. This process is relatively simple, but you will need to go through it every six months to maintain your deferment.</p> <p>For forbearance requests, the paperwork can be a little more onerous. Like deferment, you will need to submit your request to your loan servicer. In some cases, you will need to submit documentation to support your request, especially if you are requesting a discretionary forbearance. For instance, my husband and I were required to prove we were paying two mortgages at once to be granted our forbearance.</p> <h2>4. You must continue paying until your request is granted</h2> <p>After you have made your request for deferment or forbearance, you are required to continue making your monthly payments until your lender informs you that the request has been granted. Generally, this process takes about 10 business days, but it can take as many as 30.</p> <p>Not making payments during this time can be serious. If you skip a month after submitting your request, and your request is denied, then your lender will consider you delinquent and you risk defaulting.</p> <p>Both the paperwork and the necessity of continuing payments means that deferment and forbearance are options you have to plan ahead for. If you have a sudden financial downturn with no emergency fund, then you might be scrambling to request a deferment or forbearance, which may not be immediately granted.</p> <h2>Postponing your student loan payments doesn't erase them</h2> <p>Anyone can fall into an untenable financial situation. Your student loan servicer wants to work with you to help you stay afloat, but deferment and forbearance are not instantaneous processes nor are they a given. Putting your student loan payments on hold can help you get back on your feet financially, but you need to be prepared to handle the costs and be ready to get back to paying off your loans as soon as you can.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-things-you-need-to-know-about-deferring-student-loans">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-student-loan-forbearance-anyway">What Is Student Loan Forbearance, Anyway?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-valuable-rights-you-might-lose-when-you-refinance-student-loans">8 Valuable Rights You Might Lose When You Refinance Student Loans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-pay-off-your-student-debt-faster">5 Ways to Pay Off Your Student Debt Faster</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-new-grads-guide-to-debt-management">The New Grad&#039;s Guide to Debt Management</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/css-is-one-source-of-college-financial-aid-you-cant-afford-to-overlook">CSS Is One Source of College Financial Aid You Can&#039;t Afford to Overlook</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Education & Training capitalized deferment financial aid forbearance interest monthly payments student loans subsidized loans Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:30:13 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1932491 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways Students Can Travel Abroad for Less http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-497154266.jpg" alt="Students traveling abroad for less" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The years you spend in college are arguably the only time you'll drink quite so much coffee, live with all of your best friends, and learn so much in such a short, intense period. They're also unique for most people in that you're given the flexibility to spend time traveling during long breaks from class or during a year spent studying abroad.</p> <p>Unfortunately, it's not a time when you're likely to be earning a lot of income that you can throw toward travel. But there are several ways students can save money and travel for less.</p> <h2>1. Enjoy cheaper flights</h2> <p>Websites such as <a href="https://www.studentuniverse.com/" target="_blank">Student Universe</a> and <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11820477" target="_blank">STA Travel</a> offer special rates on flights for students and youth. Although booking through a third-party website always comes with caveats (changes and cancellations may be more difficult, for example, than if you book directly with the airline), it's worth checking these websites for deals.</p> <p>StudentUniverse specializes in discounted fares for students at degree-granting universities, though it does also offer some flights for anyone between the ages of 18 and 25. It has been around since 2000 and works with 75 airlines to negotiate cheaper rates, passing on the discounts to customers.</p> <p>STA offers discounted tickets for students, teachers, and anyone under 26, and has been in business since 1979. Student tickets are marked with a little blue circle with an &quot;S&quot; inside for &quot;student.&quot; Youth tickets are marked in green with a &quot;Y.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-students-should-make-during-a-gap-year?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Money Moves Students Should Make for a Gap Year</a>)</p> <h2>2. Always travel with your student ID</h2> <p>Be sure to bring along your student ID wherever you travel, since it can represent serious savings while you're away from home. You may already know that at some museums and historical sites, a student ID will get you reduced or even free admission. But some people are surprised to find that even movie theaters will sometimes also give a discounted price for showing a student ID.</p> <p>If you have some shopping to do before you leave, or you need to pick up some new items during your trip, Madewell offers a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases for students and teachers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-credit-cards-for-college-students?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Best Credit Cards for Students</a>)</p> <h2>3. Take advantage of other student cards</h2> <p>Beyond a student ID, there are other student discount cards that can help you to save money while traveling. The <a href="https://www.isic.org/" target="_blank">ISIC</a> (International Student Identity Card) costs $25, but may be worth it, since it gives you access to more than 150,000 discounts on concerts, accommodations, museums, and restaurants.</p> <p>The ISIC card has the added benefit of being an internationally recognized means of proving your status as a student, which is valuable in places where a foreign student ID may not be accepted. Plan to order your card at least four weeks before your departure so that it will have time to arrive in the mail. You may even find yourself using it for discounts while you're at home, too.</p> <h2>4. Incorporate travel with your studies</h2> <p>Travel can be a unique learning experience, so why not get credit for your time abroad? Some universities offer amazing opportunities to incorporate travel into your course of studies. Check with your department about what kinds of internships or summer experiences it may accept for credit.</p> <p>Another option is to find classes that include travel. For instance, at my university, there were certain (highly coveted) classes that delved deeply into Italian art history. At the end of the term, the class took a two-week trip to see the artwork that they had been learning about all semester.</p> <p>Depending on your university and the specific department, these trips may even receive funding from the university to defray the cost of the trip for students.</p> <h2>5. Leverage study-abroad programs</h2> <p>Studying abroad is another way to seamlessly incorporate extra traveling into your student life. Not only will you get to experience life in whatever country you choose, you'll also have the opportunity to travel to areas nearby. Having a home base abroad for a semester can be an excellent way to get to know a different region of the world and learn about a new culture and language. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/budgeting-for-study-abroad-what-youll-need-and-how-to-access-your-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Budgeting for Study Abroad</a>)</p> <p>I studied abroad in the south of France, and during that time, I was able to travel extensively throughout Europe, visiting Prague, London, Budapest, and Istanbul, to name just a few destinations. While these trips would have been extremely expensive from the United States, since I was already in France, I could take advantage of cheap airfare on discount airlines like RyanAir and EasyJet. Plus, travel time was often only a few hours, so I could see these new cities over a long weekend.</p> <p>I reduced the cost of these trips further by staying with friends or acquaintances who were studying abroad in other European cities. That not only saved me the price of a hotel, it also gave me more of an insider's perspective on these destinations. When I didn't have a friend living in the place I was visiting, I'd use <a href="https://www.couchsurfing.com/" target="_blank">Couchsurfing</a> to find locals who would host me for free. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-money-during-a-semester-abroad?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Make Money During a Semester Abroad</a>)</p> <h2>6. Apply for grants</h2> <p>It's worthwhile to spend some time researching what grants are available through your school. Some top universities have travel funds for undergraduates to use for internships, research projects, or other programs abroad. You can apply for a grant to cover some or all of the costs of your travel and housing while you're away.</p> <p>Some grants are offered directly through schools, but others are open to students across the country. Spend time preparing your proposal, since these grants can be competitive.</p> <h2>7. Travel offseason for better rates</h2> <p>Prices can vary a lot depending on whether you travel in peak season or not. Take advantage of the flexibility of being a student to book cheap flights at less popular times of the year. Being flexible with your travel dates can pay off, too. Use websites such as <a href="https://www.skyscanner.com/" target="_blank">Skyscanner</a> that allow you to filter your search by the cheapest date to fly. If you haven't decided on a destination yet, you can also search flexible departure and arrival airports. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-flight-search-site-savvy-travelers-use?ref=seealso" target="_blank">ITA Matrix Is the Best Kept Secret for Travelers</a>)</p> <p>When I was in college, I decided to take a semester off school to travel, and ended up being able to take advantage of an opportunity to travel to Chennai, India from Paris for just $200 &mdash; half the usual price. Once in India, I traveled for a month on only $200, so my cheap ticket was the equivalent of an extra month of travel.</p> <p>While you might think that traveling is outside of a meager student budget, hopefully this list will show you some of the unique advantages that students have for traveling cheaply.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520Students%2520Can%2520Travel%2520Abroad%2520for%2520Less.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20Students%20Can%20Travel%20Abroad%20for%20Less"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20Students%20Can%20Travel%20Abroad%20for%20Less.jpg" alt="7 Ways Students Can Travel Abroad for Less" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-gokee">Amanda Gokee</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-students-can-travel-abroad-for-less">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-timing-is-everything-when-saving-money-on-travel">Why Timing Is Everything When Saving Money on Travel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-costly-flight-booking-mistakes-you-make-all-the-time">8 Costly Flight Booking Mistakes You Make All the Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-free-or-almost-free-airline-tickets">10 Ways to Get Free (or Almost Free) Airline Tickets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-freshman-shopping-tips-to-cut-college-costs">9 Freshman Shopping Tips to Cut College Costs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-do-if-you-get-bumped-from-a-flight">What to Do If You Get Bumped From a Flight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Education & Training Travel Airfare discounts flights grants identity cards offseason students study abroad trips Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:15 +0000 Amanda Gokee 1925373 at http://www.wisebread.com