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Financial Tips for First Year College Students

Financial Tips for First Year College Students

With back to school season right around the bend, students all over the country are beginning to think about what the next few months will bring.

As a first year college student, you are in an exciting position. You are making the big leap from high school to college, which is sure to change your life in many ways.

It is common to face financial challenges along the way. After all, you are inching closer and closer to the real world.

If you are heading off to college for the first time, here are three financial tips to consider:

1. Make note of your many expenses. It is easy to believe that you have enough money for everything you need, but until you mark down all your expenses you will never know for sure.

From books and supplies to gas for your car, do you know how much money you need each month to stay afloat financially?

2. Set a budget. Once you know your expenses it is time to set a budget. This will allow you to get a good feel for whether or not you can continue down the same path. Many find that they need a job as a source of regular income.

3. Find a job. A part-time job could be the answer to most of your financial problems. As long as you can work this around your school schedule, it is an idea to consider. With a job, you will receive regular income. Subsequently, it is easier to plan and follow your budget. Who knows, you may even have extra money to save every month.

First year college students never really know what they are getting into until they arrive on campus. This definitely holds true from a financial perspective. These tips could help you avoid money related pitfalls that have doomed so many before you.

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Comments 1

Frank on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 17:05

This is great information Chris, and very very important for first year college students. This is one of the most important times in your life to really get organized on your personal finances. I would highly recommend a first year college student to check out this website, and many other personal finance blogs on how to really get started on setting a budget and organizing yourself. The hardest part is to get started.
If you need assistance, there are so many resources online as well as most colleges have personal finance assistance that can help you get started and to make sure you are organized.

This is great information Chris, and very very important for first year college students. This is one of the most important times in your life to really get organized on your personal finances. I would highly recommend a first year college student to check out this website, and many other personal finance blogs on how to really get started on setting a budget and organizing yourself. The hardest part is to get started. If you need assistance, there are so many resources online as well as most colleges have personal finance assistance that can help you get started and to make sure you are organized.
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