When you’re learning to manage your money on your own,
there’s a lot of trial and error involved. But at the end of the day, it’s one
of the most important lessons you’ll learn while in college. Trust us, as
recent college graduates who now work at Federal Student Aid, we’ve been
We are firm
believers that a lot of the learning that takes place in college doesn’t come
from a book, a professor or a class. Don’t get us wrong, there is a lot to be
learned there too, but some of the greatest lessons we learned in college came
in the form of life skills.
For many of
you, it’s probably the first time you’re truly on your own. No mom and dad to
do your laundry, cook for you, or check to make sure your homework is done. In
college, YOU are responsible for getting yourself to class, maintaining good
grades and dare we say it… managing your own finances.
While we don’t claim to be financial experts, there is
probably something you can learn about becoming financially independent from
our diverse experiences and the mistakes we’ve made along the way. For this
month’s #AskFAFSA Office Hours we’re taking your questions & sharing some
of the things we wish we knew about managing money when we were in college.