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Back-to-College Money Advice

Stick to your college budget with these tips from current and former students, college officials and money experts.


  1. Don't take more loan money than what you absolutely need.
  2. Don't get caught up in eating out or rationalizing small purchases. It ends up costing you a lot in the long run.
  3. See where you can get student discounts and see if your school offers any discounts on movie tickets broadway shows and other events. And free campus events
  4. Shop around for used textbooks and sell them back asap before they come out with a newer edition and your book is only worth a penny. Look for places that offer discounts for college students. Shop for clothes at consignment or thrift stores.
  5. Don't rent an apartment that you can't afford on your own if a roommate moves out or stiffs you with the rent.
  6. Don't max out credit cards, buy things you don't need. Work hard now, live better later.