The new semester will spring into action any minute now. If you’re like most college students, you might be feeling a little light in the wallet as you head back to campus. Hey, we get it. The holidays just passed, plus time home with friends and family for break – a little more recreational spending than usual is sort of expected.
But now it’s back to business, and back to building up that bank account—or at least not going broke. Cutting down on frivolities like daily mocha lattes or dining out frequently are great places to start. That said, there are some basics every college student needs in order to be, well, a college student.
BookRenter’s a fan of these ways to save on 3 big-ticket items that come with attending school: tuition, transit, and textbooks.
Tuition! The cost of attending college can seem overwhelming, but it should never keep you from pursuing higher education. There are many inspiring scholarships available to students willing to step up to the plate, not to mention Federal Student Aid—an invaluable opportunity from U.S. Department of Education for every eligible individual to “benefit from federally funded financial assistance for education beyond high school.”
The 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has just been released. What are you waiting for?
Transit! Commuting to and from campus by car can be a real drag, and a real drain on your finances. Parking passes don’t come cheap, and gas is a whole other expense to consider. Public buses, trains, and shuttle services are your friends! A quick Google search for “Public Transit [Your City]” will reveal routes, schedules, ticket fares, and everything else you need to know when taking advantage of your community’s public transportation system.
Of course, when the weather is agreeable, and if the distance isn’t too great – you can always hop on your bicycle, lace up your rollerblades, or huff it on foot to campus. Easy on your wallet, and good for your body!
Textbooks! Holy often-unexpected-expenses, Batman. Most college course requires at least one textbook, and some of those babies can cost more than a designer handbag. Multiply that by however many classes you’re taking in a given semester, and the numbers start to add up super fast. Couple that with the fact that you might have no need for the book once the semester’s over… subtract all the money you’ll lose selling it back to the campus bookstore… the solution is to get cheap textbooks from the start, right? We think so, too.
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