What College Students Need to Know About Driving for Uber, Lyft

Rideshare companies promise ultimate flexibility for drivers: Set your own schedule, earn more during busy times, get paid quickly. It seems ideal for college students looking to earn summer cash. But driving for Uber, Lyft or other rideshare services requires more than simply downloading the app and filling up your gas tank. Here’s what to know … Continued

9 Money Tips for 2019 College Grads Anticipating Their First Paychecks

When you’ve been living on a college budget, the first real paychecks from your post-graduation job can feel like more money than you know what to do with. Here’s how to spend, save and invest that income while paying down debt and splurging a bit, too. 1. Create a simple budget Yep, a budget is … Continued

Why College Students Take on Loans They Can’t Repay

Students take on college debt with the best of intentions. They’ve been told that a college degree is a ticket to success. That they should pursue their dreams. That student debt is good debt. But how do smart students wind up with debt they can’t repay? Here are three reasons, plus ways to avoid these … Continued

How to Have a Proper Parental Fight Over College Costs

As teens submit college applications and weigh different post-graduation paths, their parents face tough decisions, too. Do they: Help pay tuition, even if it means dipping into retirement savings? Take out parent loans, as a growing number of people do? Encourage their children to attend a dream college, no matter the cost? When couples clash over the … Continued

Why Some Students Quit College — and How They Can Finish

Growing up in Cookeville, Tennessee, a university town about 80 miles east of Nashville, Hayley Furcean was determined to be the first college graduate in her family. “I’ve always been the smart kid,” she says. After graduating from high school in 2008, she earned a full academic scholarship for her first year at Tennessee Technological … Continued

Go off the Beaten Path to Curb College Debt

When people think of college, they envision sprawling green campuses, majestic brick buildings and roaring football crowds. But that picturesque university experience can also come with a sky-high price tag. “I’m concerned that we sell college to students that could get training in a shorter period of time and for less of a cost,” says … Continued

How to Ace Your Transfer to a 4-Year College

Transferring from community college to a university should be as simple as basic math: Two years at the first school plus two years at the second equals a bachelor’s degree. But the equation is often more complicated. Many students’ classes don’t transfer correctly, and they have to spend extra time and tuition dollars finishing their … Continued

6 Financial Aid Questions You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

While many colleges will soon send bills for this fall’s tuition, most won’t expect payment until late summer. That gives college-bound students and their families time to finalize financial aid details. Here are six basic, but crucial, things to know about using student loans, scholarships and more to pay for college. 1. When I take … Continued

Class of 2017: Get a Jump on Adulthood With These 7 Tips

College prepares students to be everything from accountants and teachers to government workers and health care technicians, but not all students learn basic money management skills. Here’s advice for this year’s graduates on how to succeed financially. 1. Use a tried-and-true budgeting strategy A regular paycheck, however small, can feel like a windfall for those … Continued

One-Word Answers to Your Money Questions

Financial advice is loaded with fine print, disclaimers and caveats. But sometimes, you want a straight answer before digging deeper. We answered 10 money questions in a single word, and linked to all the extra stuff. 1. How do lenders decide if I qualify for a loan or credit card? Credit. 2. What if my … Continued