5 Ways to Save at Summer Music Festivals

While the dream might be making (lots of) money to play Lollapalooza like Bruno Mars, the reality is spending money to see him in concert and drink overpriced beers. Thankfully, until you can work that “24 karat magic,” you’ve got ways to save on the food, drink, transportation and other expenses. But you’ll have to … Continued

5 Things to Do After Filing Your FAFSA® Form

Congratulations! You submitted your 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®) form! Wondering what happens next? Here are a few things to look out for: 1. Review Your FAFSA® Confirmation Page After you complete the FAFSA form online and click “SUBMIT,” you’ll see a confirmation page like the one below. This is not your financial aid offer. You’ll get that … Continued

12 Myths About the FAFSA® Form and Applying for Financial Aid

There’s so much information available about financial aid for college or career school that it can be hard to tell the facts from fiction. We’ve got you covered! Here are some common myths—and the real scoop—about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. MYTH 1: My parents make too much money, so … Continued

5 Back-to-College Lessons on Building Credit

Hey, college students: Summer is almost over, and before you’re busy cramming for exams, you should spend a few minutes studying up on your credit. You might be just getting started with your first card, but review these five tips and you’ll reap the benefits well after graduation day. 1. Five major factors affect your … Continued

Applying to College? Expect to Pay at Least This Much

College attendance costs get all the attention, but you’ll start paying for school when you begin the application process. Factoring in the costs of test preparation, test taking and applications, expect to spend at least $678 — and perhaps thousands more — before you’ve received acceptance letters, according to NerdWallet’s calculations. Read on to learn … Continued

Let’s Get Legit About Teens and Taxes

There is nothing else in this world like getting your first legit paycheck. After working hard for two weeks or a month, you get to cash in and reap the rewards.  But hold it! Your paycheck means more than a trip to the bank. It may mean having to file your taxes. This year, thousands … Continued

Ask Brianna: How Do I Start Strong With a New Roommate?

This week’s question: I’m on the hunt for a new roommate. How can we make our living space conflict-free? I’ve had my share of subpar roommates, as I’m sure you have: weeknight partiers, late rent payers, loud phone talkers. I never would have guessed it, but I loved sharing an apartment once I found my … 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

Banking on an Athletic Scholarship? You May Want to Think Again

It’s not hard to get caught up in the glamour and excitement of big-time college athletics. And when top athletes are being recruited as early as junior high, many parents see athletics as a way for their child to get college paid for. The reality, however, is that the odds of earning a fully-paid athletic … Continued

Tips for Your Parents: How to Choose a Teen Checking Account

Students, this might be for mom and dad, but you’ll find some helpful tips in this article, too. If you don’t have a checking account yet, it might be time to start searching. Check out “How to Choose a Teen Checking Account” for tips that will help you choose your first bank account and start your … Continued