College Connect


Students writing for the College Connect program speak from their own experience and direct their remarks to their peers. That’s the essence of College Connect — letting students connect to others through their experiences in handling and managing money and credit.  Student blog topics range from dealing with family financial crises, to how much outside employment a student should undertake during the academic year, to what should be done with leftover financial aid after tuition is paid. The blogs are on for professionals to see their work.  The project is funded by the Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)


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College Connect: Saving Money at the Grocery Store

By Zack Newman

I relish food and am constantly enticed by the possibility of a smorgasbord of flavors. While the occasional splurge is ok, constructive habits can lead to long-term savings. This happens a few dollars at a time. I compiled a few of my favorite tricks below to save money at the food store. Read more…

Filing Taxes Cause College Students to Confront their Money Skills

By Lisa Fu

College is when many young adults take their first step to financial independence. It may be taking on a part time job or simply remembering to pay the rent on time, but college is when many students often confront their responsibilities with money and find their knowledge is lacking. Read more…

College Loans are Necessary, but Require Planning

By Azure Aladin

College is expensive. Tuition, rent, textbooks, groceries and other bills add up, forcing many college students to take out loans to defer the expense of attending a university. Read more…

Yes, You Really Can Afford to Take That Internship

By Covey Eonyak Son

Around this time last year, I finally got a call I spent months hoping to get. The voice on the other end offered me an internship at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It was a happy ending to an annual ritual that thousands of college students take part in each year. We spend hours writing and refining cover letters and résumés with the hope that we’ll be chosen. So naturally, the call left me feeling high with joy. Read more…

Managing Your Money Doesn’t Have to Be So Stressful

By Covey Eonyak Son

You probably grew up getting allowances from your parents. Your parents probably got you a piggybank one day, and told you to not to break it open until you’ve saved enough money. And they almost definitely at some point told you to put something back at the store because you don’t really need it. Read more…

In Today’s Electronic Age, Receipts Can Be Your Friend

By Covey Eonyak Son

My dad always told me to hold onto my receipts, no matter how minor the purchase. He was obsessed with collecting them. He even had boxes (yes, multiple) of old receipts and invoices in his home office. Just in case. Read more…

College Connect: Effectively budgeting for the holiday season

By Emma Diltz

As the holiday season is upon us, students are strapped for money more than usual. Throughout the rest of the year, they’re usually focused on buying groceries, paying rent and with the little money they have left, shopping or attending a variety of events. All too often, December rolls around, the same time every year, and students haven’t even started pricing gifts, let alone purchasing them. Read more…

College Connect: Getting your first credit card and how to manage it

By Emma Diltz

Getting a credit card is a big push into adulthood for a lot of people, including students. Going into college, it’s a good idea to start thinking about getting a credit card. Without good credit, it’s hard to buy a house, pay off student loans or buy a car. Read more…

College Connect: Best money-saving apps for students

By Emma Diltz

At this age, students struggle with saving money. There’s rent to pay off, groceries to buy and miscellaneous bills to check off. But half of the fun in college is being able to go out with your friends, whether it is dinner, drinks or concerts. The problem with all of these is how much money they cost. I’ve compiled the best apps that students can use to save money for the fun parts of their lives. Read more…

College Connect: As an international student, make sure your bank is actually ‘local’

By Daniel Levitt

Telling your bank that you’re going abroad on vacation is often unnecessarily laborious. Try telling them that you’re moving abroad to study until ‘who knows when?’ Read more…

College Connect: Grad School Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

By Daniel Levitt

When I first told my friends and family of my plans to study in America, they thought I was barmy. And that was before I told them it was a master’s degree that I wanted to pursue. Read more…

College Connect: A new bicycle isn’t worth it – YES IT IS!

By Daniel Levitt

“I’ll buy one at the start of the semester.” “I’ll buy one after my exam.” “No, seriously, I’ll buy one on the weekend.” Sound familiar? There’s only one time to buy that bicycle you need, and that’s now! Read more…

College Connect: Why I have a Safety Net

By Charlie Clark

I got my first job at 19 making $8.25 per hour working in a coffee shop. Although I would by no means characterize that as good pay, I was in college on a scholarship, and it was certainly enough income to fill my gas tank and supply my diet of ramen and microwavable mac n’ cheese. Read more…

College Connect: Money Can’t Buy Love

By Jacob Garcia

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, “Money can’t buy love.” I agree, and I hope my experiential story about money demonstrates that. Read more…

College Connect: Lessons in Money from New York City

By Kanak Jha

This past summer I had the opportunity to move to bustling New York City. New York is full of life lessons, especially for a young student working their first full time internship far away from home. Some of the most prominent lessons the city taught me was about money. Read more…

College Connect: The Bank of Mom and Dad

By Connor Murphy

After swallowing my pride, I called the bank which every college student dreads, but inevitably uses: the bank of mom and dad. Read more…

College Connect: Why I never buy anything that’s not on sale

By Kourtney Balsan

I never buy anything that isn’t on sale. Red stickers and slashed prices is my norm. Why? Well, besides the fact I am a broke college student, I realized that everything will usually go on sale eventually. Read more…

College Connect: Is Money Happiness?

By Anya Rogers

Money is a medium of exchange, a unit of accounts and a store of wealth. Money is many things, but it is not happiness, time or love. Read more…

College Connect: Buy Now, Pay Later

By Sophia Kunthara

The simplest lesson in personal finance: don’t spend what you don’t have (or won’t have). This is true for borrowing money in the form of loans and for credit card spending. Taking out a loan and using a credit card can have enormous benefits, but can easily be a trap for debt as well. Read more…

College Connect: Magic or Credit?

By Serena Zhang

I remember being in awe of credit cards when I was really young. Before I even knew the official name, I use to call them “magic cards” because money was magically stored in them. I was 16 when I got my first magic card. Read more…

College Connect: Can you really live without a TV set?

By Kouichi Shirayangi

We all grew up with television as part of the background in our lives. So, when we get to college, a TV comes along with us. I did a research of ads, and most dorm residents get a TV that’s about 32 inches. Read more…

College Connect: 4 Fun Ways to Save Money

Video by Andrea Stoll

College Connect: Some simple hacks to help you get your deposit back!

By Lauren E. Steffens

I’ve lived in every type of campus and off-campus housing – dorms, sorority house, furnished apartments, unfurnished apartments and houses. Each and every one requires a deposit. Read more…

College Connect: The debate about what it costs to go to college

By Lauren E. Steffens

This year’s Democratic primaries talked about the cost of a college education and student debt. Here are some interesting facts I found about the cost of higher education from an annual survey taken by the non-profit, College Board. Read more…

College Connect: The very high cost of college parking

By Lauren E. Steffens

Parking is the bane of college students. It’s a scene repeated every day – students are circling the metered parking lot near inner campus, waiting for students to leave so they can claim a coveted spot. After finally grabbing a spot, putting in coins or a pay card, they dash to class. Read more…

College Connect: Coupons for students go high-tech

By Kouichi Shirayangi

On a college campus, there are a lot of coupon books with student discounts. Are they good deals? That depends. Is this an item you’d buy anyway? If it isn’t it might make you spend money and not save money. Read more…

College Connect: Tips to save at the grocery store

By Kouichi Shirayanagi

A typical college students spends $80 –to $200 on groceries, depending on how much you cook. Read more…

College Connect: Don’t be penny safe and pound foolish when making big decisions

By Kouichi Shirayanagi

Perhaps the worst decision I made over the past year with my money was when I did not spend more to save anguish in the future, but I just did not know what the future held for me. Read more…

College Connect: Credit Cards: What To Know and Watch Out For

By Alex Ring

With the laundry list of other responsibilities that flood into the life of a college student credit cards can be a double-edged sword that solidifies adulthood and can pave the way for future but it should not be taken lightly. Read more…

College Connect: Starting in college – measured spending and saving

By Alex Ring

We learned in Econ 1010, that money is defined as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, and lastly, a store of value. As the school year, approaches I begin to understand that last part — the practical job of money. Read more…

College Connect: Saving money

By Larissa Garza

Spending cash is a lot easier when you aren’t looking forward to a paycheck every week. As a server and bartender, most of the time my paychecks are about $20. Read more…

College Connect: Wants versus needs; a lesson learned

By Lindsey Wisniewski

For as long as I can remember, my parents warned me about the dangers of money. Before I was of legal age to obtain credit, my mom and dad, who were divorced since I was 12, had a combined four bankruptcies between the two of them. In other words, they didn’t know how to handle money properly. Read more…

College Connect: One financial regret

By Hilary Davis

I don’t have many regrets in life. I don’t like to be haunted by “what ifs.” But if I could turn back the clock, I would start saving for retirement from my first paycheck. Read more…

College Connect: Dump the cable bill

By Krandall Brantley

Several times throughout my first 3 years of college, my mother kept saying she was planning on getting rid of cable because my parents were paying too much for a bunch of channels they didn’t use. Read more…

College Connect: Change the way you save

By Judson Tomaiko

Change has a way of being taken for granted. Not “change” like the concept of something new happening but rather the physical metal coins that people get from a business on the off-chance they didn’t use their debit card. Read more…

College Connect: Credit cards are evil

By Lauren Potter 

When I first moved to the U.S. from Australia nine years ago, I was fortunate to land a really great job. For my age, and given that I had no higher education at the time, I was making a lot of money. Read more…

College Connect: Money experience story

By Anthony Prosceno

When traveling, it is a good idea to carry a little extra cash because it may turn out that your physical dollars may more value than your credit cards. Read more…

College Connect: My tips for money management

By Joseph Steen

Having money is one thing, but being able to handle it wisely is another. I’ve had both good and bad experiences and will try to give you tips on how to handle your money better. Read more…

College Connect: Getting started on budgeting

By Adam DeRose

After I landed my first job out of college, finances were tight. The consistent paychecks were great, but I also struggled figuring out how much money I had to spend on non-essential purchases (restaurants, drinks, events, etc.) Read more…

College Connect: Saving money in college: smart grocery shopping

By Sabella Scalise

In college, the first year away from my parents meant freedom, no curfew and no rules. A childhood dream come true. But college is not a dream. It is reality. Read more…

College Connect: Think small business when you have extra money

By Jiahui Jia

If I ever find myself with extra money and there are business opportunities, my experience indicates it is a good time to act. Read more…

College Connect: A lesson in debt collection

By Andrea Stoll

I have worked at a debt collection agency here in Columbia for about a year and a half. While most people start working in the mail department and get drafted into a permanent department, I was immediately called to work in Bookkeeping. Read more…



Read past news stories

College Connect: Looking for part-time work to ease the financial crunch

College Connect: Make big chain stores your friend

College Connect: Saving money on college travel

College Connect: Think in terms of future value when spending

College Connect: Slow down and save some cash

College Connect: Follow Buffett’s advice and avoid credit cards

College Connect: Saving Money on college text books

College Connect: Buy stocks every time you can and hold on to them

College Connect: Is quick cash hanging in your closet?

College Connect: Preparing to survive, thrive during post college job search

College Connect: As Internships start to end, consider a new job

College Connect: Scholarship Savvy

College Connect: The Need (or Want) to Work Multiple Jobs

College Connect: The Income Effect

College Connect: Your credit score: what does it mean and why you should care

College Connect: How and when to invest while in college

College Connect: Ways to save while interning

College Connect: Remember implicit costs while job hunting

College Connect: How to get paid for buying groceries (but it requires discipline)

College Connect: Eight steps to managing your frivolous expenses

College Connect: Piecing together a budget in on of America’s largest, most lavish cities

College Connect: The Cost of Uncertainty

College Connect: A financial milestone: paying off my car loan

College Connect: Grads Face Rough Job Market

College Connect: Taxes: Students need to learn how to file

College Connect: The thing we forget about – health insurance

College Connect: Talking budgets with Mom has a generation gap

College Connect: My first semester abroad

College Connect: Parents and Personal Finance

College Connect: Learning from our parents financial mistakes

College Connect: Need a fresh look at your spending? There’s an app for that.

College Connect: Save money on tuition by looking for classes off campus

College Connect: Starting young

College Connect: Bargains may really be blunders

College Connect: A college student and the fiscal cliff

College Connect: ‘Tis the season of exchanging gifts

College Connect: Paying for college on a budget

College Connect: Weighing the post-college job offer

College Connect: Earning money on the side

College Connect: Preventing Debit Card Fraud

College Connect: How to talk about money — when you live together

College Connect: It’s never to early to start building good credit

College Connect: Planning ahead for student travel

College Connect: Lessons learned while studying abroad

College Connect: Live like a student (including budgeting…)

College Connect: Back home again – saving your sanity while still saving money

College Connect: Getting Into College: An Expensive Story

College Connect: The cost of a summer internship

College Connect: The hidden cost of education

College Connect: Growing Up and Paying Taxes: Pricey welcome to the adult world

College Connect: Jobs in college double as career experience

College Connect: Sometimes good news comes with a price tag

College Connect: You Got To Spend Money To Make Money

College Connect: Smart shopping – beating back the lure of the impulse purchase

College Connect: Conference cash may not always be there, but you can still make the contacts

College Connect: Health Insurance: Pay the premiums and avoid the pain

College Connect: Spring break planning calls for caution

College Connect: College plans survive family’s financial storm

College Connect: How much work is too much?

College Connect: Sweet as they may be, tuition refunds aren’t free money

College Connect: Coupon Clipping Can’t Make a King

College Connect: Traveling on a Budget

College Connect: Finding Cents

College Connect: Learn to barter and be generous in college

College Connect: College on Coupons- clipping can save!

College Connect: Study Abroad Dreams – making the cost worthwhile

College Connect: Financial Aid: An Awesome Way of Saving Money

College Connect: Tough Decisions – internship, or take a job?

College Connect: Taking a semester off: Dreams vs. Money: Reality Sets In

College Connect: Life in a Greek house

College Connect: Taking a semester off – a risky proposition

College Connect: Negotiating with parents – the tough call

College Connect: Not the time to tie up money in CDs

College Connect: Finances are a big part of the job hunt

College Connect: You can have what you want, even in college

College Connect: Are joint bank accounts a good idea?

College Connect: Learning to build good credit the American way

College Connect: How to open a bank account in the U.S.

College Connect: It’s Spring break –Let’s make some money!

College Connect: Jumping into financial risk when benefits changed

College Connect: Buying Our First Place: Little House, Big Decision

College Connect: Saving requires doing the little things

College Connect: Using Smartphones to Save, and Help Manage Your Money

College Connect: New GI Bill restrictions helped many, but hurt some (like me) in the process

College Connect: Students’ Points of View on Personal Finance – Part Two

College Connect: Adjusting to a new currency

College Connect: Holiday shopping not always a ‘deal’

College Connect: Students’ Points of View on Personal Finance


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