College Connect: Students’ Points of View on Personal Finance

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Through a new partnership, the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) and the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) have enlisted nine students from the University of Missouri to share personal finance experiences with their peers. In this unique fellowship, students blog about financial issues from their own perspectives and share in their own voices what they have learned about college-specific money matters with other students. NEFE’s CashCourse®, a financial education website for colleges and universities, provides resources to help students improve their money-management skills.

Personal finance from a student’s point of view – affording all aspects of college life from tuition and fees to housing expenses, dining, entertainment and of course, savings – was the subject of student essays produced through a fellowship grant to SABEW from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).

The following writings, each on a different aspect of college student finance, were written during fall semester 2010 by a different student fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia, under the guidance of faculty adviser Marty Steffens, who holds the SABEW Chair in Journalism at Missouri-Columbia.

NEFE also provided a similar grant for a college student personal finance fellowship at Arizona State University during spring semester 2010.

We’re proud to present them here as good peer advice for young people seeking to afford college life armed with the tools to make good financial decisions. Our sincere thanks go to NEFE for supporting the collecting and dissemination of this valuable information, which will benefit college and university students everywhere.

Money and investing for students

Budgeting makes unpaid internships less stressful

by Theo Keith

Plenty of companies are reacting to the economic downturn by eliminating jobs, slashing salaries and even getting rid of their paid internships. The draw for interns — learn something in a “real world” environment while getting paid — is different these days.

Missouri 529 plan draws record number of investors as saving beats spending

by Theo Keith

States are making it easier for parents who aren’t investing-savvy to save for their child’s education. And the college-savings plan works for parents who are working through school themselves, or for college students who want to save for a favorite niece or nephew, or even a student who wants to sock some money away for their own education.

For most couples, the first major purchase together is that ring!

By Lauren Walsh

Ever wonder why there are lots of jewelry stores in college towns? That’s because hundreds of thousands of college students get engaged every year, usually at Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Paying your own way

How do you know if you’re dependent, or independent?

by Jessie Smith

This isn’t high school anymore. You’ve been knocked off your senior throne, and have to start over. You’re the lowly freshman once again. The money you make at your part-time job is no longer for buying coffee and movie tickets. (Wait, Let’s be honest…it’s college. You’re buying even more coffee).

Life as an independent student: Trying to balance money and schoolwork

By Jessie Smith

Balance. It’s one of the most important and one of the most difficult qualities to have in college. Especially when it comes to money.

Life on the GI Bill: From soldier to student – taking a life ‘time out’

by Robert W. Johnson

I activated my iPad at the store on my school’s network. With the tech leaning over my shoulder, I entered all my information. When it came to list a choice of professions, the tech looked up at me and back to the screen.

Making money decisions as an international student

Coupons — A college students’ best friend

by Alex Missick

Pinching pennies in college is almost second nature when you are far away from your favorite uncle and other relatives who are willing and able to fund your every wish. Managing these expenses can be a challenge and as I learned to navigate my spending in college, finding interesting ways to save money was in a special word, The Coupon.

For international students, travel savings are key

by Alex Missick

When you live over 6,000 miles away from home or have to catch at least three planes to get there, you know it is going to be a long time before you can see them again. Then again, the joys of saving, being young and in college can be the golden ticket to visit the ones you love.

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