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

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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

Holiday shopping not always a ‘deal’

by Theo Keith

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, millions of Americans will hit the stores and their Internet browsers to find great deals on everything from TVs to clothing.

Credit Scores: ‘According to Our Records, You Do Not Exist’

By Lauren Walsh

A few years ago, like many college students, I listened as adults warned me on the importance of credit scores. Like many college students, I didn’t really listen. Their warnings didn’t mean too much at the time since my parents were paying all my bills. Fortunately, my parents continued to pay all my bills all the way through grad school so I will be going it alone financially for the first time when I get married this October.

Paying your own way

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

by Robert W. Johnson

In the Army, working in a lab full of electronic geeks at a foreign base full of Airborne Rangers, it was not uncommon to hear someone in my unit say: “Why would I want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane?”

Making money decisions as an international student

Adjusting to a new currency

by Alex Missick

Countries around the world have a wide variety of exchange rates that can affect any industry. However, as a student, it is always advised to be aware of changing currency and exchange rates — especially for international students.

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