Archive for January, 2017

January 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Watching the Little Things Can Be Essential to College Student Budgeting

By Casey Williams Managing the often routine expenses can pay off for college students on a budget. Ann Woodyard, an assistant professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics at the University of Georgia, said simply saving money on gas can make a difference.   She said students can look for ways to cut down on their gas usage by using public transportation or using something ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: College Students Lack Training in Financial Literacy

By Shannon Duffy Nearing graduation, Caskey Dyer feels optimistic about his post-graduation job options. Dyer’s education in international affairs at the University of Georgia has equipped him to intern with Georgia Rep. Park Cannon, work as a teacher’s assistant and publish work on housing inequality. Yet, his high school and college courses left one glaring gap in Dyer’s education: financial ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: How to Survive on a Graduate Student Budget

By Ryan Kor As a first-year master’s student freshly off of my parents’ payroll, the only thing tougher than graduate coursework is figuring out how to manage my personal finances. I constantly have to monitor my spending to ensure that I can pay for essential expenses. Although living on such a tight budget is stressful, it is possible for graduate students to finish school with minimal ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Financial Savvy Needed When Entering the Working World

By Russell Vandiver College is a time in life to grow personally and to learn skills that will help establish a career. Although college graduates leave with greater knowledge in their chosen major, they often lack significant training that will prepare them for the financial decisions they will confront. John Taylor, a recent recipient of undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting at the ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Student Loan Debt Not Only Factor in Millennials Delaying Homeownership

By Rakel Johnson College comes at a hefty price. It’s no surprise that many students take out thousands in loans to afford their education, and many graduate with a large amount of debt. With higher student debt amounts comes the lowest homeownership rate among young adults in decades. Homeownership is being delayed, and economists often attribute this to the rise in student debt. However, ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Savings Can Make College Less Affordable for Some Families

By Nathaniel Berg For parents of prospective college students, it’s important to plan ahead financially. And while conventional logic would suggest that saving money is the best way to prepare for your child’s higher education, a professor in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences said that is not always the case. According to Patryk Babiarz, the algorithm responsible ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: UGA Finance Students Provide Free Tax Filing Through Community Outreach Program

By Nathan Hutto The University of Georgia gives back to its Athens community in many ways, but one service gains special attention every spring: finance students provide free tax filing and financial advice. Lance Palmer, associate professor of financial planning, housing and consumer economics, oversees a program that involves about 80 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students deployed ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: College Students Advised to Start Saving Early

By Nate Harris Though some college student may work part-time jobs during school, for many, their first job outside college is their first steady flow of sizeable income. It's also when many face a plethora of personal expenses, from rent and utilities to food and gas. Some might also enter the professional world with thousands in student loan debt. Yet, despite the struggle many might face of ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Mortgages and homeownership could benefit some students over apartment rentals in the long-run

By Lindsey Conway For most college students, homeownership is not at the top of the to-do list. But Ashley Panter, who has owned two homes since graduating with her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Augusta University in 2012, said more should consider it. “The reason I bought a home was just the affordability of it compared to renting,” said the current University of Georgia ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Financial Planning: Save Now or Pay Later

By Killian Wyatt Never before have people had to make so many financial decisions on their own. Most college students aren’t prepared for these choices, but they can take steps now to secure a solid financial future. “Financial planning is not just for old people,” said Duncan Williams, an assistant clinical professor who teaches financial planning at the University of Georgia. The increasing ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Students Need to Adapt to Budgeting in College

By John Hammel Getting used to harder classes, making new friends and learning to live with a roommate are all reasons why many students find it hard to adapt to their first year of college. Another reason often overlooked is managing money. Students who come from middle class backgrounds in which their parents are at their peak income levels often find it difficult to adapt to college life which ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Many students have debt; few understand their credit score

By Harrison Young In the age of rising costs of attendance and omnipresent student loan debt, few students graduate from college without developing their credit. But more often than not those students have little or no idea of how to properly manage credit, and misinformation leads many to unneeded worry and unwanted frustration. Callie Hagerman, a sophomore from Alexandria, Virginia, came ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Financial Satisfaction a Result of Strong Financial Behavior

By Gracie Thompson Strong financial behaviors are more important than a base of financial knowledge when it comes to a person’s overall financial satisfaction. Ann Woodyard, an assistant professor in financial planning, housing, and consumer economics at the University of Georgia said, “What you do has a much greater impact than what you know or how you feel when it comes to personal financial ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Students should confront their money through budgeting

By Chelsey Shirley For many, college is four years of great adventure, growth and learning. It can also be a time when parents begin to wean their children off of their ‘payroll’ to allow their now young adults the time to practice what is known as ‘adulting.’ Ryan Brock, 20, a junior psychology and criminal justice double major at the University of Georgia, began practicing budgeting ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Unfamiliar Surroundings Can Make Housing Search Difficult Without Thorough Research

By Casie Wilson Angel Hogg, a 3rd year pre-veterinary student at the University of Georgia, is searching for a home in Athens, Georgia. While juggling the challenges all young adults face when house-hunting for the first time on their own— from managing credit to contacting the right realtors— Hogg also faces a problem familiar to non-Athens natives: the outsider perspective. Originally from ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Some College Students Can Qualify for Government Support to Meet Basic Needs

By Brittany Johnson The cost of living in college is costly. Students are responsible for tuition, textbooks, rent, and other miscellaneous bills that can make paying for food seem like an option, rather a necessity. Ariel Mallory, a senior digital and broadcast journalism major at the University of Georgia, said she participates in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), despite ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Stress Can Hinder College Students’ Performance

By Andrew Fisher College tends to inflict a great deal of stress onto students, but many people do not understand the extent of it.   High levels of stress hinder learning, memory, immune function and more.  Being able to acknowledge stress can help students get a head start on managing it. Most college students must learn how to live on their own for the first time in their lives, a process ...[Read More]
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

College Connect: Lack of Affordable Housing Can Negatively Affect College Students

By Amy Libby College students living off campus often grapple with few housing options and poor housing conditions. Students shouldering heavy course loads that don’t allow for full-time employment are limited by scarce affordable housing options within their budget. Nhia Vang, a senior in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, said he has struggled to find housing within ...[Read More]

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