Archive for November, 2017

November 2017

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The ACA: Still alive or on life support?

Join a panel of health policy experts who will discuss the impact so far of the administration's policies on the Affordable Care Act. Are people signing up on the exchanges? Are there regional or state by state differences? What is the future of the ACA? Listen to the recording. Moderator Tami Luhby, senior writer, CNNMoney. CNNMoney Senior Writer Tami Luhby covers the Affordable Care Act ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Under Siege: The State of Press Freedom under the Trump Administration

Monday, Dec. 4 2 p.m. EST President Donald Trump’s attacks on the media pose serious obstacles to U.S. press freedom enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution. During Trump’s 10 months in office, reporters have been arrested or manhandled for shouting questions at federal government officials, and some have been subjected to equipment searches and seizures. Some government agencies ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Navigating housing and renting issues as a college student

By Morgan Brown Amari Tillman is a 19-year-old second-year undergraduate at the University of Georgia. Midway through her sophomore year, the safe path she had travelled by living on campus split in front of her. Should she finally leave the campus and dive into apartment life, or should she continue enjoying the benefits of living and studying in the same place? “For starters, there’s ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Financial planning and millennials

By Steffenie Burns Millennials have been criticized for being egocentric, easily distracted, unmotivated to work and frivolous with their finances. While some in the older generations may still believe such negative stereotypes about millennials, research has indicated otherwise about their financial habits. “More and more millennials are finally earning and spending serious money. But millennials’ ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: College students should start building credit sooner rather than later

By Zachary Hansen Going off to college creates a lot of new freedoms for the average student. With this increased independence also come extra responsibilities that weren’t present before. Among these, managing debt can be one of the most challenging. While the 2009 CARD Act banned issuing credit cards to anyone under 21, many students still end up with some form of credit card debt before ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Credit cards: what students should know

By Becky Burgess Credit cards can be intimidating for students, especially since many of us don’t know how to manage and maintain them. For senior Sociology major Noga Baruch at the University of Georgia, a credit card was the first step for establishing credit before graduating college. But she said spending and paying back the money can prove difficult. "Whenever I have really large amounts ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Student loans: burden or investment in the future?

By Conner Burks Do you, a relative or close friend have student loan debt? Chances are all three hold some outstanding student debt. Student loans are now the second biggest type of debt in America only behind mortgages, but eclipsing credit cards. According to Forbes, more than 44 million people in the U.S. have outstanding student loans totaling $1.3 trillion. The average student in the class ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Millennials cash in on financial apps, highest saving generation

By Heather Bryan Anything from shampoo to a treadmill can be purchased at the touch of a button on a smartphone. It only makes sense money can be managed the same way through an increasing array of mobile apps. People, particularly millennials, use apps for budgeting, spending, investing and pretty much everything in between. In fact, millennials are coming out ahead of past generations when ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Coping with student loans

By Kaleigh Galvin When it comes to the infamous juggling act of college life, Andrew Dugan, 21, has been forced to become a master. On top of a full course load, the fourth-year religion student works 25 hours a week on campus to fight the looming reality of student loans, while also maintaining heavy involvement in his local church. “My biggest sacrifice is personal health,” he said. “There ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Four things to know before signing a lease

By Savannah McCoy Renting an apartment or house is a milestone in a young adult’s life. It’s typically one of the first steps toward independence. No longer dependent on parents and paying for your own housing is a critical step toward adulthood. Before signing that first lease, however, renters understand their rights and responsibilities. Those obligations go beyond the obvious “you pay ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: College students need more financial education

By Rakel Johnson College is a place where students learn all kinds of new skills. In addition to learning academically, they are also learning a plethora of life lessons. However, a lot of college students feel they are collectively lacking in one important area that applies to the real world: financial education. Many students still feel ill-prepared to make their own major financial decisions. For ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Understanding the tiny house trend

By Rachel Hinkle Ashley Jonasson, an entertainment and media studies student at the University of Georgia, has been interested in tiny houses since they became popular through television shows on HGTV and other networks. She is considering building her own tiny house one day and had a few questions about the tiny house movement and where it is projected to be in the future. Jonasson’s questions ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: From piggy banks to building personal credit

By Devon Tucker An exciting, but uneasy part of moving into adulthood is the need to become financially independent.  No more allowance or piggy banks. The real world requires one to establish credit, but college students are far more likely to carry only a debit card rather than a credit card, explained Brenda Cude, a consumer economics professor at the University of Georgia. She said students ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Budget builders: Advice for those entering, existing in or exiting college

By Josie Wall The average student graduates with over $30,000 of debt as of As of April 2017, according to USA Today. The prospect of such a bill after graduation can deter many from even beginning the process of higher education, but there are ways to plan ahead and stay out of the hole. Matt Goren, an adjunct assistant professor specializing in financial planning, housing and consumer economics ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Emergency savings: because it could happen to you

By Kalah Mingo Elizabeth Medlock, a third-year linguistics major at the University of Georgia, walked to her car in her parking deck in Downtown Athens, Ga. She had a yoga class to attend, however, something was wrong. Her car was not in her assigned parking spot. She almost started to panic, but remembered she parked in a “future residents” spot closer to her apartment the night before. Unfortunately, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Budgeting tips for new graduates

By Kelly Miller Life after graduation for college students can mean many things: a change of pace, a chance to explore and a time to discover. However, with that freedom comes great responsibility. College grads are thrown into the “real world,” where training wheels come off, and bills are sent to them instead of their parents. Ashley Casey, a senior at the University of Georgia, is ready ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Young people and overcoming the fear of taxes

By Maureen Sheeran Alexa Gilomen, a senior at the University of Georgia said she doesn’t consider her taxes to be “a huge deal” now, but added, “I feel like in the future, it is going to be scary.” Matt Goren, who teaches personal finance in UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said students should overcome any fears about taxes by simply jumping in. “Give it a shot,” ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Students and the search for housing

By Angelina Lewis Caroline McHam, now a fourth-year consumer economics student, first came to the University of Georgia without knowing anyone, and the quest for housing was a daunting search. A friend of a friend led her to her roommate, Maddie Baker, who has since become a best friend. McHam said Baker had many qualities she looked for in a roommate, and since they were both in the honors program, ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Six steps to develop good money habits

By Emily Haney When it comes to personal finances, students typically fall in to one of two categories: seasoned or beginner. J.T. Lynch, a sophomore at the University of Georgia, falls in to the latter category. Lynch said his parents covered only the basics of dealing with money while he was growing up. “It was just pay off your debt and use credit cards for emergencies,” said Lynch. “I ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Millennials and urban living

By Katherine Sauceda Recent studies by the U.S. Census Bureau show more millennials are choosing to live in major cities after graduating college rather than suburban areas. These educated millennials’ population in cities has grown by up to 78 percent within the past few years, according to a Forbes report. Lexus Marion, a third year marketing major student at the University of Georgia, says ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: The psychology of money

By Kristin M. Bradshaw Following the turn of their first tassels, graduated high school seniors enter the collegiate world wide-eyed and inspired by their new-found independence. While some have the soft cushion of their parents’ savings accounts, others with fewer resources find the move stressful. Research has found the state of one’s mind is directly correlated with the state of one’s ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

College Connect: Climb your way out of credit card debt

By Mary Grace Heath Credit cards can be a great tool to have in college. They can help you develop good spending habits, earn rewards and build your own credit history, which will be important if you want to buy a house one day. But credit cards can also become a dangerous burden if they are used incorrectly, leaving students in major debt. Sometimes students don’t recognize the consequences ...[Read More]
Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

First Amendment Statement from Mark Hamrick, president, SABEW, Washington Bureau Chief for 

The shocking alleged, but well-documented, attack of a reporter by Republican Greg Gianforte is an affront to the First Amendment, running counter to the ideals associated with civil discourse in a robust democracy. The reporter was asking a question about proposed health care legislation. Candidates for Congress, and other offices, must be prepared for scrutiny and questions from reporters, or else ...[Read More]
Monday, November 6th, 2017

College Connect: Earning money from a job that pays other dividends

By Ron Davis I’ve put in countless hours at the journalism school over the past few years. I am now in my final semester of college, still putting in those same hours, but now getting paid for it. Following a strong semester, I impressed my professor enough that he offered me a position to be his lone undergraduate teaching assistant. When I initially accepted, my thought process was that I ...[Read More]
Monday, November 6th, 2017

College Connect: Making sure you earn your own good credit

By Ron Davis Before my sophomore year of college, my dad gave a credit card that was to be used strictly for emergencies. The problem was, the card had my name on it, but wasn’t linked to my social security account, but to his, rather. It did nothing for my credit score. I justified a few emergencies, which I got yelled at for, deservingly so, in retrospect. So, we came up with a solution: ...[Read More]
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

College Connect: Treat your self! Retail therapy to match a college kid’s bank account

By Natalia Amandari We’ve all had that moment. You see something nice in the store. Or maybe it’s a pricier drink at the coffee shop. You think to yourself:  No, I shouldn’t. I’d be better off saving that money… But then another thought creeps into your head…I just did well on my last exam, so it’s time to…Treat yourself! Made popular by the TV show, “Parks and Recreation” ...[Read More]
Friday, November 3rd, 2017

College Connect: Eating healthy on a college student’s budget

By Natalia Almandari For most college students, living on your own for the first time also means cooking and grocery shopping on your own. Between classes, work and friends, it can be easy to resort to eating out every day or whipping up a quick bowl of ramen noodles. Even eat at fast food places can mean you are spending $25 or more on food per day! Multiply that times 30 days, and it can top $750 ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

College Connect: Tackle the high cost of college with parents as partners

By John Messer Finances in college have been a rollercoaster so far.  Actually, it’s more like juggling dynamite which may or may not be lit while riding a rollercoaster and Iron Maiden is blasting at top volume.  Between housing, food expenses, tuition, considerations for studying abroad, etc, and etc, the only positive emotion I feel is abject amazement that it’s working out as well as it ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

College Connect: Decisions, decisions, decisions: How to pick among multiple job offers

By Carolyn Heger The recruiting season for many majors is in full swing this month, with company recruiters visiting college campuses to encourage seniors to apply for their jobs. There is a significant amount of stress involved in networking with representatives from different firms, submitting job applications and interviewing for various positions. However, your level of anxiety might increase ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

College Connect: Saving for retirement early: Why It matters and how to do it

By Carolyn Heger When I was in high school, my grandfather frequently stressed to me that I should begin saving for my retirement early. Back then, putting money aside for me to spend when I would be in my 60s and beyond was not at the forefront of my mind. I was focused on applying to colleges at that time, not on whether I would have enough money to live comfortably once I would stop working. Nearly ...[Read More]
Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

College Connect: Planning and Restraint Help Me Make It On My Own

By Michael Boyer I have been managing my own finances since I was about 15. This was never a huge issue until I came to college. In high school, I could count on one hand the number of times my parents gave me money for something. I didn’t ask, and they didn’t have anything to give me. I knew they had their own money problems. Fortunately, I earned enough from various jobs – from lifeguarding ...[Read More]

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