Students who write for the College Connect blog describe their own experiences handling and managing money and credit.

The blog writers attend Arizona State University, the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. This personal finance blog project is funded by Denver-based National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE).


Spring 2022

Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia

Eating in can save college students money
By Spencer Donovan
Max Kaufman, a senior sport management major at the University of Georgia, used to prepare his weekly meals every Sunday.   Read more…

There is No Price for Safety
By Troyce Grant
After a rainy day in Athens, Georgia, college student Riley Herring was driving to Aldi when the driver of a Toyota RAV 4 slammed the brakes in front of her.   Read more…

Taxes Don’t Have to Be Scary for College Students
By Caroline Nixon
When University of Georgia student, Reed Stout, thinks about filing his own taxes, he is overwhelmed by the complexity.  Read more…

The Importance of FAFSA for First-Generation College Students
By Michael Banks
Filling out the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) was the key to multiple grants, scholarships and funding opportunities that allowed Lytzy Hernandez to attend college.  Read more…

Credit Unions vs. Banks: Where should college students look to put their money?
By Thomas Ehlers
Logan Brooks is a fourth-year financial planning student at the University of Georgia.  Read more…

Is Studying Abroad Worth the Expense?
By Eloise Cappelletti
In our increasingly globalized and interconnected world, studying abroad can be a particularly beneficial opportunity, according to a professor who runs study abroad programs at the University of Georgia.  Read more…

What college students should know about Robinhood
By Stefan Caray
When Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt founded Robinhood in 2013, the company’s website said the two wanted to create “a company that leverages technology to encourage everyone to participate in our financial system.”  Read more…

Know where your money is going: Tips for budgeting as a college student
By Erin Kenney
Working as a lifeguard at a summer camp, University of Georgia junior Emma Duncan started to worry about her money.  Read more…

Be Yourself in the Scholarship Application Process
By Lily Pryor
Tate Hunda, a fourth year pre-veterinary student at the University of Georgia, said he has more financial freedom thanks to his scholarship through the Foundation Fellowship program.  Read more…

The Loan Forgiveness Dilemma
By Wynn Andrews
Tom Eldridge, a biology major at the University of Georgia, plans to attend dental school next year.  Read more…

Affordable Care Act Spurs Young Adults to Buy Into Health Insurance
By Kylee Stone
Ashley Childers was diagnosed with a medical condition called pseudotumor cerebri while in high school.  Read more…

Making the move to off-campus living
By Matthew Welsh
Since leaving her freshman year dorm in 2020, Maggie Martin has lived in three different locations including in a sorority house, an apartment and a five-person house.  Read more…

Are Venmo and Zelle safe?
By Emma Bennett
Cash transfer apps like Venmo and Zelle have become so common on college campuses that a University of Georgia student compared their popularity and recognition to that of a Coke bottle.  Read more…

College students need renters insurance
By Bobby Andrews
Based on her firsthand experience, University of Georgia student Priya Patel said college students don’t understand the value of renters insurance.  Read more…

Getting a Head Start on Paying for Medical School
By Sabrina Laster
Hannah Everest aspires to become a doctor, but the cellular biology major in her senior year at the University of Georgia said she has had trouble navigating the financial logistics of medical school.  Read more … 

Moving after college? Consider the costs of settling into your new town
By Alander Rocha
Prachi Jhamb said she endured quite the culture shock when she moved from India to the United States for her doctorate.  Read more…

Effective Ways to Negotiate a Starting Salary
By Victoria Gospodinov
When recent University of Georgia graduate Grace Fitzgerald was offered her first post-college job offer, she said she overlooked the importance of the salary negotiation process and missed the opportunity to request a higher salary.  Read more…

Starting a Business in College Could be the Best Time
By Ryan Kerley
Adam Dent has been an entrepreneur since he was in fifth grade.  Read more…

Owning a Pet on a College Student’s Budget
By Simone Eames
When Alexandra Fisher adopted a kitten her sophomore year, she said her mom’s first response was “fine, but we’re not helping you pay for it.”  Read more…

 Credit Cards: The Good and Bad for College Students
By Keshondra Shipp
A national survey revealed that fewer than 7% of college students have a credit card of their own, but Janet Miller has been one of them since 2019.  Read more…


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