President Obama explained his plan to make the application process a little easier. He is working on streamlining the financial aid application process, and filling out those forms earlier, so students will have a better idea on how much aid they will receive. This will help students know what they can and cannot afford, in time to make a decision on where to attend school.
Although the amount of federal money is a huge contributor in many college students’ decision making process, it is always important to start a college savings fund for your child early on. Sometimes private loans are more attainable than federal loans, which can be a huge help for the increasing prices of yearly tuition fees. Tuition is not the only expense for students, however, books, supplies and food are also a part of the budget.
Food is not only a financial concern, but a health issue as well. Especially for college students, it can be difficult at times to eat healthy on a budget. Julie Wampler, food blogger, and dietitian, Anne Mauney, provide a few helpful tips when trying to stay healthy, while saving money:
- Filling a grocery basket with foods that stretch to multiple meals
- Cooking meals that load up on vegetables, with meat on the side
- Eating a substantial breakfast
- Bring healthy snacks for the day
- Avoid late night snacking