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haveuheard budget umIs There a Budget 101 Class?

If there is a budget class, sign them up! I’m going to start with the dreaded comment starting “when I was in college, we didn’t have…” (insert teenager eye-roll here).  All of us at HaveUHeard can say that we did not have computers, iPads, or cell phones to help us bank, and somehow, we managed to survive.

I can vividly remember making the dreaded call home to my father to ask for money. My parents had three daughters at UF at the same time so finances were a sensitive subject. This was before cell phones (think wall corded phones) and, dare I say it, before the internet. Banking required you to wait for the statement to arrive in the mail. Since we only spoke once a week (again, no such thing as texting, emails or cell phones), having to mention needing money was not exactly a wanted subject. During college breaks, he would sit me down to discuss why I bounced a check, and why I could not live on a budget and other financial issues.

 

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haveuheard scholarship scholarships usfScholarships: Our Suggestions

Almost as soon as the first acceptance to college came in, so did the idea of actually having to pay for their tuition and room and board. When they were small it was something we always envisioned we would do and planned accordingly. With so many scholarships available today, the trick is finding the ones that suit your student’s needs and that they will qualify for. Some scholarships are quite competitive, some last for four years, and some are downright silly, but pay for something. All make those bills for the next four (or more) years more bearable.

Every year, I hear stories about thousands of dollars in scholarship money that are never applied for.  It does take a lot of work and time to research scholarships, apply for them, and to validate the authenticity of them.

 

haveuheard new york

haveuheard new yorkWho doesn’t want to live in New York City?

Ok, I am a little partial. I am a born and bred New Yorker, living in S. Florida for 25 plus years, and I still love it. And so do many of our students, which is why New York is so popular for summer internships. They will need a place to live. Where to look for housing?

There are many options. Most interning students live in dorms in various colleges throughout the city. Space is limited, and demand is high. Reserve your spot early, even if that means putting down a deposit before they actually find their internship. You can start the hunt in the fall, but some may not actually secure an internship for months. Don’t wait as you will find yourself scrambling, which doesn’t always work.

haveuheard study abroad fsu

haveuheard study abroad fsuStudy Abroad?

The world is your classroom. I am a big believer in this adage. Apparently many students agree as Study Abroad programs have become increasingly popular. When researching this topic I was amused to read not only a plethora of information about the various things to look for in a program but also some amusing blogs written by students about how to convince one’s parents to allow them to study abroad. Well, this parent is sold.

I never studied abroad but had friends that did, or who did a semester at sea program.  Their stories and pictures always fascinated me. My daughter has yet to study abroad but is in the process of researching trips that work with her major.  It is a daunting thought of having your child halfway across the world, but the programs offered today are hard to pass up.

haveuheard off campus fau

haveuheard off campus fauOff-Campus Living

It is that time of year when freshman are looking at apartment rentals for next year. Or perhaps your student is already living in an apartment and are being pressured to renew with the promise of no major rent increase. It is hard to imagine making a decision so early, however; the demand for living in certain areas is driving the need to sign early. You will hear them mention specific apartments yet all you want to know is the rent amount, is the area safe, how much it costs to rent an apartment. There will be questions you may not have thought to ask.

With apartment complexes competing to get leases signed early, your student is ready to sign. But will signing early cause them to miss out on special rates offered to fill remnant space? Many parents experienced this last year with their leases running almost $200/month more than late advertised deals.

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