Budgeting for College Students

As a new school year is set to begin for many college-bound students, the biggest concern for many freshmen as well as returning students is budgeting. Many students do not come into college with a steady part-time job, and the waning number of on-campus jobs has left many out in the cold dealing with the busy college lifestyle with little money in their pockets.

The most important budgeting tip to concentrate on is the University’s ability to cater to their students. During the first few weeks of school, the University along with numerous campus organizations offers students free meals. Not only that, but the University caters to the student body with giveaways, ranging from schedule planners to laptops.

Another big expense for many college students is the high price for many common textbooks. There are several remedies to work around these costly texts. Firstly, it is always smart to check the library for all books. Usually, campus libraries will hold one or two copies of every textbook. Along with borrowing textbooks, many websites, such as Amazon and Half.com, specialize in selling textbooks at prices reduced from buying those same textbooks on campus.

Accepting technology as a necessary form of communication is also another great tool in budgeting during college. Instead of shopping for school supplies such as notebooks and writing utensils, there are a wide variety of computer programs which make it easier to take notes on a laptop; and with the surging rate of universities requiring laptop computers, this is a great way of cutting extra costs during the first few weeks of college.

Not only do Universities cater to students during the first few weeks of school, but also during the rest of the semester as well. Attending free campus-wide movie events, along with using all services that the University provides (fitness center, wellness center, etc.), can remedy extraneous costs that are not necessary.

Whenever it comes to budgeting tips, especially for struggling college students, it is always important to stay smart with your money. It is always more important to ask yourself if your purchase is a necessity rather than for luxury, in order to keep your finances always in check.

Jonathan Boral

Jonathan Boral

Jonathan Boral, a junior at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina an avid fan of film, television, and music. He has spent many hours finding the delicate balance between his love for acting, business, and the entertainment industry. Through his school career, he has appeared in several different shows, including the musical Annie and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Not only as an actor, but he has also been able to see the production side of shows as the Stage Manager for Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad. Constantly finding new ways to study the business and production aspects of film and television, he has spent time researching box office returns and film production values, in hopes to one day writing for an entertainment journal, or working as a film producer or talent agent. He plans on further pursuing his knowledge of the business world by becoming an active member of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship Clubs at Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Currently at UNC, Jonathan has received numerous honors. Most highly is his position as the Vice President of the Omega chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi, North America’s largest Jewish Fraternity. Along with this leadership position, he has been nominated for many achievements, including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Leadership Advantage Program, the National Society of Leadership and Success, along with being on UNC’s Dean’s List for multiple semesters.

Now residing in Chapel Hill, he hopes to use his articles as an outlet for further business and financial knowledge, along with connecting to his readers with his youthful perspective. In his free time, he enjoys watching all types of films, playing with his dog Hutch (a chow mix), and spending time with family and friends.
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