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Tips for Saving On College Expenses

By: Christy Belden

the-college-prosWhether you’re a traditional, first-time college student or a returning student with other financial obligations, college is expensive. In fact, it can be one of the most expensive-and stressful-times in a person’s educational career, and one where
money can be the scarcest. Tuition is only the tip of a steep financial iceberg, one that can be difficult to navigate effectively. Sometimes, the number of purchases a student has to make can be so overwhelming that they overspend just to relieve
the stress.

But while tuition is rarely negotiable, it is possible to strategically cut spending on other college expenses while still obtaining the tools you need too make the most of
your college experience. By being open to alternative means of obtaining books, supplies and transportation, you can possibly save thousands every semester. Here, we discuss five tips for cutting costs on non-tuition college expenses.

Rent or Buy Used Textbooks Textbooks are notoriously costly. New hardcover textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars, and multiple editions are often used for standard college courses. Students with heavier course loads or more complex
subject matters might have to shoulder expenses in the thousands for books alone. However, there are alternatives to the standard campus bookshop. Online services now offer both rented and used textbooks at dramatically discounted prices. While it takes a few extra days to receive your materials, you’ll ultimately spend hundreds less, even with next-day shipping.

Consider Software Alternatives Nearly every student now carries his or her own personal computer, and professors expect that students have the ability to purchase and use standardized office software. Campus supply stores often sell copies of major-name office software, but these can be hundreds of extra dollars. Alternative programs available online can often be downloaded for free, most with close enough emulation of the standard software format that they can be accepted just the same by professors. Try OpenOffice or GoogleDocs to get started, or invest sometime searching for your own.

Push Your Dollar Farther Even with college classes being moved more and more online, there are still cases in which traditional materials, such as book bags, pens, pencils, notebooks and binders, are going to be necessary. These materials may only be a few dollars at your local chain office supply store. Over time, these expenses add up. Consider making a trip to your local dollar store if you need traditional materials. In general, dollar stores will have back-to-school sales just the same as department stores, but with the lower cost.

Ride the Bus Especially true for universities in large cities, parking passes are also a hefty expense for any college-bound student. Even if you only use your vehicle to make it to class quickly or travel on the weekend, you could pay hundreds each year to allow for parking on campus. A bus pass is considerably less expensive, and while it requires a bit of lifestyle adjustment, it is ultimately easier on your wallet.
You’ll save on gas expenses, parking expenses, and you’ll also be doing your part for cleaner air.

Open a Checking Account Foreign ATM fees are a common occurrence on college campuses. If you’re going to a school away from home, your home bank might not be represented, meaning you’ll be paying foreign ATM fees every time you need cash. And while making ATM withdrawal doesn’t seem like a large expense,
over time fees can slowly add up. Open an account with the local bank or credit union most widely represented by convenient on-campus ATMs. By avoiding ATM fees, you’ll gradually save yourself a respectable amount of extra cash.

Want more tips and suggestions on how to save? Check ‘n Go, a leader in the paydayloan industry, offers many helpful articles on smart savings in their new Financial Planning section.

About the author:
Christy Belden works in interactive marketing for Leapfrog Interactive. Visit LeapfrogInteractive for more information.

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Online Bussiness Administraion Classes Can Enhance You Career

By Rex Kingman

If you’re a parent or otherwise non-tradtional student who is also working a full- the-college-prostime job, taking online business administration classes might be preferable to attending traditional college classes. Earning your degree online can be a good way to advance your career, but keep in mind that finding the right program is often a tricky task. There are a number of factors that must be considered before you begin your studies.

Obtaining an online degree in business administration can mean earning an associates degree, a bachelors degree, or a masters degree. If you have taken college courses  in the past, you may be able to transfer some of your credits to reduce the
amount of time it takes to complete your degree. Some programs also have accelerated learning options, but the fast pace of the coursework can be challenging if you have many other personal commitments to juggle as well.

Be careful when choosing to enroll in an online business administration degree program that is not affiliated with a traditional brick and mortar college. While online learning is becoming increasingly popular, many people still see an online
degree as a low grade education.

Once you begin taking classes to obtain an online business administration degree, it’s very crucial that you stay on a consistent schedule as much as possible. While taking online business administration classes is convenient, the flexible format of online learning also makes it very easy to fall behind in your work. If you don’t reserve time to study every week and ask for help if you’re having trouble understanding key concepts, it’s going to be difficult to earn the grades needed
to get your online business administration degree.

For more information on online education go to:

About the author:
Rex Kingman is a successful webmaster and specializes in reviews of top consumer products.

Filed under: Accounting, Career Path, Career Search, Classes, College Planning, Graduate School, Major, Master's Degree, Online Universities, , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scope of Accounting Degrees

By Cindy Londrie

In every small or big organization there are separate department for accounting. the-college-pros12Accountants are essential part of any organization. Key responsibilities of an accountant is managing an organization plan, checking of ledgers, preparation of financial statement and forecasting and budgeting. Any corporate financial decision is considered incomplete without input from the accountant.

As key decisions of organizations are incomplete without accountant department input, the scope of accounting degrees are always good. Few decades back people do not consider accountant as a career. But in previous few years it is considered one of the key components of an organization and their value is increasing rapidly. Accounting is not confided to one type of organization, accountants are required in every industry like, manufacturing companies, service industry, government organization and public accounting firms.

Accounting is very interesting field as you work with numbers. You will never lose your interest in this field because every year there is amendments in different provision which keep your interest in this field. Normally people think that accountants only do account work and maintain records of income and expenditure which is wrong. Accountants have major prospect of growth in their field. From book keeping to major company’s decision, accountants play an important role.

As technology advancements take place, accounting is also affected. Now only degrees are not enough you should know about accounting software’s. These software’s are specially designed for making company accounting systems easy. If you know about these software’s and have some expertise in these then it will be considering your additional quality.

From time to time scope of accounting is increasing. There are many fields of accounting in which you can do specialization. CPA and CMA are professional courses of accounting beside masters. Chartered accountants are highly paid employees in this era. Their starting salaries are very handsome and they earn a good salary package.

If you get a masters degree of accounting then you would get a managerial level job in any organization. Chartered accountants work in auditing department generally. Cost and management accountant work in budgeting department. They all take part in key managerial decisions.

Before going to take admission in college, try to do some searching on this. Many universities and colleges are conducted these courses. Before jumping to any conclusion, try to find out the best university and college in which you can take admission in your interesting field. Courses are available online and off line for those who can not take classes due to their jobs.

About the author:
Cindy Londrie is the Webmaster of, a website that specializes in providing information on online business accounting schools that you can research on the internet.

Filed under: Accounting, Banks, Branding, Career Path, Career Search, College Financing, College Planning, Graduate School, Graduation, High School, Hiring, Major, Master's Degree, , , , , , , , , , , ,


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