How to Save Money in College

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Attending college, even with scholarships, can be a costly experience. Read on for some penny-pinching tips on how to save money while you're in school and explore some of's useful resources.


You may have secured scholarships and financial aid, perhaps even a part-time job, but one of your first 'real world' challenges as an adult on your own will be establishing a budget and sticking to it. Check out some lessons that take just a few minutes to review but can save you hours of time when planning your budget:

Buy Used

From furniture to books and clothing, buying used items equates to more money in your pocket. Find some tips on thrifty spending and some considerations when making major purchases in the helpful lessons below:

Get a Roommate

Whether you live on or off campus, having a roommate or two to share rent and utility costs reduces your own out-of-pocket expenses. Some added savings benefits include carpooling to class and splitting the costs of apartment furnishings. The following lessons can help you determine your budget for household expenses and adjust for how many people you live with:

Cook Your Own Meals

Create a meal plan for the week and prep snacks and meals ahead of time for a quick and easy grab and go meal. You can refer to the lessons below to identify other money management techniques and learn how to set financial goals:

Consider Alternative Ways of Earning College Credit

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Earning College Credit

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Transferring credit to the school of your choice

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