New Students

Starting college is a time of change, from living away from home to adjusting to college classes to managing your own money. To keep your finances under control during this transition, we recommend these strategies:

  • Budget your money
  • Plan your living situation

Pick a dining hall meal plan that works for you! Meal plans cost thousands of dollars, and it is important to look at how many meals / credits you will be receiving for the week.
Move in with minimal belongings. Save the shopping for food, toiletries and dorm room décor for after you move in. This way you will buy only what you need.
Do NOT bring a car. Each university is equipped with several transportation options (e.g., walk, bike, roller-blade, public transportation, etc.) and parking is outrageously expensive.

  • Save money where you can

RENT or BUY USED BOOKS! There are plenty of places on campus and online which sell or rent textbooks for significantly cheaper than a new book. 
Look for Free Activities on Campus. There are free lunches at cultural centers, fine arts performances and late-night student events in the Union. Also, many dorms free activities at night such as cooking, decorating and flag football.