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The Student Budget Calculator is a great tool to use to determine how much money you, or your child, will need during the next college term. To use this financial tool you will need to estimate how much will be needed for school, meals, housing, various fees, transportation, entertainment and travel, loan payments, gifts, savings and investments, miscellaneous items, and toiletries. The calculator will also take into account what's available from scholarships, grants, loans, savings, family contributions, student earnings and the like to determine if funds are sufficient to cover expenses and if not, the amount of the shortfall.
The cost of a college education is not limited to the cost of tuition and books alone. It also involves the cost of lodging, food, transportation, insurance and miscellaneous expenses.
Most students who enter college aren't prepared to handle the financial planning and budgeting that is required during the school year, and to tell the truth, most parents are not ready to do this either. One way to get a good idea of how much money a student will need during the school year is to use our Student Budget Calculator.
It's pretty straightforward; just follow these steps:
This calculator is most useful if you:
For general advice on student life, including some great tips and tricks to help you save and make money while studying, head on over to our Student Area. We invite you to submit a tip of your own; the best one each month wins a $200 Amazon gift card!
In situations like this, it is always tough. Parents and other family members will always want what is best for their children, and not being able to afford higher education is a problem faced by all too many. One possible way you can achieve it though, is by using your home equity to pay for college. Follow the link to read more about it and click "Get FREE Quote" to find some lenders who may be able to help you.