2 weeks before college classes start, how do I prepare.
I applied to my local community college recently, I know it’s not a big jump, however I’ve been out of school for 3 years already. I’m 20 years old and graduated 2010 (I was 17) and was never a classroom kind of girl, but I’m a fantastic writer and speaker so I thought I’d make communications...
You’re not too far behind, a lot of college students take a long time due to changing their majors, or having to retake classes (like me). A four year degree is almost impossible unless you have no job and take 17 credit hours a semester. I’m going to take two or three years longer than I originally intended.I have no idea what kind of books you need, but if thy are books you have no interest in keeping, the best thing to do is rent them from Chegg.com, or somewhere similar. That’s much cheaper than buying them, and you usually can’t get back anything close to the original price if you buy and then re-sell. If you do buy your books, buy used. Not nearly as cheap as renting, but still cheaper than buying them. Avoid your campus bookstore if possible, because they’ll generally charge more than other places.Sit in the front of the classroom, especially if you get a large class in a large lecture hall. You can hear better, and thee will be less distraction. I don’t know if you’ll have lecture halls like I’m used to (250 students or so) where you’re going to school, but students sitting in the middle generally talk some, and those sitting in the back are those that don’t want the professor to notice that they skip, FaceBook during class, etc. Also, in the back, you can’t see or hear as well, which applies to any size classroom.I put my schedule on my Google calendar on my smartphone with reminders for where I have to be anywhere, and locations for all my classes, This really helps me personally. You can also probably find apps for to-do lists (I think Google calendar does this as well) and such that will help you keep on top of things.Good luck with your first semester!
Paying for college. Questions. Help.
I am about to be an incoming freshmen to a community college.I have 75% Bright Futures – which does not cover books – and a $4,900 a year pell grant under my belt.Rent(including ALL utilities) is $589.00 a month and I have to be a full time student to live there, in order to be a full time student I have to…
Last semester, I worked on average 54 hours a week while taking 5 classes/15 credit hours. I finished with a 3.60 GPA. I go to a big university.I also have a couple loans. If possible, avoid private lenders like Sallie Mae. They suck. I would recommend only taking out Federal loans.Sometimes it’s hard. You may live paycheck to paycheck and barely get by each month – but hey, you’re a student! You won’t be in this situation for very long.If you’re only working 20 hours, you’ll be fine. It shouldn’t be hard to juggle that on top of homework and studying. Just spend a minimum of 1-2 hours a day studying/doing homework.How much do you think you will spend on books? Check online on websites like Amazon and Chegg. Renting books is A LOT cheaper than buying. I’ve had a lot of luck with Amazon. I just bought (not rent!) 3 books from the Marketplace for $62, shipping included. Buying the books from the bookstore would have cost close to $350.
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Do I qualify for financial aid.
How much do I qualify for financial aid?My mom is a single mom with 4 kids, she make less than 20k a year.I’m a senior in high school with a 3.67 gpa and I really want to go to my state university but I can’t afford it. I’m scared financial aid won’t cover it.
More than likely you will qualify for some sort of financial aid. First things first, FAFSA applications open up for the 2014 (Fall)/2015 (Spring) year January 1, 2014, that is when you can stat filling out your application. But you will need your mom’s tax information and you will both need to apply for a PIN. Go to fafsa.ed.gov where you can get the information for when and how to apply for a parent and student PIN, as well as where you will fill out your information for FAFSA. On this same site you can go to the FAFSA4Caster and just pop in a few numbers (income, assests, etc.) to see you you might possibly qualify for as far as the Pell Grant goes and loans. This will help you in estimating what you might possibly get. But you won’t know what the university has to offer you as far as a financial aid package until you’ve applied, been accepted and accepted their offer. However they do utilize the information that you put on your FAFSA form so make sure to do that right away (again, it opens up on January 1, 2014 for the 2014/2015 school year Fall/Spring).Another thing to consider is possibly a community college where you can take most or all of your general education classes as well as some other classes towards your career goal (as long as they all transfer over). But you should still fill out the FAFSA form as it will help with community college as well. Going the way of a community college and then transferring will help reduce the cost of your tuition and you’ll still get a good if not better education.Now as far as books go, to help reduce cost and save you some money, definitely don’t buy new if you can help it. And you don’t have to buy from the school, you can buy new, used or rent online. My daughter & I both rent as many of our books as we can from online sources (chegg.com, ecampus.com, bookrenter.com, campusbookrental.com, amazon.com, etc.). Renting will definitely save you a bundle of money.Check with your school resources as far as local scholarships go. Most high schools have a list of all the local businesses and organizations that have scholarships you can apply for. A few years ago when my daughter was a senior in high school she applied to all that she qualified for and got the local Rotary Club’s scholarship. Also, if you do go to a community college, they also offer scholarships from local sources so check their website or go into their counseling office/student resources and get their list, and apply when it’s the appropriate time.And going back to the FAFSA form, prior to filling out the information starting Jan 1, 2014, I would print the form and pre-fill it out so you can just pop the information in when it’s time as their system does time-out periodically and this will save you time.Good luck!!Patricia
College students please help with textbooks.
How long did your professors give you to get the required books?I heard that most of the time you don’t know what books you need until the first class. This for me would be a Thursday for some and Friday for the rest. I’m wondering if I’ll have time to look at options, like Chegg, I’d use 2 day…
You can still buy your books online or rent them without getting them in advance. It’s true that you don’t want to get them too early because buying them or renting them online is kind of a hassle to return. However, you can always buy them from the bookstore if you really need them until your books come in through the mail. Just make sure you note the last return date for your college bookstore (usually 2 weeks from the first day of class).
where is the best/ cheapest place for me to order my textbooks online? i have heard half.com is a good site, but i’ve always been a little freaked out about buying online. how do you really know you will get what you paid for? is this also a good place to resell my books from this semester that i will no longer…
Chegg.com. It’s rental site. Usually the best thing to do is rent. If the buyback price for your book is high though, you should buy it and then sell it later. I usually sell my books to chegg. Use this code: cc101135. It works for renting and selling on chegg. (A discount on the rental and more money at buyback.)Good luck!
do you think i would need the textbooks for these classes.
i am going to community college (specifically SCCC) and two of the classes i am taking are Communications 101 and Freshman seminar 101. now on the school website it said the books are required for the class. Now, i have heard of many stories where the professor told them at the last minute that they didn’t not…
Rent them on Chegg or buy older editions on Amazon.There’s really no need to ever step inside of your college bookstore unless the book you need is specifically made for your school (or it’s cheaper there than online). All you need to do is plan ahead and be aware of shipping costs.
How am I going to pay for tuition…..
I applied for financial aid and everything and I received enough money to pay for tuition and books.I was sooo happy until I read on the website that you don’t recieve the disbursement of the money until 30 days after school starts.I don’t know what to do because books are going to cost me $600…
You can see your financial aid office is book vouchers are available for use in the book store.Realistically, I would recommend finding out what books you need (you can do this by looking in the bookstore), and finding them online to rent or buy used. Good sites are Chegg, Half.com, Bookrenter, and Amazon. I’ve always been a full-time student and ever spent more than $200 per semester.
How long can this money last me in College.
I calculated it, and I should have $9,520 saved for college. This is only out of pocket and screw around money, but if i control myself, how far do you predict this can go?
School- about 4 months a semester, about four weeks a month, 7 days a week. . . hmmmschool gear: (jacket, sweats or shorts) –> $200Books: $700, if you use Chegg maybe $300 /semesterPartying every weekend: ($40-60 a night) –> 1,920 /semesterFood/Snacks—> $400 /semesterToiletries —> roughly $400/semesterTransportation—> $500 /semesterYou’re good! people over exaggerate. Unless you have planned some mad shopping spree :)This equals about $7,440 for an entire year. Which leaves you with a little extra!Here’s a code to help you with your books if you rent with Chegg: 5% off CC127408And if you ever buy on amazon, you can save on shipping by signing up a college account(just passing the word as a fellow college student) 🙂
Renting books for college.
I might use chegg.com has anyone used it? Did you have any problems? How long does it take to get your books?
My friend swears by Chegg. I’ve use them before but the 2 main ones that I use are www.ecampus.com and www.bookrenter.com both of which are excellent. I’ve found that ecampus seems to be a bit cheaper than bookrenter and both are cheaper then Chegg. I check out ecampus first and if they don’t have the book I need to rent then I go to bookrenter, Chegg is my 3rd choice.Check out ecampus & bookrenter before you just up & rent from Chegg. See how their prices compare on the books you need to rent.Renting instead of buying new or used is definitely the way to go. Even the local junior college in my town is now starting to rent books to students. Someone mentioned amazon.com, yes they have some cheap books but it still doesn’t compare to renting & also you’re basically at the mercy of the party who is shipping it which usually means media mail & that takes forever.Good luck!
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