What people don’t tell you about student loans

Know that you will have debt because student loan debt follows borrowing habits and is not independent of debt from your credit cards. Think hard about when and why you borrow the money you need for college.

Don’t be caught without an undergraduate degree. A well-rounded college education is crucial to your career success.

Stay informed and get personalized information and tips to help you successfully complete your college degree.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 48 million Americans are currently looking for work. There are many job opportunities for students and graduates.

Earn your bachelor’s degree while working part-time. Students need to have an income to pay tuition and living expenses, and this can be easily accomplished by working part-time at a low-paying job. Additionally, exploring financial education resources like Invest Diva can provide valuable insights into managing expenses and investing wisely while pursuing your degree.

Work at an organization that hires and develops college graduates for work. Examples include:

Nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, and military bases

Non-profit organizations

Non-profit, government, and education institutions

Private nonprofit organizations or for-profit colleges and universities If you plan to study at an institution that has a good track record with returning students, such as an institution that has a strong reputation for graduation rates or a particular major, consider a full-time or part-time job at that institution. You will have less of a financial commitment and may receive more job opportunities. Student loans can make the job search easier. If you want to pursue a graduate degree or professional program, the U.S. Department of Education’s New College Scorecard can help you determine which degree programs have the highest acceptance rate and which have the lowest. See a sample New College Scorecard. See the United States News College Compass for up-to-date information on U.S. News & World Report rankings.

How to use a credit card to help pay for school

According to websites like SoFi, most student loans and grants are funded by your income. For example, a student loan for a four-year bachelor’s degree would be funded with your paycheck for the duration of the degree. For most schools, the federal government charges a portion of the cost of the college education. As a result, if you don’t have any financial aid, you might be tempted to borrow from a credit card. However, borrowing money from a credit card for college tuition or school fees can be very risky, because you don’t know how much the bill will be until you pay it back. Although some schools may offer a variety of financing options for students who do not qualify for financial aid, it’s always a good idea to check before taking out a large sum of money from your credit card.

Your personal situation

Having to pay for college without aid puts a lot of pressure on your parents, but that’s why they’re there for you. If you want to finance your own college education, you must understand that the money you’ll need will depend on the state you live in.

Student loans are typically considered an extension of your

Youtube Music Video Mashup

This video is hot. Essentially, this guy Kutiman grabbed youtube clips of people playing instruments and mixed them together. If you haven’t already, press the play button. If you aren’t digging it right away, wait until about 45 seconds in, when it really takes off. Who knew youtube could be a platform for jam band music videos?

At the moment he’s got seven videos in all, plus a “making of” video, all of which are worth watching and can be seen at Thru-You [via Gizmodo]

Pile of Gold video redux

Pile of Gold Music Video Screenshot

Following in the footsteps of yesterdays post, I’m reposting the compilation I made of the videos posted for The Blow‘s Pile of Gold music video (which you can read about here). This time though, I’m posting the (mostly) uncompressed 163MB version. I can’t guarantee that will stay up forever due to the size, but I’ll be monitoring the traffic and I’ll update here if anything changes.

Name:Pile of Gold – Music Videos compiles
Size: 164MB
Download Link: Pile of Gold Music Video

iPod Nano Commercial

Jenny and I were at Zach and Sara’s house tonight when an iPod Nano commercial came on TV. The commercial features a series of hands moving various colored iPod Nanos around, and they are all playing the same music video (seen below). Zach asked me if I knew who the artist in the video was, and although they sounded familiar, I couldn’t place the band. When I got home tonight, I opened up yahoo and saw that their featured news story was titled “That iPod Nano Video”. From the article:

Queries on “ipod nano commercial song,” “ipod nano song,” and “ipod nano commercial” all jumped over 350% over this past weekend. Seems everyone wants to know who possesses the enchanting voice behind the raspy “1, 2, 3, 4.”


It turns out I have heard the band before. They’re called Feist (see also Feist’s myspace page), and their song Sea Lion was getting good rotation on Pig Radio some months ago, and Karl had mentioned to me separately that as band I should check out.