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5 Helpful Back-to-School Financial Tips


By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The new school year is right around the corner, and now is a great time to make sure you are prepared for financial success! With the busyness of your college schedule, it can be easy to lose track of finances. However, with these simple back-to-school financial tips, you can ensure you will stay on the right track throughout the year!

Double-Check Your Financial Aid

When it comes to financial aid, it is important to know what your school’s requirements are. Before the school year begins, confirm that your school has all of the required documents and a current version of your FAFSA. This way, you can make sure the financial aid process is not delayed.

Continue Looking For Scholarships

Did you know that scholarships may be available to you throughout the school year? There are many helpful websites that you can use to find scholarships that may apply to you. If this is something you are interested in, it is best to start applying for scholarships sooner than later!

Use Student Discounts to Your Advantage

During your time as a college student, you may be able to receive discounts on your purchases! So, while you are shopping for back-to-school supplies, be sure to ask about student discounts. You may be able to receive discounts on electronics or even plane tickets just by being a student!

Make the Most of Your Resources

There are many student resources to take advantage of while you are in college. For example, learning resources such as your campus library and tutoring services can allow you to successfully navigate your academic journey. In addition, you can save money by using resources like the campus fitness center, health and wellness center and your pre-paid meal plan.

Set a Budget for Yourself

Last but not least, it is important to set a budget for yourself to follow throughout the school year. As a college student, it can be easy to lose track of what you spend. Therefore, it is important to organize your spending and give yourself limits. For example, categorizing your budget into what you will spend on food, recreational activities and other monthly expenses can help keep you on track throughout the semester!

Grand Canyon University aims to keep tuition costs competitive so that a private, Christian education is within reach for all students. To learn more about GCU, visit our website or use the Request More Information button at the top of the page.

About Lauren Abraham
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Communications Major, Digital Copywriter for GCU Blogs

Lauren Abraham is a junior at Grand Canyon University. She was born and raised in Phoenix and enjoys living here. She has loved her time at GCU so far, as she has made many friendships and discovered what she is passionate about. Currently, she is studying communication with a minor in marketing. She has always loved writing and working with people, and one day hopes to become an editor or journalist. In her free time, she enjoys staying active and spending time with her family and friends.

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