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Credit Management Workshop Recap

Credit Management Workshop Recap

What do you know about building credit? At our latest workshop we went over how to read your credit score and report, building your credit, staying safe from identity theft, and resources to learn more information about credit. Here is a quick recap of what you...

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Pathway Oregon – What Is It?

Pathway Oregon – What Is It?

Oregon residents are being offered a generous scholarship program that has become a large topic of conversation among incoming freshman. Pathway Oregon is funding the education of 3,000 Oregonians who are Pell Grant eligible. Affording college is a daunting thought....

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Study Abroad Workshop Recap

Study Abroad Workshop Recap

Did you miss Financial Flight Plan’s second workshop of the term? This workshop was all about letting students know about their financial aid resources related to a study abroad program. Here is a quick recap to get you caught up. The first step you have to take is...

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Are You Budgeting More and Borrowing Less?

Are You Budgeting More and Borrowing Less?

Welcome back to campus, Ducks! It’s that time of the year when the excitement to be back on campus dies down (only a little bit) and students and faculty get settled into their new apartments and classrooms. All of us here at the financial aid office want to make sure...

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The Search for Scholarships

The Search for Scholarships

My position at the financial aid office gives me the opportunity to work with students who have drastically different backgrounds. I talk to students who are eager to find scholarships to help fund their education, students who are completely overwhelmed by the...

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Credit Essentials

Credit Essentials

Credit is important.  There are many discrepancies about credit.  Some people live by it and others stay clear of it, but you cannot run from it.  There are certain advantages that come from establishing and maintaining strong credit, and there are also things that...

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Directions to Get Summer Aid!

Directions to Get Summer Aid!

The summer term is great for taking classes. You can enjoy the sunshine while you study and the classes are generally a bit shorter than the normal fall, winter, and spring terms. The financial aid office does offer financial aid during the summer term, but it will be...

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Quick Tips About Student Loans

Quick Tips About Student Loans

College is not cheap!  Many students take advantage of the opportunity to receive assistance for their education.  This investment is important, but being mindful throughout the process is critical! Know your interest rates! Interest rates can sneak up on you if you...

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Who’s Thinking About Housing?

Who’s Thinking About Housing?

Planning to stick around Eugene over the summer?  Taking summer classes?  Maybe you have a summer job or internship?  Well, it is time to start planning for housing!  Here are a few quick tips and reminders about the process. Social Media is Your Friend! Whether you...

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Starting Financial Aid as a Freshman

Starting Financial Aid as a Freshman

Have you signed your intent to register, looked over your financial aid award package, and now you are stuck between figuring out where to go next? Here is a guide to help you get your financial aid started and ready to go leading up to your freshman year. Step 1:...

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Eating Out While Also Stretching Your Dollar

Eating Out While Also Stretching Your Dollar

Students love to go out to eat, but you have to be able to stretch your dollar. Eugene has a variety of different food options available from 5 star dining to a dollar menu. I’ve looked into some resources that can help you find deals to enjoy on your next night out....

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Make Financial Literacy Month Count!

Make Financial Literacy Month Count!

Happy April and Happy Financial Literacy Month! This month The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships is encouraging students to focus on financial goal setting and financial literacy in general. The office’s financial literacy program, Financial Flight...

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Steps to a Monthly Budget

Steps to a Monthly Budget

By: Karalyn Arnett Everyone needs a budget. If you have a small source of income, a large source of income, or even just your financial aid refunds you should have a plan on how you are going to stretch out your money. A budget can sound intimidating to a beginner,...

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Time to Look for Housing!

Time to Look for Housing!

Have you been looking for a place to live with the new friends you made while in the dorms in college? Then you probably know that rent is expensive. Getting an apartment is what the majority of students decide to do when moving out of the dorms. It is the next step...

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Verification is Important

Verification is Important

You took advantage of the early FAFSA deadline and submitted your application in October, but now what do you need to start thinking about to ensure you’re ready to go for Fall term 2017? Verification requirements! You may have gotten an email from the financial aid...

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New Year, New Financial Goals

New Year, New Financial Goals

Happy 2017! New year, new you – right? Ok, maybe not for all of us. If anything, at least try to make some new financial goals for yourself! You do not have to do anything large, but if you are able to put some money aside each month from whatever your source of...

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Cheap Ways to Stay Relaxed

Cheap Ways to Stay Relaxed

By: Karalyn Arnett Week 10 pops up out of nowhere for some students. Students are just getting off break and back to campus to face their heavy work loads. Final projects, papers, group meetings and work. All this happens during Week 10 and it can be a lot to...

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Become Your Own Barista

Become Your Own Barista

By: Karalyn Arnett Coffee, for me, is typically what tends to push my budget over the edge sometimes. Staying at $10 a week is what I plan for when I put together my budget for the term. Depending on my order that allowance lasts for two or three trips. Here are a...

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Decrease your Loans Today!

Decrease your Loans Today!

By: Angela Hahn If you want to take out fewer loans, you need to find more scholarships! To find scholarships to put in your planner, you need to be looking in a few different places. The first is the Financial Aid and Scholarships website (financialaid.uoregon.edu),...

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Do You Have Interest?

Do You Have Interest?

By: Angela Hahn The term keeps going even if you don’t. It’s officially week six which means that we are in the midst of midterms, Halloweekend coming to a conclusion, and sicknesses are running rampant. While it may be a challenge to accomplish, with staying up to...

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Who Are The Bloggers?

Who Are The Bloggers?

Read below to find out some more information about our three student bloggers:     Angie is a first generation college student who is double majoring in sociology and theatre arts. She is currently a junior and will graduate spring of 2018. Outside of class,...

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The More You Know…

The More You Know…

By: Angela Hahn For me, some of the most stressful moments of college happened before I even walked on campus my freshman year. As a first generation college student, I had a very remedial understanding of anything that had to do with financial aid. I was aware of...

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Don’t Play Yourself

Don’t Play Yourself

By: Karalyn Arnett Did you receive a refund? It could be tempting to spend it all without thinking 11 weeks down the road when you have rent due in December and winter break is right around the corner. Don’t be left without money. Plan ahead by making sure you are on...

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Quick Ways to Make Cash$

Quick Ways to Make Cash$

Have a Garage Sale One of the easiest ways to get rid of stuff you don’t need nor want, and make cash fast. It keeps the clutter in your life at a minimum and helps you gain some cash in hand fast. If you have large items to sell use Craigslist! It’s very good for...

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Traveling on a Tight Budget

Traveling on a Tight Budget

Train Travel Amtrak Discounts for college students: Save 15% on travel year-round Amtrak offers discounts to students ages 17 to 25. With a valid Student ID you are eligible for 15% off the lowest value or flexible fare if you book your travel just 3 days in advance!...

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Eating on a Tight Budget

Eating on a Tight Budget

Being a college student I know how hard it is to eat healthy on a tight budget. I am going to provide you with some ideas on what to do to eat healthy on a tight budget.

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Save on Housing

Save on Housing

Although it might be tempting to have your own little abode, it’s so much cheaper to split your expenses 50/50. Why pay $700 when you can pay $400 or even $325?

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Small Steps Lead to Big Adventures

Small Steps Lead to Big Adventures

College is a great time to travel. College also feels like a huge obstacle to traveling. Between books, tuition, and Top Ramen, how are you supposed to afford plane tickets, museum passes, and the opportunity of a lifetime? Is it even worth the stress and planning? Yes!

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Scoring a Financial Goal

Scoring a Financial Goal

At the end of high school, before I ever had a real job, I made a spreadsheet estimating how much I should have in savings by the end of each month. Somehow, I came to the conclusion that I would have $30,000 in savings by the time I graduate college.

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A Do-It-Yourself Holiday

A Do-It-Yourself Holiday

Save your hard-earned cash this holiday season and DIY some homey gifts! Not only are DIY gifts cheaper, but your friends and family will feel super-appreciated knowing that you took the time to make them something full of love and thoughtfulness! So kill the urge to...

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$43.20 to FULL – The Good, The Bad and the Yucky

The week is over and I have checked out from the Roanoke Colony (see 45 to Full). Although my challenge is definitely doable, being a chronic mid-week grocery shopper (self diagnosed via WebMD, thank you very much), I found the struggle to spend no more than $45 per...

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45 to Full

45 to Full

This week I’m going to challenge myself and hone my penny pinching skills by capping my grocery spending at $45.

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