The Dollars and “Sense” of Studying Outside the US
October 27th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

thinkoutside the box174264755Going away for college gives students the opportunity to develop the kinds of life skills that will make them productive members of society. Potential employers look favorably upon the kind of independence that comes hand in hand with leaving home. To be truly successful, though, it is important to be able to demonstrate your ability think critically and “think outside the box”. Easier said than done but there is one way you can work on all three at the same time: pursue your degree outside of the United States.

Now wait, you ask, why would I study outside the US? After all, thousands of students every year sit for rigorous examinations and complete lengthy applications for the chance to study in the US. So it is, and there is no arguing that the quality of an American education is, on average, second to none. Unfortunately, it is also among the most expensive. With already-high tuition rising faster than inflation, an American education is no bargain. This, combined with the fact that four international schools (two in Canada and two in Ireland) made The Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges, means that budget-savvy students should give international options a second glance.

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How To Throw a Halloween Party For Less
October 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

halloween164402512October is upon us and, along with midterms, comes the excitement that is Halloween on a college campus. After all, Halloween and college go together like “trick” and “treat” – but it can be tricky to celebrate on a budget. Between costumes, decorations, and party supplies, expenses can add up fast if you are not careful. Fortunately, we are here to help you with a few party planning tips to help you do more with less. Just follow our advice and you, too, can make your Halloween the stuff of dreams instead of a financial nightmare.

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Budget Friendly Halloween Costumes
October 12th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

halloween143080175Halloween and college go together like peanut butter and jelly. Sure, each is fun enough on its own but with their powers combined the whole thing is even better! Unfortunately, between the parties, costumes, and decorations, celebrating Halloween can also be pricey – all that fun can quickly add up if you aren’t careful. After all, the only thing scarier than another installment of Friday the 13th is student loan debt (especially since that particular nightmare lasts more than two hours)! Fortunately, we here at International Student Loan have some tips that can help you make the most of your Halloween without breaking the bank. First up, looking the part; here are a few budget friendly Halloween costume ideas:

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Housing Expenses and How to Budget
October 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Frankel

dorm200434112-001When moving to another country for a semester or year there are always unexpected expenses that arise, but the most important element to studying abroad is knowing where you will be living. The cost of housing while you are abroad will depend on the type of residence you choose and what you need to budget depends on what type of program you will be traveling with. When studying abroad you normally have the option to live with a host family, live in student housing, or find your own apartment. In order to appropriately budget for your housing expenses it is important to consider all the possible costs. Here’s a quick guide to help you consider the expenses that come with each option: Read the rest of this entry »