Heading Off to College

Life’s Financial Journeys

Heading Off to College
Getting Out on Your Own
Blending Two Lives
Having a Child
Emptying the Nest
Entering Retirement
Death of a Life Partner
Military Life

Becoming an independent, young adult and heading out on your own is an exciting time. For many, the first time you do this is when you head off to college.

College typically means freedom. However, along with these new found freedoms come some other ‘adult world’ tasks and responsibilities you will need to understand and do.

A number of tasks can help you go through the transition of Heading Off To College. These tasks include:

  1. Managing your own money. “Groceries, gas, rent… They cost how much?”
  2. Finding a place to live. “Should I live in a dorm or rent a place to live?”
  3. Setting up your own banking account. “Where should I bank?”
  4. Getting your first job. “How can I find the right job while in school?”
  5. Using credit wisely while in school. “How can I best use credit?”

Heading Off To College Tasks

1. Managing your own money
2. Finding a place to live
3. Setting up your own banking account
4. Getting your first job
5. Using credit wisely while in school


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