|Young & Free Florida Spokester Alysha Klein shares her tips and tricks|
for saving money at college at our first Lunch & Learn event in Coral Springs
This is an exciting year for me as a parent. My daughter is a senior in high school, and as we approach her last month in school our weeks are filled with family visits, end of year banquets, prom, and of course GRADUATION! In addition we have been very focused on preparing for her first year of college - a very exciting AND scary time. I'm very proud to say that she has been accepted to FIU and will be studying marine biology, her lifelong passion.
Since she was a little girl I watched as her fascination grew for marine life - Shark Week was a BIG event in our household. I also knew that a degree in marine biology would be a must, so I have been putting money into a 529 account for her education. I thought we were pretty prepared for paying the expenses for college, but then I found out that there are MANY more expenses associated with college beyond tuition. There are lab fees, meal plans and books - all of which add up QUICK.
One day I was talking with our Young & Free Florida Spokester, Alysha Klein, about how she tackled all those extras and she had a LONG list of ways to save money - from book loan programs to take out boxes in school cafeterias. When she started listing how many ways we could save money just by knowing the ropes of the different schools, we decided we had to share this information. What better way to share it then over a free lunch!
So now through the end of May we are holding Lunch & Learn sessions at our branches where Alysha will share her own experiences with saving money while at college. If you have a child about to take that leap, you won't want to miss this event. In addition Alysha will tell you about the FIVE $1,000 scholarships Tropical Financial Credit Union will be giving out this year!
Spaces are filling up quick for the events so register today for the next Lunch & Learn: Money Matters Beyond Tuition and learn ways to properly budget for all the expenses in that first year of college.