Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Expense of Learning Documentary Premiere

WhatThe Expense of Learning Premiere 

WhenRelease Date April 12, 2013

WhereMichigan State University’s campus in the Business College Complex (Eppley Center) 632 Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI 48824 in room N130

Cost: Free

AboutThe Expense of Learning is a student produced and filmed documentary, which features local students, officials and educators who talk about the controversial topic of the rising costs associated with higher education across the nation. This film sheds light on the negative impact on their family’s finances, the strain on their relationships and their desire of wanting to complete a college degree but losing hope that they will be able to. 

This premiere is bound to make you think. Many people think of school as a worthy investment. I believe this myself. However, when have to get a job to pay for their schooling then perspectives change. What is the expense of learning? Find out April 12, 2013!

Kristina ~ Expense of Learning Rep: Exposing others to the rising cost of a college education.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Unclaimed Education Credit? Get more back in your Tax Refund

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to post a quick thought on getting tax refunds. As a college student, parent dependent and young & naive ... I did not know that you could claim education credit when you file for taxes. I became aware of this last year 2012 when I went to file my taxes for the first time in my life. I worked a summer job and was very excited to get back what little I did get back. Because I had a full ride scholarship, I did not qualify for the education credit due to me not having to pay anything out of pocket. This is a good thing too :)!

However, on this year 2013 ... I did pay some money out of pocket. One can confirm this by finding the Form 1098 - T and checking to see if the "Amounts billed for qualified tuition and related expenses" is greater than the "Scholarship or Grants" amount. If so then you can qualify for education credit.
1098-T Example: In this case I broke even so no money back.

I am getting back a nice amount due to the education credit. This may be the case for you too! I wrote this in hopes of informing current college students and future college students. If you are in grad school then it is a total different process.

And that is another thing...  if you pay for books, transportation, school supplies out of pocket than you can get money back. Most students do not know this. Check out this list to see what else you could claim.

The expense of learning is definitely an investment!

Thanks for reading,

Kristina ~ ExpenseofLearning Rep: Exposing others to the rising cost of a college education.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

First Michigan SEO Competition for Michigan SEO Gurus!

WhatThe first annual Michigan SEO Competition

WhenAll contest registrations MUST be received BEFORE 11:59pm EST on April 1, 2013.

Where: Completely Digital

Who: All freelancers, agencies and students are welcome.

How: Register here.

Cost: It's FREE to enter!

  • View Contest Rules on here.

More coming soon ...

  • How to win!

ExpenseofLearning Rep: Exposing others to the rising cost of a college education.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New Federal Website: College Scorecard

Check out the new Federal Website College Scorecard! The website is intended to help students make more informed decisions on which college they would like or plan to attend.

The College Scorecard is one of six components to the newly launched Federal Website: Collegecost (Collegecost.edu.gov)

Using the College Scorecard tool:

1. Enter the name of your school.

2. Select from the pop -up drop down list.

3. View information provided

Quickly giving the College Scorecard a test run, I concluded the following:

1. The College Scorecard tool is fairly easy to use.
2. It provides basic information regarding each selected school such as costs, graduation rate, median borrowing, undergraduate enrollment and more.
3. Can search colleges by other criteria besides entering the college name such as Digital Marketing for the Degree & Major. Note: University of Michigan - Dearborn is on of few universities in the United States that offer the Digital Marketing degree.

4. Beneficial to students researching colleges to attend.
5. Greatly beneficial to students who want snapshots of multiple colleges without going to numerous different websites. One stop shop so to speak!

~ ExpenseofLearning Rep: Exposing others to the rising cost of a college education.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Jerrice Donelson selected for Teach for America program

Jerrice is a very inspiring individual who attends the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her goals and diligence in working with high schools will definitely prepare them for college. They will be able to get scholarships and learn what could be done to cut tuition costs. Read more of her accomplishments and goals here.

~ ExpenseofLearning Rep: Exposing others to the rising cost of a college education.