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Did My Tuition Fees Go Up?

  Happy New Year ya’ll! Spring semester is here and as I was going over my course schedule and deciding whether to drop a course, I noticed that my tuition fees had drastically increased. I typically take two courses since this is what my stipend covers but previously I decided to add a third one. After thinking that this may not be a good idea due to my busy schedule I decided to drop the course but not before I realized that my fees had gone up by over $2K! I do remember there being some talk about the increase of fees and there being an open forum regarding this but I was not expecting the increase to be so expensive! Figure 1: This is a thumbnail from my latest YouTube video on “Did My Tuition Fees Increase?” where I am looking at the camera with a confused look. I am wearing a gray and black dress and my hair is short, black, and curly.   In case you did not know tuition fees include things like the gym, health services, the counseling center, and other services on campus that ser

MORE Tax Tips for Students

 

(This a photo of a sign that says "taxes" on a pile of money used as a thumbnail for my YouTube video on MORE Tax Tips for Students!)


About a month ago, I recorded a video where I discussed the 1098-T. That video is now over 1.8 views and is continuing to grow by the day. Thank you all for your support! Well that got me to thinking what other tips can I give to students who are filing taxes this year? In case you did not know, the IRS opened on February 12 and many people have already received their tax refunds. Check out these quick and easy tips below if you are a student who plans to file their taxes soon. 

1. Know your dependent status. Are your parent’s claiming you this year? If you’re unsure, ask them. This will help you to determine what tax credits best fit you.
2. Scholarships are non-taxable income! Apply for as many as possible. You could even claim a tax credit of up to $2,500 if you are not a dependent.
3. Pay interest on your student loans. Pay the interest on your student loans even if you’re still enrolled. This will help more of your payment go to the balance once it is time to start making payments. You may even qualify for a tax deduction once you receive your interest statement in the mail!
4. Be on the lookout for important tax documents. What address did you put on file? Your school dorm or your home address? Be sure to use the address that you will be located at around tax time.
5. Do not pay to file your taxes! Use the IRS free tax website or VITA, the volunteer income tax assistance program


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