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APSCUF believes quality, affordable higher education should be available to everyone in Pennsylvania. By supporting endeavors such as the Pennsylvania Promise, we’re working for students as well as the faculty and coaches we represent. With college affordability and the upcoming fall semester in mind, we collected links to help students on the financial and academic fronts. And because college life doesn’t just encompass studying in the library for endless hours, we’ve included resources for staying healthy and eating right — both part of a successful college career.

Finances

  • Interested in seeing whether you qualify for money that can be applied toward college? Use this link to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. FAFSA awards qualifying students with financial packages such as Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and can help you set up a work-study program. The lower your household income, the more you potentially qualify for in financial aid.
  • You can end up spending up to double or triple at a college bookstore than you would buying textbooks online. Always price-check books on websites such as Chegg and Amazon, both of which offer special prices for students.
  • Click here to read Forbes’ 10 best money tips for college freshmen.
  • Don’t let your friends make you think couponing is lame. In fact, you can save a ton of money by doing it. Check out websites like The Krazy Coupon Lady and Passion for Savings to start saving money today.

Food

  • Cafeteria food might not be the greatest, but it certainly can help save you money in the long run. Always price-check a meal plan at your university before going out to Subway or Pizza Hut every night.
  • Dr. Michael Martin, associate professor of English at Bloomsburg University, developed a student-powered website titled “Healthy Husky,” where students can check out ways to prepare healthier foods, sleep better, and learn about holistic wellness. You can check it out here.

Academics

  • School can be hectic — no doubt about it. Always make sure you’re prepared for class, homework, and exams. Online and mobile organizers, such as My Study Life, can help you plan for success.
  • Curious as to what your GPA is but don’t have a transcript on hand? Use this free GPA calculator to see where you stand on that quest to graduation.

Health and fitness

Free activities

  • Volunteer at your local animal shelter or for any other cause that you’re passionate about. For more information, visit Volunteer Match.
  • Try geocaching. Check out this link to learn more about “the world’s largest treasure hunt.”
  • Explore your college town and learn about the area’s culture and history.
  • Have a movie marathon by borrowing some free films from the library in your town.
  • Check out a good book from your university’s library or your local community library.

—John Danvers, APSCUF intern