Paying the tuition is just the beginning of college expenses. Fortunately there are plenty of people to help with that. The financial aid departments of colleges are vast and have many employees who know how to help you secure the finances you need for your education.
Even though the books have been paid for, and the meals have been taken care of, there are still many, many expenses that need your attention. What if you need pens and pencils, or on a larger scale, a laptop, voice recorder or things for your dorm room? These are all expenses that come up. Most college kids don’t have a lot of cash to carry around, and most parents of college kids don’t want their children carrying around a lot of cash.
A prepaid debit card is a great solution. You only spend the money that is on the card, and if more is needed, the student or parents can load more money onto the card. If you have a part-time job while going to school, you can load your paycheck right onto the card. When you have used the money on the card, you cannot use it again until more money is put on it. This will keep you from overspending, or frivolous spending.
Use your prepaid debit card through the college years. It is money that is available to you when you need it. Do you need lab fees? Are there some hidden expenses you had not planned on? Depending on your course of study, as you go through college you will learn exactly what you need—so be ready to pay for it to ensure that your higher education is working for you.