Going to college is an exciting time whether you are staying at home or moving away but it can be tough financially if you don’t have a regular income and you are on a tight budget. With so many new costs and financial products to consider it can be hard to manage your cash. Below we have listed some useful sites and resources to help you manage your budget.
- DkIT Students Union: Information on managing your money sensibly can be obtained from the DkIT Student Union website.
- Competition & Consumer Protection Commission: The Competition & Consumer Protection Commission provides free and expert information on personal finance and managing money. Check out Going to College on their website and other useful links prior to starting college. Their budget planner will help you to work out what you are spending your money on and compare this with your income. This will allow you to work out a plan that suits you and help you to keep control of your spending effectively. Their Spending Calculator will help you to understand where you’re spending your money and help you to work out a realistic budget you can stick to. it’s a good idea to work out a budget.
- Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS): MABS provides free and expert information on managing your money take a look at this leaflet, First Steps, Second Thoughts, Third Level. The MABS Budgeting Tool will help you work out what you are spending and how to keep it under control while the MABS Information for School Leavers Leaflet is full of useful information for your first year after leaving school.
- Information on Fees and Grants at DkIT: We have all the information you could need relating to fees, grants and scholarships at DkIT.