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Cutting Costs In College

College can be daunting, for parents and students alike, when it comes to expenses. Ease your stress by checking out the helpful tips below on how to save money before and during your college career.

1. Stay In-State

No disrespect to out-of-state schools, but staying in-state is generally much more affordable. Schools out-of-state can be twice as expensive just because of their location.

If you are determined to leave the nest (and move 200 miles away) consider a state tuition exchange program. Several states allow non-resident students the opportunity to attend participating out-of-state colleges at the same rate they would pay for an in-state college or university.

2. Rack Up College Credits

If you are still a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior, consider courses that offer college credit in return for course completion. Many universities provide reduced cost dual-enrollment classes to high school students, and many high schools offer Advanced Placement courses that could significantly reduce the number of classes you are required to take before college graduation.

3. Find A Roomie (Or Two)

If you are not required to live in dormitory housing during your first year of college, consider living with a roommate, or, dare we say it, your parents. Yes, you may think your parents are not the coolest people, but you know what else isn't cool? Not having enough money eat. Talk to your parents about this option or start the search for a roommate early.

4. Ditch Your Ride

If you decide to live on campus, take your old bike out of the garage and let it see the light of day. Gas is an extra expense that you can eliminate by walking, skipping, dancing or razor scootering to your classes.

5. Dine In

We know it's hard, but now is the time to learn how to cook and meal plan. A few trips to restaurants can be more expensive than a week's worth of groceries. Our suggestion? Make a healthy veggie lasagna, cut it into portions, and freeze the extras for those days when you're hungry but too tired to cook or ask your mom for her recipe (you know it's the best.)

6. Rent Your Books

Mention the words "I need to purchase an advanced chemistry textbook" around any college graduate, and we promise you will see them shudder. Textbook prices are high, and we recommend you rent them. You still get all the information you need at a much more reasonable price.

Also, check with your professor to make sure the book is required for class and not just suggested reading. You may be allowed to just download helpful guides or share books with another student.

7. Apply For Grants And Scholarships!

Lucky for you, we have a scholarship opportunity available right now! We will be recording scholarship videos tonight at March First Fridays! Stop by the Listerhill tent and answer the question, “How will your education benefit your community?” After you record your video, you will be sent a personal link to our online application. We will be announcing our scholarship winners on listerhill.com in April.


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  • The Great Giveback Official Rules

    1. Eligibility: No purchase or obligation necessary to participate and win. All participants must be 19 years of age or older at time of contest participation. Employees of Listerhill Credit Union are not eligible to register for the contest.

    2. How To Enter the Contest: All Listerhill members who have consumer loans in good standing, (subject to limitations below) are automatically entered. Anyone who takes out a new loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or refinances a loan from another lender with Listerhill Credit Union (subject to limitations below) will automatically be entered to win. Limit of one entry per loan.

    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: To enter the contest without a loan, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Listerhill Credit Union, P.O. Box 566, Sheffield, AL 35660, Attn: Great Giveback Contest Entry. Limit one entry per person. Written entries must be received no later than July 3, 2021.

    Listerhill Credit Union will not be responsible for incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible entries or for failure to receive entries. All entries become property of Listerhill Credit Union and none will be returned. Any questions regarding the number of entries submitted shall be determined by Listerhill Credit Union in its sole discretion, and Listerhill Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify any entries by persons determined to be tampering with, violating, or abusing any aspect of the contest.

    3. Contest Entry Requirements: In the event the Credit Union, in its sole discretion, determines that any Entry contains content that does not comply with these Official Rules or does not otherwise comply with regulatory guidelines, Credit Union reserves the right to disqualify the entry.

    4. Determining the Winner: A Credit Union employee will select at random four (4) $500 winners (one per day July 12-15) and one Grand Prize Winner from all entries received on July 16, 2021. You do not have to be present to win.

    5. Prizes: $500 Cash Prize: the Credit Union will award four (4) members with $500 cash each. Grand Prize: The Credit Union will pay up to $25,000 toward your loan with Listerhill Credit Union, or combination of loans. No loan payments will be made to loans with any other lender. No cash equivalent provided, and the total prize amount may be less depending on the outstanding amount of loan balance(s) with Listerhill Credit Union. In no event will the prize awarded exceed the total amount of the winner’s outstanding balance of qualifying loans with Listerhill Credit Union. Federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. IRS regulations require the Credit Union file a 1099 on behalf of the winner.

    A Credit Union employee will call the prize winners and the prize winners will be called up to five times during regular business hours at number provided on entry form and will leave no messages. Failure to reach winner during these calls may result in disqualification of winner, forfeiture of his or her interest in all prizes, and selection of a substitute winner drawn from the drum. Winner will be required to schedule a time, at least 48 hours in advance, to visit Listerhill Credit Union, located at 4790 2nd Street, Muscle Shoals AL, 35661 in person, during regular business hours within seven (7) days of being notified to claim prizes by providing proof of eligibility for prize won and completing and signing an affidavit of eligibility and a liability and publicity release. Failure of any Winner to timely contact the Credit Union, visit the above Credit Union office in person and sign and return any required affidavit and release, or to claim a prize or comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, will result in drawing Winner's disqualification and the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize. Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner.

    6. To be eligible to win, all loans must be in good standing (not more than 30 days past due at the time of drawing. Eligible loans are limited to auto loans (no indirect dealer loans), personal loans (no loans secured by real property, such as mortgages, 2nd mortgages, and Home Equity Lines of Credit) and recreation loans made to consumer borrowers (not business or commercial loans).

    6. Participation. By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Contest. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner's consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of the Credit Union.