If you’re an international student coming to the United States on an F1 visa, you probably have a bank or debit card that you use for your daily expenses. But there are several times when you’ll also want and need actual credit.
As we traverse through the realm of college, we often find our lives masked behind mountains of debt. The cost of life seems to leave little room for us to travel and experience our youth. This issue raises the question, “Should you travel while you are in debt?”
Does the idea of living and working in Ireland set you into an immediate daydream? We know the feeling. But it doesn’t have to be a dream. You can intensify your resume and your work experience with an unforgettable opportunity working abroad in Ireland this year. Not only will you gain work experience, but you get to travel abroad and check another destination off of your bucket list while earning an income and real life perspective by living in a new country. (more…)
Unlike most other student bloggers, I have never traveled outside the country.
A foreign trip for me is leaving New England, something I have only done three times. This is partially due the costly expense required, but also due to severe food allergies that may be difficult for people to fully understand in another country, where English is not the main dialect. So unlike others traveling across Earth for spring break, I will be visiting my brother in Manhattan, a 4 hour ride on the Peter Pan bus line away. (more…)
The US Tax Season kicked off at the end of January which means you can now file your US tax return. While this might not sound like particularly good news, tax experts Sprintax assure us that it is. Why? Because most international students in the US who file their US tax return are entitled to a tax refund. A tax refund – or windfall – is a pretty nice way to kick off the semester. So, how do you file a tax return and how much money could you get back? (more…)
Studying overseas is a great way to enhance your academic experience while increasing cultural awareness and tolerance. Studying abroad will help you develop a deeper understanding of the world, and will contribute to career marketability, as well as personal growth. Employers seek employees with good communication skills and cross-cultural competence—both of which are fostered through studying abroad. However, whether you are an international student studying in the United States or a US student studying abroad, studying in a country other than your own is expensive. The following are some ways to help you fund your overseas education. (more…)
Studying in the US can be an enriching experience, not just for your education but also for your personal life as you explore a new culture and make new friends. But just because you’re abroad doesn’t mean you have no obligations – especially when it comes to your tax obligations. Luckily, Sprintax is here to tell you everything you need to know about your tax obligations while you’re studying in the US. (more…)
Did you know that students have their own set of tax laws? In college, there are different tax rules that apply. Take a look at some of these unique tax laws for students:
If you are a US resident, you will have a base tax of 14 percent on everything you make while in college. Scholarship money is often subject to this tax as well. Most students are still on their parent’s taxes, so it is important to discuss the potential tax with your parents to avoid shock during tax time. (more…)
Most of us fall into one of two categories: those who desperately want a smartphone and those who have become dependent on the many wonderful features their smartphone has offered them. The bad news is that, while the wonders of smartphones are nearly undeniable, so is the high cost. Purchasing and maintaining a smartphone is not cheap! Fortunately, there are some ways to beat the system, and I managed to get myself a shiny new iPhone and unlimited talk, text, and data plan for a price that’s hard to believe! And I did it all without locking myself into a two-year contract, a.k.a. death trap. (more…)