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  • Dell Scholars is a scholarship and college-completion program that nurtures and empowers students on their path to a college degree. Dell scholars receive a $20,000 scholarship available for at least six years, a laptop, textbook credits, and tutoring support, among other benefits.

    https://www.dellscholars.org/scholarship/
    Add to Calendar 12/01/2019 true America/New_York Dell Scholars Program Application deadline

    Figuring out how to build a budget

    figuring out how to build a budget

    Create a budget using these five easy steps.

    Most people know they need a budget. But when it comes to creating one — and then sticking to it — it can be tough to get started.

    Whether you’re building a budget for the first time or simply need a refresher course, here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

    Step 1: Track

    For one month, keep a detailed log of your spending. Track all your expenses, from big ticket items, like car, rent, books or tuition, down to the amount you spend on meals and parking. If you are a Wells Fargo customer, consider using tools such as Budget Watch to automate the process of tracking your spending and setting up budget goals. Wells Fargo Control Tower® can also be useful to quickly see what merchants you have regular, recurring payments with.

    Step 2: Organize

    At its core, a budget is a worksheet with two columns: one for income and one for expenses. So, you’ll need to gather your financial documents, such as pay stubs, credit card and bank account statements, phone bills, and car loan bills, to ensure you have enough information to begin tracking the money coming in and going out.

    Step 3: Analyze

    After tracking your income for the month, total your income and your expenses and then subtract your expenses from your income. If your expenses add up to less than your income, you’re heading in the right direction. If not, examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 4: React and Adjust

    After looking at all of your expenses, separate them into categories and set a budget for each. If you think you spend too much in a given area, set a goal that will force you to actively cut back.

    And don’t forget to create a savings category in your budget. How big should it be? Aim for a monthly spending total that’s only 60 percent of your income. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to start saving 40 percent of your income overnight — it can take years to build to that number. But, if you create a budget with a goal in mind, you can begin to balance spending with saving and move your finances in the direction of those bigger savings goals.

    When you are ready to start saving, look into using automatic transfers, so you don’t even have to think about putting money aside each month.

     

    Examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 5: Review

    Make a habit of reviewing your budget every month because your income may fluctuate while in college. Factors like your class and workload each semester and college breaks can impact your earnings and finances.

    It’s also helpful to get a qualified second opinion. That might come from a trusted friend or relative who’s skillful with spending, saving, and investing.

    Once you’re out of college, it could also come from an experienced financial planning professional who can review your budget, offer suggestions, and help answer questions.

    There will be emergencies and events that may divert you off your target every once in a while. But, if you make budgeting a lifetime habit, you’ll have the tools you need to adjust your spending and get back on track.

    Account alerts are a simple and convenient way to make sure you’re staying on budget. With a Wells Fargo account, you can be notified of your mid-month Budget Watch progress, balance alerts, or other activity.

  • For high school seniors applying to colleges, it's important to note that the deadline for regular decision applications is normally between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, depending on the college.

    Add to Calendar 01/01/2020 03/15/2020 America/New_York Regular decision college application deadlines

    Figuring out how to build a budget

    figuring out how to build a budget

    Create a budget using these five easy steps.

    Most people know they need a budget. But when it comes to creating one — and then sticking to it — it can be tough to get started.

    Whether you’re building a budget for the first time or simply need a refresher course, here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

    Step 1: Track

    For one month, keep a detailed log of your spending. Track all your expenses, from big ticket items, like car, rent, books or tuition, down to the amount you spend on meals and parking. If you are a Wells Fargo customer, consider using tools such as Budget Watch to automate the process of tracking your spending and setting up budget goals. Wells Fargo Control Tower® can also be useful to quickly see what merchants you have regular, recurring payments with.

    Step 2: Organize

    At its core, a budget is a worksheet with two columns: one for income and one for expenses. So, you’ll need to gather your financial documents, such as pay stubs, credit card and bank account statements, phone bills, and car loan bills, to ensure you have enough information to begin tracking the money coming in and going out.

    Step 3: Analyze

    After tracking your income for the month, total your income and your expenses and then subtract your expenses from your income. If your expenses add up to less than your income, you’re heading in the right direction. If not, examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 4: React and Adjust

    After looking at all of your expenses, separate them into categories and set a budget for each. If you think you spend too much in a given area, set a goal that will force you to actively cut back.

    And don’t forget to create a savings category in your budget. How big should it be? Aim for a monthly spending total that’s only 60 percent of your income. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to start saving 40 percent of your income overnight — it can take years to build to that number. But, if you create a budget with a goal in mind, you can begin to balance spending with saving and move your finances in the direction of those bigger savings goals.

    When you are ready to start saving, look into using automatic transfers, so you don’t even have to think about putting money aside each month.

     

    Examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 5: Review

    Make a habit of reviewing your budget every month because your income may fluctuate while in college. Factors like your class and workload each semester and college breaks can impact your earnings and finances.

    It’s also helpful to get a qualified second opinion. That might come from a trusted friend or relative who’s skillful with spending, saving, and investing.

    Once you’re out of college, it could also come from an experienced financial planning professional who can review your budget, offer suggestions, and help answer questions.

    There will be emergencies and events that may divert you off your target every once in a while. But, if you make budgeting a lifetime habit, you’ll have the tools you need to adjust your spending and get back on track.

    Account alerts are a simple and convenient way to make sure you’re staying on budget. With a Wells Fargo account, you can be notified of your mid-month Budget Watch progress, balance alerts, or other activity.

  • Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students.

    https://pointfoundation.org/point-apply/apply-now/
    Add to Calendar 01/28/2020 true America/New_York Point Foundation Scholarship application deadline

    Figuring out how to build a budget

    figuring out how to build a budget

    Create a budget using these five easy steps.

    Most people know they need a budget. But when it comes to creating one — and then sticking to it — it can be tough to get started.

    Whether you’re building a budget for the first time or simply need a refresher course, here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

    Step 1: Track

    For one month, keep a detailed log of your spending. Track all your expenses, from big ticket items, like car, rent, books or tuition, down to the amount you spend on meals and parking. If you are a Wells Fargo customer, consider using tools such as Budget Watch to automate the process of tracking your spending and setting up budget goals. Wells Fargo Control Tower® can also be useful to quickly see what merchants you have regular, recurring payments with.

    Step 2: Organize

    At its core, a budget is a worksheet with two columns: one for income and one for expenses. So, you’ll need to gather your financial documents, such as pay stubs, credit card and bank account statements, phone bills, and car loan bills, to ensure you have enough information to begin tracking the money coming in and going out.

    Step 3: Analyze

    After tracking your income for the month, total your income and your expenses and then subtract your expenses from your income. If your expenses add up to less than your income, you’re heading in the right direction. If not, examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 4: React and Adjust

    After looking at all of your expenses, separate them into categories and set a budget for each. If you think you spend too much in a given area, set a goal that will force you to actively cut back.

    And don’t forget to create a savings category in your budget. How big should it be? Aim for a monthly spending total that’s only 60 percent of your income. This doesn’t mean you’ll be able to start saving 40 percent of your income overnight — it can take years to build to that number. But, if you create a budget with a goal in mind, you can begin to balance spending with saving and move your finances in the direction of those bigger savings goals.

    When you are ready to start saving, look into using automatic transfers, so you don’t even have to think about putting money aside each month.

     

    Examine your spending with two questions in mind: “What can I do without?” and “What’s really important?”

    Step 5: Review

    Make a habit of reviewing your budget every month because your income may fluctuate while in college. Factors like your class and workload each semester and college breaks can impact your earnings and finances.

    It’s also helpful to get a qualified second opinion. That might come from a trusted friend or relative who’s skillful with spending, saving, and investing.

    Once you’re out of college, it could also come from an experienced financial planning professional who can review your budget, offer suggestions, and help answer questions.

    There will be emergencies and events that may divert you off your target every once in a while. But, if you make budgeting a lifetime habit, you’ll have the tools you need to adjust your spending and get back on track.

    Account alerts are a simple and convenient way to make sure you’re staying on budget. With a Wells Fargo account, you can be notified of your mid-month Budget Watch progress, balance alerts, or other activity.

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