Here’s the news that caught my eye today while thinking that this is what your tuition dollars are going toward.
(And just wait until that eagle sues the school for its injuries! Fees will jump even more!)
- Typically, lenders look at your credit score to determine whether to give you a loan. But what about the millions of people who don’t have a credit score? Well, some financial companies have found a new tool to vet these individuals: Facebook. A few startups are using social data to determine the risk of lending, knocking down people whose so-called “friends” have been late on payments. So, yup.
- College students, meet your new hero: Matthew Levy. Levy got his school to do something many of you probably dream about—admit that they were charging him too much money and actually refund him the overage. Of course, there were extenuating circumstances (Levy, an in-state student was being charged the out-of-state rate), but still, consider it a win.
- Kiplinger recently got right to the heart of the matter, naming Omaha, Neb. the best U.S. city for “cheapskates.” They based their research on a few different factors, including cost of living, free events in the area, and (Shane’s favorite) the number of dollar stores near the city. Not included in their analysis? Omaha is the birthplace of the TV dinner and Raisin Bran (both definitely for cheapskates!), as well as this Counting Crows song (fit for all).
- Dreaming of the bright lights of movie stardom? Well, the heat from those lights can make for “an uncomfortable time on set.” Yes, that’s an actual reason U.S. News gives as to why acting is one of five dream jobs that aren’t so dreamy. (They cite heavy costumes as being a deterrent as well. Although love from your costars probably lessens that blow.)
- Feel like the waiter at that restaurant really hates you? Well, take heart: It’s probably just because he really hates his coworkers instead. That’s because food preparation and serving is one of 10 professions where employees loathe the people they work with. So, next time you’re at the restaurant, just do the kid a solid and order the table-side guacamole.
- GrubHub recently asked, “Do college students eat like the rest of us?” Well, my freshman year of college, I ate chicken nuggets and fries everyday. Sophomore year, I moved onto a regimen of two grilled cheese sandwiches, while also grabbing King Cones from the dining hall freezer by the handful. Such habits would now be the end of me—but not others, as they found that all our eating habit are broadly the same. (Though college students do love mozzarella sticks more than the rest of us—by 186%! I mean, obviously.)
What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments.