According to College Board, the average in-state tuition for a public, four-year college or university was $8,893 in 2013, increasing 2.9 percent from the previous year, yet the smallest increase since the 1970s. The average tuition for a private four-year institution was $30,090, increasing just 3.8 percent.
Though the cost of education is high, a student and their family can offset some of these costs by saving money in other ways. Couponing (http://www.imin.com/
According to Imin.com, many undergraduate and graduate students see couponing to be beneficial. In fact, last year, one in five students surveyed by Study Breaks and Campus2Careers.org say they are constantly looking for mobile deals (http://www.imin.com/
St. Charles-based I’m In is a free service that offers consumers, like college students, a new way to shop both online and in-store. The company works alongside hundreds of merchants around the country in various categories, including Office Depot, eCampus, Best Buy, and Target, offering exclusive coupons, discounts, sales, and freebies (http://www.imin.com/
If the coupons aren’t enough, I’m In is awarding the ultimate coupon (http://www.imin.com/
Questions to ponder include: “Why do you look for coupons prior to shopping?” “If coupons are never part of your purchasing routine, why?” “Are certain barriers preventing you from using coupons while purchasing products?” “Does your decision to purchase a product ever hinge on the possession of a coupon for that item?”
This student may be enrolled in any accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program, as long as they attend in the fall of 2014 and/or spring of 2015.
Essays will be published on I’m In’s website (http://www.imin.com)
Those interested in applying for this scholarship must submit their essay via email to scholarship@