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  • Spring Loan Counseling

    Graduating with student loans? Remember to register for a loan counseling session this spring!

  • Check out Duke Career Center’s Internship Funding Program!

    The Duke Career Center's Internship Funding Program aims to reduce the financial challenges associated with participating in a wide range of low-paying or unpaid internships. Through the generosity of corporate, individual and class donors, Duke is able to offer competitive grants ranging from $600 to $3,000 for students who accept unpaid or low-paying internships.

  • Duke Partners with iGrad!

    Learn about managing your personal finances through interactive learning modules, news articles, and other helpful resources.

    Use the My iGrad tab to setup your personalized account.

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First Time Borrower Seminar

March 20, 2019 - 4:00:pm

If you are an undergraduate and a first-time student loan borrower, it's important to understand the ins and outs of your student loan.

FREE TAX SOFTWARE

Need assistance completing your tax return?

Depending on your annual income, you may be able to use free software to file your tax return .  Most tax assistance software companies offer a free version to taxpayers with annual income below $66,000.  Below is a list of some of the more popular ones.

These software packages, and a few more are listed on the IRS website  with details about eligibility requirements. 

If you prefer to meet with someone in person, the Duke Law VITA  program is also a good resource.   It is a student-led organization dedicated to offering free tax assistance.  Students can scheudle an appointment through their website.   

Tips and tricks

  • Passwords

    Use complex passwords.  The Duke community can download LastPass  for free from the Office of  Information Technology's website.

  • Start Young

    Start saving and investing young to take advantage of the awesome power of compound interest.

  • How is your Self Control?

    If you are prone to spontaneous spending, consider keeping your credit card in a safe place instead of carrying it with you.

  • Cup of Joe

    Make your own coffee at home.  If you spend just $3.50 every workday for your latte or cappuccino, you're losing over a thousand dollars per year.

  • Tips are Taxable

    Tips are subject to federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes.

  • It's Not Income

    Don’t think of credit cards as another source of income!

  • Stop Unwanted Solicitations

    Opt out of credit card solicitations here.

  • Buying Online

    Many credit card companies offer virtual account numbers that increase the security of online purchases because they are good with only one merchant for only one month.

  • Prompt reporting can save you

    If you do not report fraudulent bank account activity within 60 days of the statement where it appears, the entire loss will fall on you.