Stretching your dollar – managing your money when studying in USA

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The biggest challenge that any international student feels when they study in the USA is how to make the funds last longer in a new country. In such a scenario it helps to know some quick pointers:

  • Buying or exchanging cash at airports is possible but all the various charges can add up quickly. Also students need to remember that they cannot take more than $10,000 in cash in to the country without first declaring it at customs.
  • Understand the banking system – U.S. banks typically offer two types of accounts Savings or deposit accounts and checking or current accounts. When issuing cheques from your account be mindful of the bank penalties for situations where your account may be overdrawn or you may be penalised for insufficient funds.
  • Debit cards to the rescue – if you are going to be studying in the USA for longer duration it would make sense to open a US bank account and get a Debit card. Be mindful though of fine print like amounts for cash withdrawals, any charges for using the ATM machines of other banks.
  • Use credit cards as a last resort – As students though you may not eligible for a U.S. credit card straight away, mostly you would be using a credit card from your home country there are likely to be additional fees (about 2% – 5% of the purchase). However it is good to have one for emergencies and should be used only as such.

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Our academic partners have courses that will allow you to study in USA after 12th and even if you wanted to study for an MBA in USA after your graduation. We have courses to suit all budgets.

By | 2016-10-12T13:30:47+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Study in USA|Comments Off on Stretching your dollar – managing your money when studying in USA

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Hemang Laheru, Director of Marketing and Operations heads the Mumbai Office. Hemang has a MBA in Strategic Marketing from the University of Hull (UK) and has lived and worked in UK for half a decade. In addition he has worked in Strategic roles for companies like DHL Global Forwarding and Goldshield Group plc. He has extensive experience in the internationally including roles in operations, business development, expatriate management, and compliance. Hemang is responsible for existing and prospective client relationships for Smart Move Global Visas worldwide.