College students, no matter what age they are, can feel the stress when it comes time to paying back college loans. College isn’t cheap, no matter where you go, and unless you have a full ride or some good scholarships (or maybe some savvy parents that saved up money for your college fund), you will have to get loans and those loans will need to be paid back.

There are a lot of resources for college students available online, including information on financial aid. You can find assistance prior to attending college, once you are in college and even after college is finished, when it’s time to pay back the lump sum of your loans.

Just remember, you do have to pay that money back, no matter how many times you sign up for deferment or forbearance.

Avoiding or Minimizing Student Loans

Student Loan

Some of the most important things to consider before you head off to college and sign a bunch of loans are how you are going to pay those loans back and how you can alleviate some of the loans you are in need of. Loans are stressful, and the less you need to borrow the less you need to pay back.

Apply for as many scholarships as you qualify for. These will help you pay for college with money you don’t need to pay back. Some employers offer tuition reimbursement if your degree is something that will help you be more of an asset to them. Look into this, talk with your manager.

You can also apply for grants, which are another great resource for college students. Grants are available for many and they don’t need to be repaid.

If you to school part-time and work while you attend you can make regular payments to the loans you do need to get and you might have school paid off by the time you finish. You could also opt for a work study program.

How To Handle Student Loans Responsibly

One mistake that many college students with loans make, which adds more stress to their lives, is spending the stipend they get through their loan provider. That just racks up your owed money more and you risk the possibility of exceeding your loan limits. No more loans means no more college if you don’t have money put away to pay for your courses, books and other fees.

If you have no other option than getting a loan, you can also get subsidized loans. The Federal Government pays the interest on this type of loan, which lets you spend just a little less money.

When you get a stipend, use it to pay back that portion of your loans. It might not go a long way, but it helps keep your interest covered and will save you some stress in the long run.

Ignoring your loans is not an option, since that is money you used and the government expects you to pay back. It can ruin your life. Unpaid loans lead to bad credit, which can mean you can’t get a car or a home. And those aren’t even the worst things that can happen. Imagine being on the run because of your unpaid college loans!

Use all of these resources for college students to make sure you get all the information you can before you start college, or sign any papers, and you just might save yourself a huge headache. Talk to your college adviser and college loan officers. Find out your options. Don’t fall into the college money pit.

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I was thumbing through my Pinterest boards the other day, because I was feeling guilty for “pinning” things that I never follow up on, and a recipe called to me! Unfortunately, it was one of those pins that had 3 pictures that pretended they were instructions but no website to back it up.

Anyways it was for a quiche that used sweet potatoes as the crust. How intriguing! I love the idea of a sweet potato spinach quiche recipe because I really want to cut down on my refined white flour and replace it with foods that are nourishing and full of vitamins and minerals my body needs!

Sweet potatoes are a good source of Vitamins C, D, iron, potassium, and magnesium and they are just DELICIOUS :-D . So, I am making this today and wanted to share it with you so you can try it as well.

Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Using a food processor or mandolin, slice the sweet potato into thin slices

Sweet Potato Mandolin
Spray 9-inch round pie or casserole dish (I didn’t have that size container, so I used what I had) with cooking spray and arrange potato slices in crust-like, overlapping form around bottom and sides of dish.

Sweet Potato Slices Unbaked

Spray lightly with cooking spray or oil, and bake for appx. 15 min. until lightly browned. Remove from oven. (Lower oven temperature to 350.)

Use a small amount of oil or cooking spray and saute garlic and sliced onion until lightly browned – about 5 minutes.

Add spinach and saute until wilted. Drain excess liquid.

Whisk together eggs, milk, feta, 1 cup shredded cheddar, herbs, salt and pepper.

Layer spinach mixture over sweet potato crust, then pour on egg mixture and top with 1/2 cup shredded cheese.

Spinach Quiche Unbaked
Bake until edges and cheese have browned, appx. 35 min. Cool and serve.

Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche Recipe

 

Let us know how this take on the quiche works for you!

Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche Recipe

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Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche Recipe
 
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This quiche is perfect for any occasion and pairs well with soups and other dishes.
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Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: French
Serves: 6 slices
Ingredients
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 tbls minced garlic
  • ½ small onion (FGSW doesn't eat onions so we omit, but please use if you eat normally!)
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 + ½ cup cheddar (sprinkle on top)
  • Spring herbs (parsley, dill) to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cooking spray or oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Using a food processor or mandolin, slice the sweet potato into thin slices
  3. Spray 9-inch round pie or casserole dish (I didn't have that size container, so I used what I had) with cooking spray and arrange potato slices in crust-like, overlapping form around bottom and sides of dish. Spray lightly with cooking spray or oil, and bake for appx. 15 min. until lightly browned. Remove from oven. (Lower oven temperature to 350.)
  4. Use a small amount of oil or cooking spray and saute garlic and sliced onion until lightly browned - about 5 minutes. Add spinach and saute until wilted. Drain excess liquid.
  5. Whisk together eggs, milk, feta, 1 cup shredded cheddar, herbs, salt and pepper. Layer spinach mixture over sweet potato crust, then pour on egg mixture and top with ½ cup shredded cheese.
  6. Bake until edges and cheese have browned, appx. 35 min. Cool and serve.

 

 

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