Money's tight for college students. Fortunately businesses know that, and offer many ways to save. Here are some places to start. While some may be small savings, it all adds up.


The most rookie mistake you could ever make is paying full price for textbooks. There are several options and resources to avoid paying full price, or if you’re lucky, even paying at all! Do some research online, and when all else fails – consider renting and ordering digital textbooks. Both options are environmentally friendly – and still help you save.

Your computer

It doesn’t matter if you’re Mac or PC, computer companies appreciate that you ARE the future and offer hefty student discounts. If you require software, like Adobe Creative Suite for example, find their discounts too! They’re out there if you look!

Your student I.D.

It may not end up looking pretty (Come on, does ANY I.D?!), but the perks it will earn you should help you forget about all that. Several businesses - from bookstores to automotive services to the most important of all – FOOD industries – will offer significant discounts or rewards (think: BOGO) to college-aged students who present a school I.D. Again, do your research, and don’t be afraid to just ask! 

Checking/savings account

You’re an adult now. If you don’t have a checking or savings account yet – it’s time. Look into student accounts and their benefits. Often, student accounts offer awesome promotions just to sign up, and they usually don’t have those monthly fees tied to adult accounts. Enjoy it while you can.

Checking for busy students

ONB Student Checking gives you control of your money when and where it's convenient for you, with our highly-rated mobile app, banking centers and ATMs at or near 100+ college campuses, and more than 55,000 Allpoint® ATMs worldwide. Plus, you can open your account online.

Campus amenities

We’re talking transportation, workout facilities, sports, clubs, subscriptions, free food, libraries, computer labs – every college offers amenities to make student life easier – and cheaper. As they should! Take advantage of those options as often as possible. 

Avoid paying full price for anything when you can, and you can end up saving hundreds of dollars a year – and that’s more money in your pocket for spring breaks, dining out and the occasional weekend trip.

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