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The weather's getting chilly, the leaves are crunchy and pumpkin spice has returned. If you’re a student, this can only mean one thing: It's back-to-school time.

It’s no secret that studying is expensive. There are textbooks, tuition, a laptop, bus passes, food and rent to budget for — and that’s not even all of it.

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It's not cheap being a student. Between textbooks and tuition fees, many of us know the struggle of shopping on a student budget. That's why a lot of brands offer student discount programs to help them afford the things they need.

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Deciding where to go to college is one of the biggest decisions a teenager has to make in their lives, ultimately having an impact on everything from future earnings and potential student loan debt to which opportunities they’ll be afforded to network with alumni.

While every student wants to get the best education they possibly can, there are also other considerations to take into account: location, size, diversity, their field of study, whether they want to study abroad... the list goes on. While most best-college lists tend to be topped with the same handful of expensive Ivy League schools, the U.S. is home to more than 4,000 degree-granting schools with amazing education offerings for every college-bound high school senior.

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It's that time of year: the air is cooler, the sweaters are thicker and everything is pumpkin-ier. That's right, fall — aka back-to-school season — is officially here.

Heading back to school is exciting; you get to reunite with your friends, meet new people and show off your fall wardrobe. But this time of year may also come with some stress. Yeah, school can be expensive.

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The University of Toronto announced this week that all students who are returning to campus this fall either need to be fully vaccinated or submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before their visit.

However, now the U of T Faculty Association (UTFA) is criticizing the announcement and is saying it "does little to ensure a safe return."

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