facebookI have just completed NS and saved up about $20k. I am planning to use this money to pay for my Uni school fees too. Should I still invest while paying for my school fees? - Seedly

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Anonymous

19 May 2020

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General Investing

I have just completed NS and saved up about $20k. I am planning to use this money to pay for my Uni school fees too. Should I still invest while paying for my school fees?

I see myself to be working part time or taking up internships over the course of University, which will also bring in some income over the 4 years. Should I just keep this money in the bank or should I invest? Please advise!

Discussion (2)

What are your thoughts?

Sabrina Wong

Sabrina Wong

01 Dec 2021

Communications at University at Buffalo

Congrats on ORD and starting a new chapter in your life!

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Pang Zhe Liang

Pang Zhe Liang

19 May 2020

Senior Financial Services Consultant at AIA Singapore Private Limited

Goal

Firstly, I will suggest for you to create a well-defined goal. For example, understand the total school fees that you will need to be paying at the end of each school term. Furthermore, determine your income potential and expenses during this period.

Here is a Guide:

Understanding Your Personal Cash Flow

Surplus / Shortfall

After we have these information, you will know exactly how much is your surplus or shortfall for your goal (e.g. school fees).

If you will have a surplus, then you can use this amount to invest. In effect, we are taking the conservative route to ensure that you pay your school fees on time.

Banking

Meanwhile, if you are between 18 to 26 years old, then you should consider Standard Chartered JumpStart account. This is because it gives an interest rate of 2% per annum for your first $20k balance. Furthermore, there is no fees and minimum balance required in order to maintain the account.

Moreover, it comes with a debit card that gives you 1% cashback on eligible spending. With this in mind, it is certainly a worthy account for a start.

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