Last weekend might have been the most exciting point yet for us at BrowseU. We took a road trip and hand delivered a $500 check to our first funded user! We drove from Chicago, IL all the way to Lawrence, KS to meet up with Craig C. at Kansas University. Not only were we able to take in the surroundings exploring the University and city, but we also got to see our platform working first hand. It was a great feeling delivering this student loan payment, and an even better one knowing how much it was going to help and how grateful Craig was to receive it.
For all of our users reading this, you should feel great too. BrowseU wouldn’t have had this opportunity without the dedicated users who have adopted us as their main search engine. This continued support has helped raise student loan money day after day. We’re excited about continuing our journey and getting the opportunity to help as many people as possible along the way.
If you’re wondering how you can contribute more, we’ve recently made it even easier to convert your default search engine to BrowseU within Google Chrome. Check out our brand new Chrome Extension here:
Simply install the extension and you’re done! Your URL bar will automatically be converted to the BrowseU search engine and you can start helping us raise money for student loans.
As promised, we now have a brand new feature adding an additional option to help raise money towards student loans. The BrowseU shopping section is yet another feature that takes an element from your regular life routine, just like our search engine, and turns it into something that can make a difference.
We’ve made our shopping section as easy as possible to use. Simply navigate from our shopping page to any of the partner companies listed, using our “Shop Now” buttons, and shop. A percentage of everything you order will be donated right into our student loan funding bar. Just by making your normal online purchases you’re now simultaneously helping a good cause. The prices are exactly the same. The only difference is, when you begin from our shopping page a donation from your purchase is given back.
We already have some great partners to do your shopping with including Amazon, Groupon, Carhartt, and more! We’ll be continuously updating this page and adding more partners to cover all your online shopping needs. If you have any recommendations feel free to let us know at [email protected]
Click Here to Visit our Shopping Section!
Once again we’ve hit another user mile stone even faster than I could have ever imagined. Just five days ago we posted a blog about our increase from 1000 to 1500 users in just under a month. We had found that pretty amazing at the time. However, less than a week later we add another 1000 new users shooting our total up to 2500! We’re very excited about this growth and the impact it’s going to have on BrowseU and our users. We definitely can’t take all the credit. We’ve seen some great promotion being done by many of our users on their own time. One user has even passed 200 referrals! We are very fortunate to have users that support what we stand for and make an effort to help us continue to grow.
This is a very simple process that will turn your default search engine for Google Chrome into the BrowseU search engine. Once complete, it will be basically effortless to remember to use our search engine. Doing so will have a drastically positive effect on our activity and increase the amount of student loan money we can generate. Just follow the 4 quick steps below:
Step 1: Go into your Google Chrome settings. Click on the hamburger button in the top right corner of your browser and select “Settings” in the drop down menu.
Step 2: Under the “Search” section click on the “Manage search engines…” button.
Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the window and enter the information below. Press the “Enter” button on your keyboard once you’ve done so.
Step 4: Locate “BrowseU” under the “Other search engines” List and hover over it with your mouse. Click on the “Make Default” button that appears.
Now you’re done! BrowseU is now your default search engine. If you have any problems with this please don’t hesitate to contact us for help at [email protected]
There are many government-based programs people can use to obtain financial aid for their studies, whether it be through grants or loans, but for the most part people tend to not only take out loans from the government, but privately as well. This leaves many in the scary post-graduate position of standing underneath a looming cloud of debt. As thousands stand in their caps and gowns, semester after semester of students wonder why they were so enticed by ‘free money’ – what was once was amazingly free is now not only very real, but owed to someone stronger and more powerful than you.
Although debt can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be debilitating. Everyone knows how to get money from the government, but what many people don’t know about are the existing programs that help students manage their debt. One of the best programs that offer post-graduation loan payback is the Revised Pay as You Earn, or REPAYE Plan, which was passed in late 2015 by the Department of Education under the Obama administration. The plan is overall great for students, but still has its downfalls. The concept of the REPAYE Plan is essentially that each individual is required to pay at least 10% of whatever their monthly income is. For example, for a student that is only making $1,000 a month, they are simply required to make a $100 payment toward their bill. This plan is fantastic because it not only accommodates to everyone’s different levels of income, which vary greatly, especially after college, but because it also offers the everyday post-graduate some room to live comfortably while they still figure out how they’re going to pay back their loans long-term. Additionally, the program offers assistance to those who simply don’t have an interest in having a big, successful career that college expects you to venture out for. It’s known year after year that a college degree is having less and less value, especially with this current generation. This leads to the negatives of the REPAYE program, which is the fact that it gives students incentive to pay back their loans slower, and thus gives less incentive to work hard, although for some a simple life is all that’s desired.
Whether you’re looking for a bit of assistance while you’re getting adulthood together, or simply looking for a helping hand so that you don’t have to work yourself to death to pay back ridiculous monthly payments, the REPAYE program’s benefits certainly outweigh its negatives.
Trend Hunter calls itself the most popular trend community in the the world. They offer daily posts of innovative ideas, pop culture, and viral news. One of their “Trend Hunters” came across our platform and posted about us on their site. It’s great to know that members of the BrowseU community support our mission and and continue to go out of their way to share our site.
Less than 30 days ago we were celebrating our 1000th user. Who would have thought that just about one month later we would have grown another 50%? This puts our total user count at 1500 and climbing! We’re extremely happy with the traction we’ve been seeing this past week. Many of these new users have come from some amazing websites that have generously featured us including Springwise, PSFK, and Trendhunter. We look forward to sharing our platform with many more outlets down the road in order to keep growing our community and continue raising money for your student loans.
This site highlights the most innovative ideas in our rapidly-changing world and we’re very happy to be mentioned alongside many other well deserved products and businesses. PSFK is an online resource providing a hub for technology, retail, advertising, design, travel, arts, and more. They’re constantly digging up something new that help people live, work, and play better. Check out our article and everything else PSFK has to offer.
What a great day for BrowseU and all of our users. Together we have created a system that, as of today, is proven to work. Together we’ve raised $500 towards Craig C.’s student loans. In honor of being our first user, the BrowseU team will be making a trip to Kansas to deliver the check in person. Keep an eye out for pictures of our trip. We can’t thank our users enough for the continued support of our platform and making BrowseU your tool for searching the web.
Springwise is an amazing website that was founded in 2002 with the goal to discover global innovation. Everyday their team of 18,000 spotters in more than 180 countries searches the web and keeps an open eye during their daily lives for new innovations that promote positive changes. Their site receives a large amount of submissions on a daily basis. From there the Springwise editors only select three innovations to be featured on their site each day. Today that was BrowseU! What an honor to be seen as a global innovation worth promoting. We’re very excited to be featured on great websites like Springwise that help spread the word about what we’re doing. This type of promotion allows us to get in front of a larger audience who can join our community and help us tackle student loan debt.
You can read our feature here: http://www.springwise.com/search-engine-helps-students-pay-loans/
Thank you Springwise,