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How do I focus on my studies yet also pay the costs of my college education?

So far, I've been to applying to scholarship after scholarship -- but those are based on chance. I don't lose hope, but I always want to be prepared with a backup plan! The cheapest university that I was accepted to is still far too expensive (even with financial aid) for my family to afford, and the university only allows me to work 25 hours in a week. I've thought of doing things like selling art prints online or publishing a book to scrape in more cash, too, but again: chance. What can I do to ensure I'll have the money for the education I want to get without having to sacrifice my education time for working? #money #college #financial-aid

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Ken’s Answer

From my years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I have found that it really does not matter what college you attend. The important thing is how well you do and what networking connections that you make along the way. College expenses, like any other business expenses, should approached in a prudent manner - make the least prudent investment to realize the highest return on that investment. Below are some helpful tips:

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It really does not matter where you go to school. Here is a very interesting video with an important tips\: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education ##
Here are some tips on balancing life in college to allow your to work and have study time and social time: ## https://www.unigo.com/in-college/college-experience/creating-a-workschool-balance-a-college-student-perspective ## ## http://www.mycollegesuccessstory.com/academic-success-tools/college-life-balance.html ## ## http://www.collegeconfidential.com/dean/000241/ ##
When you are considering a college, talk to the director of alumni relations to arrange to meet, talk to, visit, and possibly shadow graduates who are doing what you think that you might want to do as they might have some good advice and possible ways for you to earn money as you study.
Locate professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you might want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations are very welcoming of students and many times have or are aware of internship, coop, and scholarship opportunities. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-job-search-strategy-thatll-make-you-15-times-more-likely-to-be-hired ##
As you are going along getting helpful information from people, it is very important to express your appreciation. Below are some tips. Remember the most effective and meaningful way to express your appreciation is to do it in person or over the phone. You really need that personal touch. So, in these articles, it is says another way, substitute in person or over the phone as being more pertinent and helpful. ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
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Sara’s Answer

Consider if there are any other schools you could apply to that would be more affordable. Community college and in-state public universities will be more affordable than private schools.
Also see if the financial aid packages you're being offered include student loans, but be careful not to over-extend yourself in debt.
You may consider going to school part-time and working part time rather than being a full-time student and then sacrificing your grades by spending so much time working that you don't have enough left over for your studies.
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