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Nancy’s Answer

Hi Monica!

First... let me say, I agree whole-heartedly with Ranga, try not to accumulate student loan debt. I concur... I too would suggest looking for online programs - it's a great suggestion which also offers you the opportunity to work at your own pace and live at home... allowing you to save the typical housing costs at college. If you can start your general studies at a community college that will help you keep costs down as well. Visit your local community college and set up an appointment with a counselor who can help you understand what may be transferrable toward your 4 year degree.

Susan's suggestion: Fill out the federal financial aid form: FASFA every year!! - Absolutely... do your homework, find out what scholarships and grants are available to you. Use the internet to google 'grants for women', 'grants for social work', 'grants for (fill in the blank)' use your imagination - you'd be surprised at what you find… perhaps your parents employer offers a grant or scholarship to their employees dependents. There are so many opportunities to save on your higher education costs. Don't be in a hurry,,, take your time, it's worth it to come out of college with as little debt as possible.

Canvas employers in your field of interest within the 'social work' genre. It's always possible that job within your field of interest could provide education benefits as well as income, be open to starting at the bottom and taking advantage of education opportunities. I wish you the best in your endeavor!

Nancy recommends the following next steps:

Try this website - filter for degree and field - https://www.socialworkdegreeguide.com/
Reach out to the state EDD to see if a counselor can suggest employers willing to provide tuition assistance in your field of interest within the social work genre - https://www.edd.ca.gov/
Capella is an example of an online degree program - visit the website to get a better idea of costs - https://www.capella.edu/lp/socialwork/?revkey=236218&dfaid=1&cid=1854e1b3-5ce5-4e1f-bd0e-7bc2427cfa96&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Social%20Work&utm_term=colleges%20with%20social%20work%20programs&utm_content=Social%20Work%20-%20General%20-%20Program%20(Exact)&matchtype=Exact&ksprofile=Program&msclkid=6fd2d260d58a1f77e2ac8c545394bd3c&dclid=COSi8Z_PrucCFZbKWwodfGMDSQ
Learn about licensing costs within the state to help you understand how this may affect your specialty within the field - https://www.socialworkguide.org/licensure/california/

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Emily’s Answer

Though private colleges and universities have higher "sticker" prices, sometimes they can end up being cheaper depending on your financial circumstances because they also have larger endowments and so more scholarship/grant money to give out. One of my top students from a low-income family was able to attend a highly selective private college whose sticker-price is near $70,000 a year for only about $2000 per year. That is actually cheaper than even Community College in the state of Massachusetts. It's very important to find out what your family's EFC (expected family contribution) would be in order to get a realistic idea of how much financial aid you would be eligible for. If you're eligible for financial aid, the most generous offers will come from either the most selective colleges (they tend to meet 100% of demonstrated need) or from private safety colleges (those where your grades and test scores are significantly higher than their average student).

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Kathryn’s Answer

Hi Monica - good for your for thinking about the cost of a bachelor degree.  I am sorry to not be able to give you a specific number, but it varies.  if you start with the first two years at a community college and stay in state and live at home - it's much cheaper.  Then, it goes up to whether or not you go to a private or public university and then whether you stay in state or out of state.  I paid for my education and I've never regretted it.  It is something that can never be taken away from you and that you take with you wherever you go.  Even if you have no financial help - you can earn a bachelors degree - but there are lots of grants and scholarships available. So, take advantage of them all.  try not to go into debt.  if you are an athlete or have special skills, there are options for you. Best of luck to you! 

Kathryn recommends the following next steps:

Visit your guidance counselor to discuss different options.

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Susan’s Answer

It depends on where you go to school. State colleges and universities provide a good education with less expense… But it’s not cheap. I suggest you go the first 2 years at a community college to save money, and then transfer those credits to the state university… just make sure the classes you are taking can be used for the degree program you wish to graduate from. It will save you a significant amount of money.

Fill out the federal financial aid form: FASFA every year!!

Can apply for every scholarship you can… Set a goal of applying for scholarships that you wouldn’t even think you may qualify for… There’s a lot of money out the other looking to give away, they just need somebody to apply… You may get one by default!

Regardless of the school you might go to, you may be eligible for financial aid and subsidize loans.

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Ranga’s Answer

On average the cost of 4 year degree in social work will cost $40,000. The average salary for a social worker is $50,000 per year. Please don’t accumulate a big student loan debt to get your degree. Look for cheaper online degrees or find employers who will pay for your education

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Zachary’s Answer

The cost of a bachelor’s degree will depend on the college or university. A bachelor’s degree typically requires 4 years of education, with some students taking extra classes to finish early and others taking a little longer. The total cost will also include room and board if the student chooses to live on campus, which can increase the cost. College is a great investment to your future, however. There are many opportunities for financial aid, grants, or scholarships to help ease the burden. It is also extremely common to pay off loans after you finish and begin your career. I am currently paying off the cost of my bachelor’a degree!

Zachary recommends the following next steps:

Select schools that you are interested in attending
Look at the per year cost of attending the school (include tuition, room and board, books, meals, etc.)
Multiply the per year cost by 4 to get an estimate of the cost of the degree. If loans will be taken out, you will also need to factor in the interest that will be paid on these loans
Apply for financial aid, scholarships, and grants while applying to schools. Every little bit helps!

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Danielle’s Answer

The cost to earn a bachelors degree varies. As others have shared the goal is to gain an education while incurring as little debt as possible. I recommend that you research and apply for grants and scholarships. Be sure to maximize all options for financial support including the FASFA. As Zachary stated, every little bit will help. Some companies offer tuition reimbursement to employees. Some employers offer this benefit to part-time workers.