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What are possible ways to make college more affordable?

I find it very difficult to find ways to pay for college. I don't want to owe a lot after graduating. What are possible ways to help make it cheaper ans easier to manage. #finance #scholarship #money-management

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Carla’s Answer

I worked part-time and attended college part time. That allowed me to pay for college without taking out a loan or asking my parents for the money. It took me a little longer to get my degree, but by the time i got my B.S. Degree, I had no student loan debt.
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Rebecca’s Answer

Always look for free money - grants and scholarships - that does not have to be repaid. One good search engine is http://www.fastweb.com/ . Also, look for paid internships - where you can get on the job experience, college credit and receive a pay check. You will also want to look at the job placement rates for your school/major - when you have completed your education you want to get a good job. Don't be afraid to seek out your financial aid office for assistance. Good luck to you.

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Kimberly’s Answer

There are so many options to help students pay for college. First I would look into seeing if you qualify for any grants. After that I would research different scholarships and see what you may be eligible to apply for. You would be surprised how much is out there!
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David’s Answer

There are many ways to make college more affordable. The first is to take your years in high school seriously. GPA, extracurriculars and SAT scores are you key to getting into college. The more colleges you get into the more options you have. Schools also have many scholarship opportunities that you can take advantage of. Dont limit yourself just to your school's scholarship programs, there are many private scholarships that you can participate in as well.
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William Barrett’s Answer

Hey Austin, there are many things you can do to make college more affordable. First and foremost, I would recommend living with as many roommates as possible! The most expensive part of college (aside from tuition) is going to be your rent, so being able to divide that up as much as possible will be a great way to free up cash. Second, I would not eat out very frequently. Learning how to cook cheap and easy meals is an invaluable part of living on a budget and will also help you improve your cooking skills! My third recommendation would be to walk where you need to go, or maybe invest in a cheap used bike. I don't know how big your campus/commute is, but cutting down on gas and transport fees is a sure way to save some money. Hope this helps!
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John’s Answer

Austin,

I have started asking myself these same questions now that the I have used all of my tuition assistance offered within the military. I have completed over 120 credit hours for free within the military and am not pursueing a MBA that I will have to pay for. I am capable of using my GI Bill which i received from the military but have also started applying for grants and scholarships. Look into a Pell grant and FAFSA.
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Craig’s Answer

This is a great question, and just due to you asking it means that you are ahead of your peers. College can be a very expensive ordeal for many, but does it always have to be? No, I do not believe it does. First thing that you can do is for the first 2 years you could enroll at a community college which will be much cheaper than any of the other colleges that you apply to. This will also help you figure out what you would like to do with your life as many students change their career path the first two years of college, even if they did not plan to prior to college (Nobody can tell the future!).

Another way to make college cheaper or atleast for it to seem cheaper, would be to attempt to pay for it in cash as the semesters occur. Now this may sound a bit outlandish, but it is definitely doable. You can get a job or even a 2nd job, and try to take any and all side hustles you can while trying to save up money to pay for the semesters. This way when you are completed with college you will not have to worry about the debt or it will be much less, which will make it seem like it is cheaper (which it actually will be because there will either be no interest or much less interest.) Hope this helps!
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