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How can working adults and parents pay for college?

I am a working adult with two beautiful daughters (3 and 2 year old), I am paying for my college and saving money for their higher education.

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Claire’s Answer

Jordan's answer is wonderful! I can not answer your question from a parent's point of view but I can answer it as a college graduate third-year medical student. College students can choose to work part-time while in school or they can get jobs through the financial aid office. If they sign up early enough they can have their pick of some of the job opportunities through the school. The best jobs are ones that allow the student time to study while at work while getting paid. In addition, as students become upperclassmen they can work at the school as either tutors or residential assistants. All of these opportunities look great on resumes after college and helps teach time management.
Best of luck!

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Great question Andre. I'm sorry no one's answered it yet! You're truly an inspiration for being a full time parent going to school and seeking to pay for your kids education as well! I highly recommend applying for scholarships and grants to help you! You already have an incredible journey and story to share that I believe can be applied in scholarship apps/essays! I thought I'd share a few links to other relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org that should be super helpful for you to read through in regards to scholarships. I've included tips in the "next steps" section below a list of trustworthy sites you should create accounts on if you haven't already (that has good scholarships!). Here are tips that could help you in your preparation of finding and submitting for scholarships:

  1. Dedicate a minimum of 1 hour a day for a few weeks to applying for scholarships and it'll go a long way.
  2. Be thoughtful about your entries, just doing the bare minimum isn't going to land you any scholarships. It's better to spend more time on each entry to ensure it's well thought out than to rush through to try to enter a bunch. Quality over quantity!!
  3. I recommend writing one STELLAR essay. Chances are you'll use it for every scholarship application (potentially only having to make minor edits dependent on what the prompt is). Tell a story that clearly represents who you are and what's important to you. The goal of the essay should be to let the reader in to your life. If you can do that in a genuine and meaningful way you'll be considered, I promise! A couple of ideas: Write about the hardest thing you've had to go through in your life or what makes you so passionate about something. Be sure to include lessons you've learned and what you hope to do with that knowledge/experience later in life.
  4. Spend more time finding scholarships that directly pertain to YOU so it cuts down the competition. Look for scholarships in your local community, or that are just for young women, for example. Know what career path you want to pursue? There are probably dozens of scholarship opportunities that are only for students aspiring to follow a specific career path (e.g. STEM, entertainment, sports, design, etc. etc.)


Relevant Q&A on CareerVillage.org you should read:

What financial support can I find to help me pay for college?

How to stand out when applying for scholarships?

What are the chances of winning scholarships?


Jordan recommends the following next steps:

Create an account on Cappex and Niche.com
Look for scholarships from bigger companies like Coca-Cola and Taco Bell. Oftentimes they won't list on bigger sites and therefore less youth apply.
What school are you attending? Talk to students who go there to see if they have any insights on how to pay for school/what grants or scholarships to apply for.

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Claire’s Answer

Jordan's answer is wonderful! I can not answer your question from a parent's point of view but I can answer it as a college graduate third-year medical student. College students can choose to work part-time while in school or they can get jobs through the financial aid office. If they sign up early enough they can have their pick of some of the job opportunities through the school. The best jobs are ones that allow the student time to study while at work while getting paid. In addition, as students become upperclassmen they can work at the school as either tutors or residential assistants. All of these opportunities look great on resumes after college and helps teach time management.
Best of luck!

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