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How to make it through college with no support from anyone?

I know people (one of my classmates ) who always comes to talk to me about how no one in his immediate family went to college so why should he? He’s a very bright boy the only thing I can think to tell him is you don’t want all that intelligence to go to waste you need to put it to use #giving-advice #college-advice #college #counseling

Thank you comment icon I mean if you wanna convince them to go to college it all comes down to money. Studies show that people who go to college tend to make a lot more money in their lifetime than people who don't. In addition, you can get paid to do things you love rather than doing a job that you have to do to pay your bills and let's be honest, without a college degreee it'll be a while before he makes any kind of decent money. Since he is the first to go to college there's also a lot of scholarship money out there from fafsa, colleges, and third parties. Christa

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Rachel’s Answer

Many people attend college with plans to pay for their expenses on their own. Attending classes at a community college, choosing a state school, and applying to all scholarships available can minimize cost.
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Richard’s Answer

If you can keep your expenses down (attend community college which can be free in some cities, complete your degree at an inexpensive public institution etc) debt doesn't have to be out of control. However the typical student does not do everything they can to decrease expenses then has to be stressed during their first years of practice.
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Roland’s Answer

I would ask myself the question “Am I happy with the way those people or family members are living?” If the answer is no associate yourself with people that are heading in the same directing and going down the same path to success as yourself. Everyone is not going to see things your ways and some don’t know how to be supportive but that doesn’t have to stop your success. Dare to be different and strive for greatness.

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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jordyn M,

I understand the desire to get through college without the financial support of others. When I applied for jobs, I focused on companies that offered tuition reimbursement programs. Payment plans for a lot of untraditional colleges support those with financial restraints. Additionally, you can also leverage grants. Although obtaining a grant may be a lengthy process, they are worth the effort when you are pressed for cash. A last resort is a student loan. Please be mindful that the interest rates may be very high and take longer to pay back once you are finished with school. I hope these recommendations help.

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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jordyn, thank you for your question. To answer your question when you have major changes in your life it is always good to have family support. But there are other kinds of support groups you can become involved in like other students who might be dealing with the same issues as you. There will also be different groups at the university who are in the same field that you can get involved with, all you need to do is reach out to them. Best of luck.
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Naqiya’s Answer

Hey! I think it's wonderful that you are trying to speak to your friend. I'm a first-generation college grad myself (no one in my parent's generation went to college), and it's definitely hard. However, it's absolutely worth it if you can find a way to finance it - community college for 2 years and then transfering over, etc. - because unfortunately in the US today it is very hard to get good stable jobs without a college degree. Therefore, your options in terms of potential jobs/careers can be pretty limited. I understand your friend's concern since college is very expensive and can be hard without the support of friends and family, but there are a ton of resources for people who are first-generation college-goers like your friend. Organizations like Posse and Opportunity Network come to mind. Good luck to you and your friend!

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