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What are the creative methods people used to pay for college?

Updated Virginia Beach, Virginia

I'm wondering how people were able to pay for college. As a rising college freshmen, I'm anxious about how to pay for my own college tuition. And I desperately want to figure out a way for me to attend college without burdening my parents or myself. I already know about scholarships and financial aid. But is there a plausible way to pay for college. I haven't gotten much luck with scholarships. #justabrokestudent #finance #debt #student-debt #tuition

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Simona’s Answer

Updated Washington, Washington

Hello David,

College can be an expensive but needed endeavor.  After completing undergraduate and graduate school, I have the experience and empathy for your path.  I am also excited and have learned more than when I was going through the efforts that I'd like to pass on.  I recommend the following:

*See if you can complete work-study program/internships: these will give you experience on the job and pay to help with payments

*Talk to your financial aid folks: sometimes they have scholarships that are not advertised and no one applies as a result.  This leads to money sitting that you can use directly from your school

*Apply for Financial Aid (if you have not done so)

*If you have a job, the company may pay your tuition up front or through tuition reimbursement

Some unconventional ways include taking side gig: driving for Uber/Lyft, becoming a task assistant on Reddit, taking surveys, etc.

I will add some links to articles that can also give you some ideas and help.  Good luck!




Simona recommends the following next steps:

  • Talk to your Financial Aid Office: apply for financial aid, scholarships, work-study/internships, etc through the school
  • Read articles from links above to get more ideas on how to get $$$ for tuition
  • Follow up on some of the recommendations from the articles to get $$$ for school
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