Ekaterina "Katya"’s Answer
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I would encourage you to find a job or two while in college to graduate with 0 debt.
1) There are multiple options as you listed just find the ones that will work for you. Certainly it is better to find job close to home/college as it will help you save time on driving. Uber driving could be an option.
2) Find a job on a weekend too.
3) Maximize credit hours taken in semester. When I was in college I worked full time (babysitting / waiting tables) and took 18 credits each semester to get the most credits for the same amount of money paid for semester and graduate faster.
4) If you can, live with your parents while in college and even you start your job that will help you save on the living expenses (I didn't have that luxury as I paid for my apartment, car, insurances, and living expenses).
5) Order international editions of the books on half.com (or similar) based on ISB number that will help you save thousands of dollars.
6) AND always sell them on the same website once semester is over. 1) You will never look at your college books once you graduate. 2) You will return 90% of what you spent on your books.
7) Study well and get the scholarships this will help you spend less on tuition.
8) For the first 4 semesters (2 years) take classes in the community college that will align with your major in the future and transfer credits to the school from which you want to graduate. This will save a ton of money as basic courses are all the same and won't impair your knowledge.
9) Borrow as less as possible and only loans that don't grow interest while you are in college. If you have to take loans that accumulate interest while you are in school, PAY it while in school and do not let it compound!
10) Take full-time internships in summer or during the busy season, save the money and pay them all for your school debt while in school.
Graduate with 0 debt like I did! This is great start to your adulthood!
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