Various Ways Of Helping You Pay For College
Attending college is a dream that many students have. It's what the high school journey is all about, from studying for your finals to joining the debate club or football team, to after school volunteer hours; all of which will look great on a college application. The dream of higher learning may fizzle for some, when the financial reality of tuition and books sets in. With the time it takes to get good grades and the added bells and whistles that colleges look for in a potential student, it's near impossible to hold down a job that will allow for a student to save enough for even the cost of the first semester.
Teens Can Work
Okay, so working is one of the ways to save money, but relax, it might not be as bad as you think. Working through high school is entirely challenging when you're aiming for a great GPA. You can count on some evenings and weekends to be able to work, but there's homework and tests to study for, not to mention your extra curricular activities.
A solid way to earn some serious cash is to get a summer job, or one that really allows flexibility in your study habits, and goes along with the ebb and flow of your school work. Put in a couple good years and you have a nice nest egg to use to get you off to a good start. At least for a semester.
Teens Can Live Off Campus
We know, it's the dream to live on campus and partake in all of the college life traditions, but honestly, how much better would it be to have minimal students loans and pay off your debt, or have no debt at all by the time you graduate.
Apply For Student Loans
While not ideal, a student loan from the government will get you over the initial hurdle of paying for your post secondary education. Check into your options, if they offer grants, or some governments will allow you to pay back less of the loan, or different loan options may be available if you have a deceased parent or disability.
Research Less Expensive Colleges
Think about your career choice and whether or not it really matters if you attend a community college or an ivy league university. Graduates from both types of schools can land the same jobs after graduation. Do your research and make sure you're not spending a great amount of money just to say you attended a fancier campus.
There are several colleges that offer transfer courses to a four-year college where you will begin as a freshman, which will help save money. You will also be able to choose from more flexible classes, which might enable you to work a bit more at the job that's paying your tuition.
Look Into Tuition Reimbursement Programs
When choosing an employer, look into companies that offer tuition reimbursement. Offering this perk to employees helps a company attract a loyal employee base, offer tax deductions, and the education the employee receives can help the employer while the employee remains working for them.
Undergraduate Research Perhaps?
This is well worth looking into. If you are planning on being a researcher, ie., scientist or engineer, undergraduate research is the perfect opportunity for you to get your hands dirty and help out with actual research, gain hands-on learning, and help pay some of your student bills. This is a great way to spend time doing what you think you will love, and confirm that, or send you in another direction. An undergraduate researcher will not only gain valuable information, but will make connections that could come in handy one college is finished and you're ready to move on to the real world.
Earn College Credits In High School
This is an exciting option. With Advanced Placement (AP), students can eliminate some of the courses they would ordinarily take in college. There are tests that you can take that would count as college credits. Check into these options with your school councilor, and get a head start on your college career before you ever graduate high school.
Story by Esther Peverley
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