How to Make College Cheaper
In these challenging economic times, the prospect of paying for college may seem even more daunting than it already did. In an ideal world, students wouldn’t have to choose their college based on finances. But since we’re not living in an ideal world, and the economy appears far from ideal right now, a few cost-cutting suggestions seem in order.
While it is easy to suggest you choose a school with lower tuition, or encourage you to apply for every scholarship out there, or even remind you to fill out the FAFSA early, the following suggestions are a bit less obvious, and should work at nearly any college or university.
Take CLEP, AP and/or IB tests and classes if you are strong in a subject. The tests cost between $70 and $220 – still less than the tuition for a class would be.
Take concurrent classes if you’re eligible. Your state may pay for it, but even if not, you’re spreading the cost of college over a broader period of time, oh, and getting used to college classes while still in high school.
Work more (sorry!) and/or commit more of the money you earn to college. Spend less on cars, I-Pods, entertainment, etc.
Some of these suggestions may be objectionable, as they may force you to live a different lifestyle than you’re accustomed to. In these tough economic times, some will have to choose between living the lifestyle they want, and attending the college they want.
This basic concept has been turned into a booklet containing literally hundreds of ideas college students (and those planning to go) can employ to save money. It's called How to Go to College Cheaper.
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