The topic of how to fund your way through college has always been a pertinent question in many households. And unfortunately, the issue hasn’t gotten any better. If you haven’t heard the news, President Donald Trump cut funding for Pell Grants, go figure. So unless you have a 4.0 GPA and killer athletic skills, getting a full ride to college can be quite the challenge. But don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of tips to help you pay your way through college.
How to Pay for College
Apply for FAFSA
We all know how long the process of completing your FAFSA can take, but it is crucial to fill it out ASAP! The longer you wait the less money there is to be distributed. People either choose to procrastinate the process or spend an eternity gathering all the tax information they need. So be prepared for the upcoming semester and don’t hold off on your FAFSA!
This is perfect for the student who wants benefits and some extra spending money. You can apply to work somewhere on campus and they schedule you around your classes. That can be difficult sometimes with other jobs, which is hard when you are trying to balance both your education and your job. The best campus job you can have is a residential assistant. You are constantly involved on campus, and your room is free!
Get Good Grades
One of the best ways to pay for college is by getting an academic scholarship (keep your head in those books!). But seriously, by simply doing the best you can in all your courses, you can potentially earn a full/partial ride to a college of your choice which will take loads of stress off your caretaker’s back. So study hard, and start writing those essays because you want to apply for as many scholarships as you possibly can. You never know if you’ll win one if you don’t try.
Buy Textbooks Online
Once you get your syllabus, see what texts your professors might want you to get for that semester. You can check the school’s bookstore if you’re willing and find out how much your textbooks will be. If they are out of your budget (Which 90% of the time, they always are!) Go online and check places like Amazon & Chegg.com . Most of the time you’ll be able to rent or buy much cheaper than the prices at your school’s bookstore. If buying textbooks in general are such a strenuous activity, another great idea is to try your school or your local library to see if they have the book on reserve and it can even save you some money!
Get A Job
One of the most common ways college students stay afloat without begging their parents every week for grocery money, is by getting a J.O.B. I know, it sucks but it’s very necessary. However, you don’t have to apply for the average retail job that requires hours of standing! Rather, you can pick up a skill and create a small business out of it. What are the perks of this? You get to set your own hours, AND it looks extra good on your resume that you were innovative with your time and resources (score!).
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