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How to Pay for College

College degrees are becoming more and more a necessity to have a decent paying job, but how in the world is a person supposed to afford college? If you're like me your parents would love to help, however their finances could look a little better, so if at all possible you would just rather pay for it yourself. Here are some tips and suggestions on ways to pay for college and save money, so that you do not end up with a HUGE "student load" riding on your back for the next twenty years of your life.

Get A Job - Get a job and get a job early. The earlier you can start saving money the better. Set up a checking and a savings account and save as much as you can. It is also really nice to have a little bit of savings built up just for peace of mind. If your car breaks down you have a little extra buffer to cover the cost of expenses.

o There are tons and tons of job opportunities and here are just a few ideas:

  • Basic labor jobs - Waitress, Dishes, and so forth minimum wage, but it's still money. These jobs are steady money, but they usually have fixed schedule hours.
  • Perform A Service - Are you good with computers? Can you clean? babysit? lawn/landscaping service? woodwork/carpentry? Take what you are good at and make a part time job out of it. It is an fun and easy way to make money and the hours are much more flexible.
  • Online Jobs - For those of you that are computer minded there is a whole realm of online computer jobs out there, however I would advise you to exercise some caution and common sense. These jobs are great and will potentially earn you more money than any other job you could find and the hours are completely flexible, but there are A LOT of scams out there so be careful. Here is a legitimate online marketing resource. Your create your own online marketing business and can earn a lot of cash.

Apply For Scholarships - This is a huge opportunity for people to be able to pay for college as the amount of scholarship are endless. Take some time and do some research and APPLY!

Community College - Start out at a two year community college. The closer to home the better. If you can still live at home and drive to school you have it made. Sure it isn't your ideal college experience, but you will have your Junior and Senior years for that. Community college is RIDICULOUSLY cheaper that a four year school. If you can live at home and do not have any food or housing costs you are going to be way ahead. It boils down to is two year of the "college experience" worth at least an extra $20,000 of debt that will haunt while you are trying to start a career? I don't think so.

These are just a few of the ways that you can get a head start on college. I would encourage you to get a head start on this. I mean wouldn't it be nice to graduate from college DEBT FREE?


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