Everywhere you look you can find an article giving you tips on how to pay for college. Some of them talk about benefactors, loans and grants. While those are good ways to find some money, there are many other ways in which you can fund your college degree.
The cost of going to college varies depending on where you want to go, and what you plan to go to school for. Loans add to your cost with interest rates. And paying for college isn’t just about paying for your classes, the bills stack up with books and more.
Save For Years
If you don’t want to have to pay off your loans forever it helps to start saving early to pay for college. If you’re lucky you have parents that started a college fund for you when you were young so that your future college career is paid for, or mostly paid for.
Unless you find a great high school job you won’t be saving enough to pay for your whole career as a working teenager. However, if you save all your Christmas and Birthday money, and even the money you get for graduation and add it to that savings you may be able to pay for a couple semesters (find more information on how to do that here).
You can also save money by staying home during college. Attend a college close to home so that travel costs are kept down. Plus this will help you save a ton of money on food costs.
Get Loans You’ll Never Pay Off
Everyone will tell you to get loans, but you need to remember that those loans will need to be paid off. While statistics aren’t easy to find on how many people owe student loans that they never be able to pay off, it seems that some have found that even after a 30 year payment period many people will still owe. Try for scholarships and grants before applying for loans, since those don’t need to be repaid.
The new way to save funds for anything, including college, is the use of crowdfunding. There are many different crowdfunding sites, some that let you have every penny donated as they are donated and some them let you have it only if you make your specified goal. This type of funding lets your friends, and even strangers, help you pay for your college career, sometimes in exchange for a gift to them for their donation (maybe an autographed photo of you getting your college degree).
Work While You Learn
You can also work while you attend college and use your earnings to pay for your college bills. This may be a bit too much for some people. It can be difficult to work even part time while you are going to school part time, but if you are dedicated to getting your degree you can make it happen!