You’ve applied, been admitted, and finally chosen your college! But with school being so expensive, it’s no doubt that many students are wondering how they will be able to finance their college degree. Luckily, there are some easy things to do to help pay for college.
The first thing to do is file a FAFSA. FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the document that the federal government uses to assess financial need. By filing a FAFSA, you will be eligible for grants and student loans from the federal government. Take this document seriously, and file it on time with all the correct paperwork. You’d be surprised how much money you can get.
Look into national and local scholarships. There are thousands of scholarships available to students offered by schools, employers, nonprofits, religious groups, and other professional and social organizations. Apply for scholarships based on your interests. Many organizations will be willing to give you money towards your college degree. And you won’t even have to worry about paying this money back!
If you don’t get the money you need from financial aid or scholarships, check out alternative lenders. Many banks offer student loans that will easily help you pay for college. Examine all your options, and determine what will be the best loan for you.
Last, do some little things to save money. Out of state tuition can be double the price of staying in state, so making the decision to go to college in your state can save you a lot. Think about getting a summer job. You’ve still got time before going away, so make that time count. And if you find that you are able to keep a side job while you’re in school, do it. Every little bit of money you save counts!