Subject: College Cost Reduction

Several Ways to Reduce College Costs
The Pressure is On...
For the past several years, the demand for a degree has increased drastically. The pressure to get a degree can be truly overwhelming. College tuition has continued to rise and since you'll be the one paying for it, you should want to know why. (Click the screenshot below to view the video) 
Where There's A Will, There's A Way
College is expensive, but there are things you can do to cut down the overall cost of college. Here are a few tips that can help you save a few bucks.
Before You Enroll
  • Use a net price calculator to estimate the total cost of your degree program (i.e. tuition, books, housing, etc.)
  • Apply for FAFSA
  • Apply for Scholarships, grants, and federal work study 
  • Avoid taking out many student loans if possible 
  • Consider taking AP courses during high school (passing the AP Exam will allow you to forego taking that course again in college)
  • Consider attending a junior college for the first 2 years in order to take your general education requirement courses 
  • Consider attending a college in your current state (going to college out of state is generally more expensive)
  • Ask your colleges of interest if they offer tuition waivers 
While You're On Campus
  • Consider your housing options: having a roommate can be cheaper than living alone
  • Review your meal plan: save money by purchasing a smaller meal plan if you find yourself rarely using the university dining hall
  • Avoid applying for various credit cards: credit card offers will come from everywhere, don't fall for their enticing "special offers"
  • Consider using campus transportation: this will help save a ton of money on parking and gas 
  • Don't be so quick to buy new textbooks: many of the books at your university will be available on sites like and for a fraction of the cost.
  • Aim to graduate on time to avoid spending more money on tuition than necessary
Utilizing the following tips will help your wallet go from this...
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