Consider All The Expenses
For many students, paying for higher learning can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unable to get support from family due to limited income or other circumstances. When you’re thinking about the actual cost (not just tuition), it adds up. Consider all the expenses, aside from tuition, fees, and room and board. You also have:
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
GOING OUT WITH FRIENDS
Cost Of College Itself
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of college itself can be very expensive. From 2013 to 2017, a 4-year institution varies from $25,509 to $26,593, and 2-year institution varies $10,215 to $10,598.
You’ll notice the cost of college is increasing each year, and that means you’ll need to take that into account as you move through your four-year degree program. However, there are some things you can do to help with the cost of college today.
Consider a two-year community college
You may be anxious to head off to college and leave your parents’ home for a while, but if you attend a junior, two-year, or local community college, you can get all of your “core requirement” classes taken care of at a fraction of the cost of a four-year college. You also may be able to live at home in the meantime, which will likely save you a lot of money on living expenses.
Apply For Federal Student Aid
You can fill out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) here. You’ll need to have the following information:
Student Social Security Number;
Parent Social Security Number;
Student’s driver’s license number (if applicable);
Federal tax returns/information;
Information on savings, cash, checking account balances, etc.
If you’re not a U.S. citizen, an Alien Registration Number is required.
Apply For Scholarships
There are thousands upon thousands of scholarships available across the country. Most are small and localized (meaning you would have to attend a specific school or live in a specific area to qualify), and the majority are relatively small awards, but they can quickly add up. EDScholarship can help you find thousands upon thousands of scholarships by growing through our website. You can research scholarships in your field of interest, neighborhood, or college you plan to attend.