Have you looked into any post high school opportunities? Perhaps a college or trade school? Maybe your plans will take you straight into the workforce or military. These opportunities mean different things to different people. In this article we will discuss some ways to pay for your college education.
When it comes to paying for college, it may be difficult. Whether taking out student loans, looking for scholarships and grants, or starting your FAFSA application, college is a big stresser. Trust me, I'm a senior, and I know. When it comes to paying for college, I would first recommend starting with FAFSA to see if you are eligible for any government sponsored scholarships and grants. FAFSA can also qualify you for subsidized and unsubsidized loans to help defray tuition costs. Subsidized loans do not charge interest while you're in school. Unsubsidized loans do charge interest while you're in school, so owe only what you borrowed when your loan comes due. Both ways give you access to funds you otherwise wouldn't have, but both totals will be dramatically different. Choose one that's best for you
Just how much money will you need? Look over your school's Financial Aid Package first, before anything. Then calculate all costs associated with college (tuition, room and board, books, lab and technology fees, and incidentals) before determining your bottom line, then contact your admissions counselor with any questions or concerns. Apply for as many other scholarships and grants as possible. Is the college you're attending offering any? Have you been involved in any activities or sports in high school that may offer money to students pursuing these activities in college? What about scholarships for your particular major? Find out by making an appointment with your school's guidance counselor. Then maybe go online and do searches for scholarships in your area. Any leftover costs can then be covered by either a job, private student loans, or both! However, be mindful when it comes to going to college. Keep your eye on the prize because even if you quit school early, you will still have to pay off any student loans.