i. Government Grants
If you, or your parents, can not afford to pay for college, you might qualify for financial aid in the form of a government grant, which is usually in the form of a Pell Grant. Ypou can apply at universities, colleges, or online at fafsa.gov. Grants are a free way to pay for college, and you never have to pay them back. You will have to keep up your grades and attendance if you want to keep receiving grant money, and you will need to reapply every year. Apply for grants as soon as you can, in January, or as soon as you have your tax return information available.
2. School Scholarships
Universities and community colleges often have scholarships available to students who qualify. Scholarships can be general, but some have very specific qualifications, that can be related to academic or extracurricular achievements(such as a scholarship for science majors, or football). Scholarships don’t have top be paid back.
3. Private Scholarships
Private scholarships are also available. These can ve hard to find, so do some digging. Private companies, organizations, and even individuals can offer scholarships of all types/ You can receive as many as you want, but private scholarships can afffect what you might be able to receive from federal sources, such as grants or loans. Ask your school financial aid office for information about scholarships.
Parents who can afford it usually pay for their childrens’ education. Some parent’s save up for years, or have investment accounts specifically for this purpose. This is the best way to pay for college, and you should be grateful to your parents if they have worked hard to ensure your educational needs. Grandparents or another relative or benefactor sometimes pay for the education of a graduation student they care for, and should be included in this category.
5. Work Study
Work Study is employment through the school you are attending, paid for by the federal government, to help pay for your college expenses. You can usually choose from jobs available, such as working in the library, cafeteria, Chemistry Lab, or any other job that might be available through the Work Study program. Apply for Work Study through fafsa.gov or the financial aid office at your school.
There is nothing wrong with working your way through college. It builds character. It also builds up your resume, which is great for when you’re done with school and applying for the job of your dreams. It might take longer, and be harder on you if you’re going to school and working at the same time, but if you want to go to college and it’s the only way, then you do what you have to do to improve your chances at a better career and a better life.
7. Through Your Employer
Some employers, especially of large companies, regularly put their employees through schooling free of charge as a way of improving their workforce, and promoting from within. If you get hired in an entry level position, check and see if your company provides any free training, classes, or college tuition programs.
8. Investments and Passive income
Create a passive income to pay for college, and you will be able to concentrate on your studies without worrying about scholarships, loans, or taking the time for work that could be used for studying or extra classes. Real estate, book and writing royalties, investments in the stock market, these are all ways to creat a passive income. Write articles at revenue sharing websites, or make your own websites with a passive income strategy.
The government awards low-interest loans to students who qualify, or you can try to get a private loan on your own. Just remember that you will have to pay a loan back. Seriously consider the consequenses of a loan before you risk taking one, or yopu will be sorry if anything goes wrong, like not being able to secure a decent job after graduation.
10. Credit Cards
Credit cards are the absolute worst way to pay for college. In fact, I don’t recommend it at all. Yet people still do it, and it can leas to financial ruin. Find any other way to pay your tuition and other fees before you resort to using a credit card. It’s just a bad idea. You might want to think about taking a semester, or a year, off, and resuming your studies when you have the money to pay for it. The only reason I even put this on the list is to warn against it.