Good Ways to Save For Your College Education
Saving for college doesn’t need to necessarily be solely about having money, it’s about eliminating the expenses that you will have so the money you do have can stretch farther. These are good ways to save for your college education.
Stop paying full retail for text books. College bookstores are the worst place to seek a deal, used or otherwise. Online alternatives are offering the same books for up to half the cost, not to mention the option to use previous editions (valued significantly lower now) is there if students talk to their homeroom teacher. International editions are also making head way averaging forty-sixty dollars for the same content new (minor homework revisions necessary).
Volunteer for someone who may be able to eliminate costs in preliminary programs. For example, medical students should consider volunteering at a hospital. Volunteers get free (or as close to) vaccinations in order to work with patients (eliminating eighty dollar shots). If not medically relevant students should consider putting themselves on the college work program waitlist. These are two good ways to save for your college education because they are again, free.
Tuition installment plans are not to be taken as a poor man’s choice to school; they allow students to budget for three months on an average fixed payment. The cost of a five hundred dollar course can be spread out in three one hundred sixty dollar payments. Students need to remind themselves this is an investment.
Students should be saving months in advance (or at the least 2-3 months before a quarter.) If students need to make up the difference in costs the time spent saving will at least take most of the anxiety out of college expenses. Students need to have a plan for their courses; otherwise there may be more debt than necessary to take on. Each college has costs associated to the credits taken in the class, if students can determine that they can find out costs ahead of time (books are also listed on college websites as well).
If students have to wait on a college course consider looking for cheaper career building courses online in the meantime. Programs that teach trades are affordable for forty dollars a month (legitimate to) and look strong on a resume. Some can be completed in three months (about a quarter).
These are good ways to save money for your college education.Save for college by shopping at the stores you already go to! Upromise lets friends and family build money towards college when they shop.
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