Tuition is easily one of the biggest expenses to prepare for when it comes to attending college, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to fund your education or lower the cost of your tuition. Some of the following tips can help to make your college education more affordable:
Ask your school about the different scholarships that are available. There is a plethora of them, and if you excel in academics, you may be able to receive a scholarship that funds some or even your entire college education. Scholarships are often awarded for other achievements as well, so even if you don’t have perfect grades, it’s worth looking into and finding out what is currently being offered.
Applying for financial aid is quick, easy, and free—and you just may be eligible to receive money to help (or completely pay) for your college expenses.
Work on campus
You may be able to receive reduced tuition rates by working on campus. Ask your school if they offer these benefits, and if you’re looking for work, this can be a great way to make some extra cash while also saving on your college tuition expenses.
Consider the school
The College Board has reported that the average annual cost for a four-year education at a public college for in-state students is $8,655, whereas an out-of-state student will pay approximately $21,706 annually. Since attending a private or out-of-state college will cost significantly more than attending a public in-state school, you’ll want to opt for an in-state public college if cost is a main concern.
Test out of classes
Some colleges give students the option to demonstrate their knowledge about a particular field or subject through testing, and a passing score automatically awards them college credits while exempting them from that specific class. For example, your school or major might require that you take a course in a second language, but you may be able to test out if you’re already fluent in another language. Although these tests are not usually free, the cost is lower than a semester’s tuition for the class. Testing out of courses can not only help you save money, but it can save time and help you to graduate sooner.