Congratulations! You’ve finally been accepted into the college of your choice and you’re on top of the world, right? Wait a minute. How will you be paying for the next four (or more) years of education? Do you have a college fund? Attending a state school is helpful in keeping costs down, but are there more ways to help pay for your future education without a mountain of debt?
There are many factors to consider when trying to figure out the reasoning for the high price of a college education. Of course, we know that some of the money does go to the faculty and staff that is required to run a college as well as the basic infrastructure costs. However, it doesn’t seem that colleges are getting that many additional professors and their salaries have not made a dramatic increase. So, why is there such an increase in tuition? According to the website Business Insider, tuition has more than doubled in the last 35 years. It is suggested that an increase of students means an increase in financial aid programs which consequently means an increase in the tuition that the colleges and universities charge.
Get help from an expert. For some it might be worthwhile to get an independent financial advisor to help you make a financial plan for college. They will be able to tell you the ins and outs of different payment avenues to get you on the right path for success with your college plans.
Federal Work Study programs– One way to help with college tuition is for eligible students to participate in a part-time work-study program which is sometimes on campus and other times off campus. It is important to fill out a FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid as availability is limited.
529 plans– This is an educational savings plan that is operated by a state or educational institution to assist families in investing and setting aside funds for future college costs in qualified colleges around the country. The best 529 plans include many beneficial tax breaks for investors.
Scholarships- If applicable this is definitely a great way for college funding and there are numerous possibilities. Many scholarships are simple, and most average students have a chance to fill out a questionnaire or meet certain qualifications that are often unrelated to grades.
College Grants– Another avenue to look into is grants. While scholarships are often based on merit grants are based on financial need. The money from grants can be used for tuition, books, housing and other school expenses. To see if you qualify you must fill out a FAFSA. This helps colleges know how much financial aid you qualify for.