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08.02.2010 / Creative Ways to Pay College Tuition

So you or one of your children will be ready for college soon but you are not sure how you are going to pay the hefty tuition bill that comes along with it. The tough economic times are only adding to your concern. Tough times call for creative solutions. Use some of these smart solutions to help pay your college tuition bill.

"Find the school that wants you and see the savings roll in."

Get a Head Start
Most high schools offer advanced placement courses that may qualify for college credit. The best part is that the college credit obtain through advanced placement courses is tuition-free. Many students can start their freshman year practically as a sophomore which saves both time and money.

Apply for Scholarships
Okay, so this one is not creative per se, but it is an often overlooked option. Many people think they have to be at the top of their class to be granted a scholarship. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Often, a minimum GPA of 2.5 is all this is needed to be eligible for a scholarship. Go ahead and apply. You never know what you might get in return.

Be a Transfer Student
So you want to go to a prestigious school but aren’t sure your can afford four years of the prestigious bill? Consider taking your prerequisites at a less expensive community college and transferring to your desired school later on. You can get that prestigious degree at a fraction of the price.

Be a Wanted Student
No, we are not suggesting you go on a crime spree at your college of choice. Rather, select a college that wants you as a student. Schools are known for offering aid and grants to students that they really want for various reasons such as GPA, field of study, and other accomplishments. Find the school that wants you and see the savings roll in.

Consider an Accelerated Degree
Often, it costs less to obtain your degree through an accelerated program than it does through a traditional program. Not only will you save some money but you can get into your desired field of work quicker.

Do you have some creative tips on saving on college tuition? We would love to here from you. Click here to post a comment.

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