10 9 / 2014
ela-faye said: Do you have any advice to minimize student debt as much as possible for someone getting ready to apply for colleges?
Go to an in-state, state-funded university. Do well in school. Apply for scholarships (of which there are many.) Start looking at scholarships NOW. FAFSA is huge. Take AP classes in high school. TAKE AP CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL! If you don’t, you have to take them in college…where they are not free. Look into work study programs. Don’t bring your car to college…be frugal while you’re at school (because the money you spend on not-college stuff is not insignificant.)
None of these things are particularly fun. And if you have the option, I’d look into smaller schools, because I really liked mine, but they are MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE. But if you do well in school, there are full-ride scholarships in the world…if I didn’t mention this before…apply for lots of scholarships.