College can be expensive. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it? Fact is, there are many alternatives out there for college students that they don't consider until after the fact. Worry no more. This post is about the ways you can save during college so you have money left over after graduation.
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- Skim on tuition. No, I'm not talking about ripping off the government. Many high schools offer students a chance to receive college credits for their high school courses. Think they have nothing to do with your major and you won't need them? Think again. Many universities require students to take general studies courses to make them a well-rounded student, and these include classes you took in high school like your social sciences and your sciences. If you can get the credits in high school, you can focus more on the courses you need for your major, or even graduate early and jump into your field? Sounds good, huh?In addition, you should look into the alternatives to a major university. Branch campuses, more often than not, are cheaper than a main campus. Community colleges are also things to look into. You can get your general studies there and head to a bigger university, receiving your final diploma with a major school attached to that. The price? Much less than going straight into a big name university.
- Look at book-buying alternatives.There are many websites out there now where you can buy your books for much less than a university's asking price. You can rent your textbooks, or even get online editions. Amazon is a great website to use, and so is Boundless and Textbooks.com.
- Make a budget.You're living away from Mom and Dad and are completely independent, aside from the occasional crazy roommate. There's no one to tell you what to do or how to spend your money, right? Wrong, because eventually you're going to get a bill or have an emergency and need money, but you spent all of it going out to the local hang-out every night. Set a budget for yourself. Some banks have an online application that allows you to budget your money, or you can do it yourself. Get an envelope and every chance you get, slip in a couple dollars or a larger bill and save it for a rainy day. You'd be surprised how much you can save and how handy that will be in the long run!
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