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I know Bernie Sanders is promising you free college, but nothing is truly free. Yes, college can be expensive, but I have six ways that can help you graduate with little to no debt and come out with a hard earned degree.
1. Community college
Two-year colleges are such a good option for those looking to save money. You will pay less for basic classes you would be taking at a university and the class times are more flexible. Also, if you still cannot afford a university after two years, you can get your associate degree and go out into the workforce to earn more money than you would without a degree. If, after being in the workforce, you still want to go back to college to get a bachelor degree, you will have more money saved up to afford it.
All universities offer scholarships based on athleticism and grades. Although some of the time these scholarships are hard to attain, there are also outside scholarships. For example, fastweb.com has so many scholarships linked on their website that are made for anyone. From art to videos to essays, fastweb has something for all types of personalities. If you did several of the scholarships offered, you could gain between $500 to over $10,000 which would definitely help you pay for your education. I would start applying for scholarships your junior year of high school if you want a head start on saving up. Here are some other good scholarship websites: scholarshippoints.com, scholarships.com, finaid.com, and scholarshipmonkey.com.
Having a job before and during college can help take a significant amount of money out of your amount due to your university or college. If you manage your money right and put a decent amount of your paychecks into your savings, you could take the stress out of worrying about how you are going to pay. I started working as soon as I turned 16 and started saving up, and it really paid off. When you get to college, I recommend that you try to find a job on campus to make it easier to balance school and work.