Save on College Tuition

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For many, attending college is one of the first and largest major financial decisions you’ll make. It’s no secret that many students leave college in debt, and depending on what your major is, you can end up with a hefty bill after graduating. It doesn’t have to be like that. These quick tips can help make your college experience both rewarding and affordable.
  1. Consider attending a community or public college before moving on to your dream school. Tuition at community colleges is often significantly lower than that of a private institution. You can get a high quality education, especially in your general courses, without a higher cost. If you’re unsure of a major, community colleges can also help you make a decision more affordably.
  2. Scholarships are free money. Take the time to apply! Whether it’s $100 or $1,000, any scholarship amount you receive is less you potentially have to pay for books, food, or housing. Be sure to use our free Sallie Mae Scholarship Search Tool for access to more than 3.5 million scholarship opportunities!
  3. Look into work-study opportunities at your college. Want to get paid for learning more about your field or industry while in school? A work-study program could be perfect for you. You’ll gain hands-on experience in your major and get some extra cash for it. It’s good for your brain, your resume, and your wallet.
  4. Hustle, hustle, hustle. Make some extra spending money by tutoring other students, selling your used text books, and even applying to be an assistant to a professor or department at your school.

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