Before you start reading, let’s just get this out of the way: college still isn’t free.
To get an education, you need to pay an arm and a leg. Almost literally. Millions of college-age students around the world can’t afford higher education, and yet prices keep skyrocketing. Feeling angry? I don’t blame you.
Lucky for you, there’s a way to rebel against those expensive universities, save some money and most importantly, get the education you need. How?
Take college courses online. As the constantly evolving world of technology opens up opportunities for online learning, more students are choosing to learn digitally. While all of this sounds great, however, there are still some costs involved. Read on to discover how you can breeze through online college without giving up any of your ligaments.
Keep Everything on Your Computer
College means you have to get all the regular school supplies: pencils, binders – wait a minute. You’re in online college. Why would you waste any money on that old-world stuff? You have everything you could possibly need right in front of you on your computer. Duh!
With your computer, you’ll never need pencils, paper, binders or textbooks. Everything can be accessed and stored on a computer. This is the 21st century – start living in it!
Eat at Home
Online sessions can last several hours. You’re only human, so chances are you will get hungry. Don’t let Mickey D’s tempt you – fast food and dining out often isn’t worth it. If you don’t eat out often, great! But if you do, you’re going to need to change up your eating habits.
Here are some helpful tips for when you’re preparing to eat:
- Clip coupons only for items you use.
- Write out what you need before going grocery shopping.
- Buy in bulk if it makes sense to do so.
- Keep healthy snack foods in your kitchen for your breaks in between classwork.
Donate to Plasma and Blood Banks
Are you feeling generous and need some quick money? Head on over to a plasma donation center. You can get up to $200 just by donating plasma. Go to the Donating Plasma website to find a donation center near you.
Getting paid to basically lay down for an hour or so? While helping people simultaneously? You should be jumping at this opportunity!
Volunteer for Research
If you’re scared of needles, you could be in a research study instead. Many colleges and scientific organizations look for people willing to participate in experimental psychological and medical studies. And no, you unfortunately won’t be transformed into a superhuman, but you get the next best thing: money!
Check a facility’s website or call them to find out if they have any upcoming tests.
Become a Tutor
Are you an Einstein when it comes to a particular subject? Consider helping out people who are struggling academically by tutoring them.
Offer your services at an hourly rate and put up flyers around town at popular places for students or on online forums. You could also work through a university tutoring system.
Find a Part-Time Job
School may technically be your full-time job, but it doesn’t pay you to learn (wouldn’t that be amazing?). Anyway, having a part-time job will give you a steady cash flow and enhance those life skills.
You know who’s usually desperate for workers? Restaurants. Show them you’re dependable, and you’ll probably get free meals. You heard right – free food always tastes better.
Just because you’re attending online courses doesn’t mean you’re exempt from scholarships; there are many places to find scholarships and grants for online education. You can look for them through your college, but don’t stop there.
All levels of government have scholarship and financial aid programs to help students succeed. Should you stop there? No.
Non-profits like charities, community groups and religious organizations offer scholarships, and so do private companies. They’re out there, all you need to do is find them and submit a little paperwork and you could be getting a sizable amount of aid.
Attend School In-State
Online courses save you money, we know that already. But if you live in Pennsylvania and you’re taking classes from a college in Mississippi, chances are the tuition will be higher since it’s out-of-state.
Obviously that’s a mistake – especially if you live near a college. You could just walk up the road to save money instead of throwing it out the window and hoping it gets to Mississippi.
Save with a Student ID Card
You still get a student ID when you attend college online. This card is your master key for unlocking your education potential. Sound cheesy enough? Great!
This card has a lot of unlocking potential both on and off campus. You’ll find savings at the university, local businesses, and online – all because you’re a student. It’s like having the whole town clap for you because you’re going to college. Pat yourself on the back, why don’t you?
Create a Timeline for Yourself
These tips mean nothing if you don’t create a personal timeline. Lay out where you were before you enrolled, where you are now, and where you want to be in the future.
This timeline should mostly focus on your financial transactions so it will save you money. You can include other things too, such as scheduling and motivational sections.
Why spend money on college when you can spend it on things you really enjoy? With these tips, you’ll have some extra money to reward yourself from a long day’s work of school!
A dollar saved on tuition is a dollar better spent on fun!