Paying For It All

Going to college can be expensive but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are some tips to help you pay for it all.

“You should rule your money, money shouldn’t rule your life”

-Jaime Tardy, entrepreneur

Paying Tuition

Understanding loans, grants, and scholarships

Paying Bills

How to manage all the other expenses not covered by tuition

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You can pay tuition using government financial aid. Remember to accept awards in this order to minimize how much you will have to pay back:

  1. Grants
  2. Work Study
  3. Subsidized Loans
  4. Unsubsidized Loans

Try to avoid taking out private loans.

Use scholarships to decrease the amount of loans you have to take out.

Secrets to Financial Success Include:

  • Define financial success for the short and long term using concrete example and numbers.
  • Using a budget helps you control your money rather than allowing your money to control you.
  • Pay  yourself first means setting a goal for building your personal emergency fund and setting that monthly or weekly amount aside as soon as you get paid instead of saving whatever you have left over at the end of the month.
    •  An emergency fund is a set amount of money you set aside so that you can weather unexpected expenses.
    • Once you have an emergency fund, set a goal to pay down any debt from smallest to largest, rolling all extra money into the next debt when you pay off the one before until all debts are paid.
    • Continue to revisit and adjust your financial goals as you understand what’s possible and clarify what you want.
    • All prices are negotiable and it never hurts to ask for a better price on a first quote.

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