By Khyle Buchanan
Autumn is fast approaching and for some it will be the beginning of their senior year of high school. Being a high school senior can be exciting, but it also means that you have to get ready for college and that decision process can be difficult. A major problem most students have when choosing a college is the cost to attend, but if you follow these tips, the cost of college will definitely be a smaller problem to deal with.
Set a price range.
When choosing a college, it is important that the cost of the institution you want to attend is in a price range you are comfortable paying. It’s also important that you never allow yourself to feel pressured, by anyone, into choosing a college that is more expensive than you’re comfortable with paying because it’s your financial future that’s affected and not theirs. Talk with your school’s college advisor for help with finding schools in your price range.
Apply for scholarships.
After you’ve set your price range it is important that you apply for scholarships. Scholarships are important; they save you a lot of money when paying for things, like those pesky college books. Apply for as many scholarships as you can.
You can find scholarships here: http://www.fastweb.com/
File your FAFSA.
This is the most important thing you have to do when applying for college. This not only helps your college put together a financial aid package for you, but it also helps the government set you up with grants (and loans) to pay for your education. I know that word loan scares you, but don’t worry, it’s completely optional to use.
You can file your FAFSA here: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
Get a part-time/summer job.
Before you start college get a part-time or summer job and save money to go towards your college fund. I know you’ll be tempted to spend that money when you get it, but it’ll be beneficial in the long run when you’re able to attend college without having to worry about debt.