How I Graduated Debt Free from College

College is very expensive. I believe that paying for college is a big worry and problem for students and parents. I managed to graduate from college debt free though. And I am going to tell you how I did it in a few easy steps.

  1. The FASFA

-Not every student will qualify for grants but it is at least worth a shot. I was shocked by the number of people I went to school with that were not going to fill out the FAFSA because they did not think they would get anything. 

  1. Scholarships

-Focus most of your time on local scholarships as well as ones right from your college. While there are a lot of national scholarships, there is also more competition for these.

-Get involved! Scholarship committees are looking for students that are involved in lots of activities. They are also looking for someone that has done a lot of community service. Make sure you keep track of every community service project you help with as well as the number of hours to make scholarship applications easier.

-Apply for everything no matter how big or small. Also, do not wait until the last minute because late scholarship applications will not be accepted.

  1. Go to an affordable school

-So many people think that private schools are the way to go but public schools offer good educations too. Plus, I read last week that many employers do not even care where a person goes to school.

  1. Get a job

-With good time management, you will be able to have time for school, friends, and work. I recommend getting an on-campus job because they tend to be more flexible when it comes to breaks and finals.

Paying for college is not easy. But hopefully, if you follow my advice, you can graduate debt free or with a lot less debt. Get started early. Figure out where you want to go to school, take your college placement tests, and then get started with all those scholarships!

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