Given that spring is rapidly approaching and college application deadlines are arriving and passing, the subject of how to fund a college education is probably present in the minds of many high school students.
For those not completely disenfranchised from reality and real-world costs, the thought of paying for a college education (even if it is at a community college), is a daunting one. The question becomes how one can afford to not only go to school and do well, but work to pay for college and textbooks.
Many high school students taking the next step to college, often decide to opt for student loans to help pay for the school of their dreams. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 35 percent of undergraduates have a college loan. While the education may well be worth the expense, the pain comes after graduation when the loans have to be paid off.
This is why it is very important to know where the money you are receiving for college is coming from before you accept or sign onto any terms and conditions. And that is a basic principle in getting any loans, such as payday loans. Yes, Payday loans are short-term loans that are easy to get, but they can catch you off-guard when your not being careful.
First, off it is a good idea to be able to distinguish between loans and scholarships. Loans have to be paid back and are given on the basis of a variety of factors such as yearly income, race or need. Scholarships on the hand do not have to paid back. Think of them as gifts for good grades or some other accomplishment during your high school years.
If you are someone who intends to go to a private school and don’t have the family or the personal funds to pay that sort of tuition, scholarships will become your best friend. Apply to any and every possible scholarship where you meet the criteria. The College Board has a lot of great links to scholarships.
In addition to distinguishing between a loan and a scholarship, if you decide to apply for a loan and qualify, think of the larger picture. This is very important.
You are going to have to repay this loan so having a job will become a necessity and a disposable income allowance will become a thing of the past. In addition, do not assume that once you have graduated from college, that you will be making the big bucks. Think level entry pay and you will be more prepared for reality when it hits (or pleasantly surprised if you do land a high-paying job right out of college).
Another little piece of information you may want to consider before signing yourself up for some major debt is to realize that there is nothing wrong with going to a public university. In fact, some public universities may offer better networking possibilities and curriculums in your major than a private school.
This is why it is a good idea to always do research and do not attend a college on the basis of a name.
By following some of these tips, you may be able to (slightly) ease the pain of paying for a college education before resorting entirely to loans and then the interest that is associated with those loans.