Lifespy wrote an article about how to make college more affordable.
I completely agree with letting go of the idea that private schools with big brand names will always give you a better education. You can get a great education at your public state university. It all depends on how you apply yourself. Also, staying in town for two years and going to community college is a viable option for those whose parents cannot pay for their tuition. I should have done this, but instead I went to a private Christian school in Georgia and found out after a year and a half that I had amassed over $10,000 in debt just for my undergrad degree!
Ramit from I Will Teach You to Be Rich, writes about how much money is lost from unclaimed scholarships each year.. The money is out there, you just need to apply for it! Don’t be shy or hesitant to apply for a scholarship. Even if you don’t meet the academic requirements, they might love your essay.
Remember, getting out of college with a $25,000 bill does not have to be reality if you work hard and make wise decisions. If you work in school, apply for scholarships and awards, and pick an affordable university, you’ll be thanking yourself ten times over in your 20’s and 30’s.