Friday, January 28, 2011

Getting the most for your money

I can almost guarantee that if asked, any parent with college going children would like the opportunity to save money in any way he or she can. I mean, why wouldn’t they? A good education doesn’t come cheap. However, as a student, there is actually more you can do than you think.

Believe it or not, the government is dying to give away money. Okay you have no reason to believe that, but in reality, there are so many scholarships and grants out there for students; the student simply has to do the research! There is a scholarship out there for everything from excelling academically, to being a loyal customer at Best Buy. The amounts individually may not seem like they’d even make a dent in the large tuition bill, but these small scholarships are what add up and make the huge difference. Fill out all the applications, even if you have the smallest chance of winning. Do research, talk to adults, and find out everything you can by using the Internet. Scholarships and grants do nothing but benefit because unlike loans, you don’t have to worry about paying them back, or being in debt with interest.

Furthermore, get it out of your head how horrendous and miserable AP classes are in high school. In reality, they are one of the best things you get out of high school! By doing well on the test at the end of the year, you save you or your parents thousands of dollars! For each class! I’m not making this up, folks. All that studying in high school really pays off once you get to college. Not only are the same classes 10 times harder in college (and the professors are 10 times more boring), but they also cost astronomically more. So do the work early, get that 5, and do you and your parents a favor.

If qualified, there are also tremendous amounts of need-based grants available for those who have the grades to go to the top 10 universities, but not the money. Don’t let the lack of money stop you from achieving your goals and moving forward towards the career of your dreams. Because honestly, being successful really is everything you hear and more.

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