25 Ways to Pay for College

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This shaves an entire year or more of costs off your total investment, and is the single biggest thing you can do to keep costs down.

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It isn’t necessary to have a car, and while a laptop might be nice, it isn’t imperative. Credit card debt and car debt are the top two reasons that keep students from getting a higher education.

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If you routinely take 16 hours a quarter instead of 12, you’ll not only graduate sooner, you’ll get four free hours each quarter. That adds up to more than a year of free tuition over four years.

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Reduce your debt and your family’s contribution. Since most government grants aren’t given for year-around attendance, it’s expected you’ll take one term off to work full-time.

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By working 13-15 hours per week, a WWU student can earn up to $4,000 during the school year alone.