Tips for an Affordable Education

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

So many people are struggling financially these days and for those younger ones that want to apply for further education, they can be very overwhelmed and sad and even turned off by the idea of not being able to afford an education. So in order to motivate the youth and help keep those of ALL ages motivated, I wanted to make a post about how you can look for an affordable education.

Know What You Want To Do

Don’t embark on a path hardcore if you don’t feel truly drawn to it. Go with what you are passionate about and what you’re good at. I know too many people that went to college for years studying one area and then decided they wanted to go after what they REALLY wanted all along. So they wasted money and time on something they weren’t even sure about from the beginning.

Look for Scholarships and Grants

There are plenty of scholarships out there, like Tech Live Connect that can help you fund your education. The key is to research as many opportunities as possible and then apply for them like it’s your full time job. Be thorough in your applications and keep track of all you’ve applied for. There are literally scholarships and grants available for all kinds of things. Ask friends and family if they know of any as well. These opportunities can help fund not just your actual tuition but the costs that come along with it like supplies, housing, etc.

Cut Expenses

When you’re trying to fund something for yourself, it’s important to cut costs elsewhere any way you can. This might mean taking on a roommate to help split the cost of housing or even committing to cooking at home instead of spending money going out to eat. There all kinds of creative ways to save money as well but don’t forget the simple act of setting money aside for savings and getting rid of unnecessary shopping and expenses can be the biggest help.

Cheap Out on Supplies

For any books you need, you can look for used books at a fraction of the cost of new books. You can also shop secondhand for general academic supplies like notebooks, etc. Look for sales when you can or even ask friends and family if they have any items they can give you or sell you for a low cost.

Put Your All Into It

If you’re going to invest money in your future, you need to take it very seriously. Study, do homework, seek help if you feel lost and remember that the payoff will be the reward. Don’t get discouraged. Cut out distractions from your life that will hinder your ability to thrive with your education. Multitask when you can. If you have a job that has really slow days, ask your supervisor if they would allow you to do homework and study while you wait during a lull of work.

What tips do you have for those that plan to further their education?

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