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There are a num­ber of strate­gies that poten­tial stu­dents can employ to make col­lege cheap­er, most of which are used dur­ing the appli­ca­tion process. If you are already in col­lege, there are a few ways you can still get a dis­count on your tuition, though it is sig­nif­i­cant­ly more dif­fi­cult. Since there is a wide range of tuition costs, the best way to get the most for your dol­lar is to find schools that meet your needs at rea­son­able prices. The next biggest expen­di­ture after tuition is room and board, which often cost stu­dents a lot of mon­ey for a small dorm room. The good news is that room and board fees can be bypassed if you com­mute or take online class­es from home. To find some great schools that offer afford­able online degrees, check out our list of 30 Cheap­est Online Bachelor’s Degrees. Let’s take a clos­er look at how you can cut down costs while work­ing towards a degree that will repay your invest­ment upon graduation.


If you know what schools you want to apply to and are look­ing for ways to get a break on tuition, remem­ber that there are a num­ber of dif­fer­ent schol­ar­ships avail­able for any degree seek­er. Every col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty has a finan­cial aid office which usu­al­ly offers schol­ar­ships for high­ly moti­vat­ed stu­dents, so you should be sure to check what finan­cial aid pack­ages are offered at your insti­tu­tion. In addi­tion, there are a wide vari­ety of schol­ar­ships that are offered by pri­vate insti­tu­tions, most of which require fill­ing out a form and sub­mit­ting a short essay for a chance to win thou­sands of dol­lars off of your tuition. Many of the pri­vate schol­ar­ships can be applied for even if you are already tak­ing class­es, as the award mon­ey will count towards your next semester’s tuition. For more infor­ma­tion on how to find some schol­ar­ships that you would be eli­gi­ble for, check out our FAQ on How Do I Find Schol­ar­ships?.

Work-Study Programs

If you are already in col­lege, a good way to make some extra mon­ey that can go toward tuition is by apply­ing to a Work-Study Pro­gram. Work-Study pro­grams are sub­si­dized by the Fed­er­al Gov­ern­ment, and encour­age stu­dents to find a job on cam­pus that relates to their field of study, and pays them for their efforts. For exam­ple, if you are a com­put­er sci­ence major, you might apply at the Tech­nol­o­gy Help cen­ter, to assist oth­er stu­dents with nav­i­gat­ing your school’s online plat­form. If you are an Eng­lish major you could work in your school’s library, or help oth­er stu­dents with their essay writ­ing. Many col­leges also offer oppor­tu­ni­ties to engage their sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, like tutor­ing local K‑12 stu­dents after school. In addi­tion to Work-Study pro­grams, there are a num­ber of jobs on cam­pus that can help save you a lot of mon­ey. Res­i­dent Advi­sors keep tabs on the activ­i­ties of the stu­dents who live in their dorm, mak­ing sure that the envi­ron­ment is safe and com­fort­able for every­one, and in exchange often have their room and board paid for by the college.


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