Surviving in college can be tough. However, it doesn’t have to be when you’re equipped with the knowledge to be prepared for whatever might transpire on your way to a great education.
A great way to have enough money for college is to start saving early. Ideally your parents should have been putting money away for your college fund. If they weren’t, hopefully you were saving the allowance they’ve been paying you all these years. If they didn’t even give you one, then you better hope to have had a part time job in high school and saved every penny.
Another way to be able to afford college is to opt for dual enrollment while in high school. This way you’re getting a head start on your college education. You can take some basic classes at a local community college. Just make sure your credits will be able to be transferred when you enroll at a four year university.
After you begin going to college you may end up with a good amount of money, either from a scholarship, grant, student aid or a loan. Make sure and only use those funds to pay for your tuition, room and board and your textbooks.
It can be easy to think you’re rich, as this could be the first time in your life you have a few thousand bucks. Only buy what’s necessary and save more than you spend each month, except of course at the beginning of each semester when tuition is due.
To further save on college life you’ll want to reduce your expenses while in college. You can do so by living at home. That way you’ll get free home cooked meals and won’t have to pay rent.
Take the bus to and from school or ride a bike so you won’t spend a dime on gas or on the other expenses of having a vehicle. Another neat way to save in college is to rent your textbooks instead of buying them.
Going to school is really essential, but there are also lessons in life that you need to be able to succeed that you won’t really learn in school. One of which is something Rick Kimball, entrepreneur and CEO said, “That the fastest road to success isn’t about assembling smart people and working hard, but rather engaging people in a bigger ideal than themselves and positively engaging people to work as a team.” For more of these life-changing tips, you can go here.