Have you been accepted to the college you always dreamt of, but are wondering how to meet the high college tuition fees? Tuition fees are getting more expensive across the board, and students have to find smarter ways of meeting these costs, and making it affordable. Scholarships are the first option, but this is not always on offer. Here are a few tips on saving on tuition fees and other college costs.
A grant is free money to help you pay for your college costs. Charitable organizations with education programs will usually make calls for application for grants for students studying in areas of their interest. Look up different foundations, trusts and other charitable organization websites for these calls.
Bargain with the college
You can write an appeal letter explaining your financial situation and ask for a waiver or reduction of part of the tuition fees. It is better making a physical visit to the college and talking to the financial advisor face to face.
This is a popular way of raising money for students the world-over. Different colleges have different hours and regulations for student work-study programs, but this is always easy money. Check out if you are eligible and make the application. You will get the normal wage but the hours are limited, with a limit at how much you can earn in a semester.
Live off campus
Accommodation in the student hostels is a significant part of your college costs. You can live off campus and save a lot. There are flat share arrangements where you can live in shared accommodations for much less, and with the same feel as the college hostels.
Save on books
New textbooks will also cost you good money if you have to buy two or three books for each unit. You can save on these costs by hunting for second-hand texts. You can also use book loan services or borrow from your classmates.
Watch your meal costs
What you eat and drink can add up to a significant bill. You can buy organ meats instead of lean beef, or have chicken backs instead of breasts, and other recipe tricks to make your meal cheaper. Going out can also drain your money fast if you are doing it 2-3 times a week. Limit your outings to the weekends, and even then be sensible about it.
Enroll at a cheaper school
If the tuition fees are prohibitive and you can’t meet them however much you try, look for other schools offering the same course. You could get lower demands for tuition fees and other costs.