Cutting College Costs
Now that the U.S. Government is back up and running, or limping, or whatever it is that they do these days, I thought we could take our minds off of the trillion-kabillion-gazillion that America owes to other countries, and focus on how we might avoid such spending habits when it comes to American students and college.
Let me say this up-front, I do not believe that my kids, when/if they attend college, will ever need any of the following: a sushi bar in the school cafeteria; valet parking to avoid those remote lots from which students don’t like to hike to classes; over-the-top gyms that are spas; free climbing walls and ski/snowboarding. We’re looking for the academic experience, over and out. Some proximity to a local town with basic stores might be helpful, but beyond that….
I’ve shared with you in the past, how a high school student might cut his/her college costs significantly via: CLEP tests which test him out of at least the first two years of college at about $100/ 3 credit course; attending a school such as the University of South Africa whose online costs for a 4-year degree is in the $5,000 range (total, not per annum); or, of course, attending a community college before transferring to a bigger (i.e., more expensive) university.
Well, apparently, I’ve been aiming too low, because there are plenty of colleges in the U.S. where a student may attend for free. Free. FREE!!!
If that sounds too good to be true, it well may be, but you never know until you apply. A number of the schools are highly selective, whether in terms of their applicants accepted, or in terms of their narrow-focus majors offered. Yet, as they say, there’s something for everyone….
A few may require you to engage in on-campus, part-time work, whether operating farm machinery in rural settings, or owing a few years of your life in military programs, or doing the usual odd campus jobs available to undergrads. Some are schools of art, music, engineering, faith-based, or dedicated to serving students of a certain region, such as Appalachia.
Not sure that any of them would work for our family, but it made for a hope-filled read from U.S. News and World Report: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2012/06/12/save-money-by-attending-tuition-free-colleges.
A little more dated list, with some broken links is here. But, all you need is one, right? http://www.advantageedu.com/blog/2008/100-free-college-rides-you-dont-need-daddy-to-pay-for/ .
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