Whether you are in the beginning stages of a college search or well underway in your academic pursuits, it’s always a good idea to think about how you can cut down your college tuition costs. While it may take a little planning and time on your part, your future self will thank you when you have less student loan debt!
Read on – we’ve outlined the best ways to pay for college below.
HOW DO SCHOLARSHIPS WORK?
Scholarships are typically awarded by universities or outside institutions based on community involvement or activities, academic merit, or athletic achievement. Receiving scholarships can significantly cut down on college costs, as they do not need to be repaid.
Here are the basics:
- The scholarship application process often varies. It’s important to check with your school and outside institutions for their specific application procedures.
- Your school may award you with a scholarship when you receive your initial acceptance package or may offer it at a later semester.
HOW DOES FINANCIAL AID WORK?
The world of financial aid can be a difficult one to navigate – but if you are an eligible student, it’s well worth your time to submit the free financial aid application.
Here are the basics:
- To earn financial aid, you need to be an eligible student. Read more here to understand financial aid requirements.
- In order to apply, you must fill out and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Your school’s financial aid office will be able to help guide you through the application process.
- Financial aid comes in three forms: work study, grants, and loans.
- Work study is funding you receive when you hold a part-time job affiliated with your university while taking classes.
- Grants provide money that does not need to be repaid.
- Loans do need to be repaid, usually with interest.
WHAT IF FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS DO NOT COVER EVERYTHING?
Private student loans are a helpful way to cover the remaining portion of tuition and other school-related expenses after you have exhausted your scholarships and financial aid options. Be sure to consider all variables of private student loans: in-school payments vs. deferred payments; no co-signer needed vs. U.S. co-signer needed; fixed interest rates vs. variable rates.
Consider your options so you can find a loan that is best suited for your needs. MPOWER loans do not require a co-signer or a credit score and have a fixed interest rate for the life of the loan. We provide our borrowers with free financial literacy courses and personal career counseling. MPOWER was founded by professionals who struggled to pay for school themselves – so we know that financing your education can be tough. The whole MPOWER team is committed to helping you on your path to success!