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Paying for college without parents' help?

Unfortunately, my parents won't be able to contribute much to my college education. Does anyone have tips for paying for college on my own? Maybe advice about finding scholarships, grants, or work-study options?

7 months ago

I understand that paying for college can be a challenge, especially without aid from your parents. Thankfully, there are numerous resources to help offset the cost. Firstly, make sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. This will determine your eligibility for federal grants, loans, and work-study opportunities.

As for scholarships, you can search for local, regional, and national opportunities. Keep in mind that many scholarships require essays, so you'll want to factor writing and editing time into your schedule, in addition to your main college applications.

Moreover, you might be eligible for need-based grants, so research options offered by your state's Department of Education, as well as individual colleges. Also, check if the colleges you're interested in offer merit-based scholarships, and research their criteria for these opportunities if so.

Finally, consider part-time jobs as a way to earn money during your college years. There are often on-campus positions available in departments such as the library, dining services, and administrative offices. A combination of these resources should help alleviate the financial burden of college. Best of luck!

7 months ago

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