I’m paying for college without my parents’ help. What are my options?

Here are some tips that can help you navigate the process and make it feel less overwhelming.

If you can live near the college rent-free, or at low cost, then this is likely the most cost-effective choice.

Living at Home

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Considering Private vs Public Colleges

Public colleges are, generally speaking, less expensive than private colleges.

Starting at a Community College

Completing your first two years of study at a community college is another option that could dramatically reduce the overall cost of college.

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Because scholarships don’t typically need to be repaid, they are a valuable tool to help fund your college education.

Applying for Relevant Scholarships


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