12 ways you can reduce college costs

It’s no secret that college is expensive. However, there are ways to reduce college costs. The Student Advisor Blog  provides 12 tips to help you reduce costs in its Complete Survival Guide for Parents. 

Here are some of those 12:

1. Merit scholarships
Most schools offer merit scholarships,which aren’t based on need, to academically talented students. Check with the schools you’re interested in to see if they offer these kinds of scholarships.

2. Special scholarships
Some schools offer scholarships to students who have particular majors, live in a certain area or have parents who work for a particular company.

3. Credits for life experience
You may be able to earn college credit for life experiences, which means you’ll take fewer credits and save a little money. The National College Level Examination Program, also known as CLEP, which gives students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know by taking an exam and possibly earn college credit.

4. Free room and board
Some schools give students free room and board if students participate in certain programs or work a certain number of hours. For example, on our campus, those students who work as resident advisors, who serve as students’ point of contact for any issues in residence life, receive free room and board.

Those are just some ways you can cut costs. If you have any other cost-saving ideas to share please let us know.

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