Graduating college debt free? It’s possible. Check out Rebekah Bell’s article on how to do it. Here are some of the tips:
1. Look hard for scholarships. I received an academic scholarship and need-based aid through my university. I also received several community and church scholarships and a matching grant through my father’s workplace. Searching for scholarships and aid is tiring but can definitely pay off.
2. Use your skills. Figure out a way to use your college interests to earn extra money—and to beef up your résumé and gain real-world experience. I competed on my university’s speech team and worked as a videographer for the college newspaper in exchange for several thousand dollars’ worth of scholarship money. Some of my friends received athletic or theater scholarships. A friend who was an English major worked in the on-campus tutoring center.
3. Make the most of summers. I worked full-time but also spent time interning for film companies. Some of my friends found paid internships during the summer, worked at camps, or took classes at community college for a fraction of the cost. One friend who did this was able to graduate a semester early, thereby saving several thousand dollars on tuition.