Graduating College Debt Free? It’s Possible.

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.

Adam Taufique

Adam Taufique is a founding member of Qur'an Weekly and Debt Free Muslims. He is a regular khateeb in his community and has served in Masjids from being a weekend school teacher to youth coordinator. You can follow him on Google+ or on Twitter @adamtaufique.

3 Comments

  1. shahzaibhoushe
    November 12, 2013

    Perfect! Always a step ahead I hope people take your experiences into consideration.

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  2. Shahzaib & M. Yusuf
    November 12, 2013

    These three steps are really important because looking hard for scholarships depends on your skills and using most of the summer for part-time/full-time jobs or even studying before the next year will help benefit his/her future. Insha’Allah I hope more people will read this article and benefit as well.

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  3. Safaa
    November 12, 2013

    I found this article very helpful to me, in the long run I have an idea of what options I have to save my money wisely. It will definitely benefit me on where and how I can get a scholarship.

    Reply

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