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Smart budgeting and careful financial planning can significantly offset the cost of going to school; this directory of affordable colleges is designed to help you in that planning.
Local colleges in your area may also know about additional, alumni-based scholarships designed especially for residents can reduce your overall college expenses. Sometimes, colleges create special programs for residents, like paying for a percentage of their full tuition if they maintain a specific grade point average in high school.
Online classes can supplement an on-campus education as well. If you are interested in studying a practical discipline that requires laboratory work, you should contact local schools to see if they have hybrid options. In a hybrid program, you can take lab courses on-campus and finish your theoretical coursework through the web. This mixing and matching of learning options is one of the best ways to personalize your learning experience and save a lot of money at the same time. It also allows you to be employed more easily and working may offset the cost of education.
If you take the time to do your homework carefully, you can significantly reduce the cost of college. You may need to choose to take a little longer to complete your degree, take courses at more than one institution, take combination of online and in-person courses, or scour local, national and international resources for scholarships, but you can find ways to make pursuing a degree very affordable. Choosing to not develop a large amount of student loan debt is very wise and will allow you, once you graduate, to choose jobs based on what you want to do vs. paying off a high debt.
Be sure to carefully research faculty credentials, institutional and programmatic accreditation. Spending one to seven years in a program, only to discover that your chosen profession will not accept your credentials, could mean a devasting blow to your future. The Accreditation Guide explains the difference between types of accreditation and where you should check that information.