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Weekly Round-Up: Back To School News

It’s back to school time! For parents, that means spending money in all sorts of ways. In this Weekly Round-Up we’ll focus on back to school news and ways to avoid student loan debt.

ACCC has the scoop on back to school news.

ACCC has the scoop on back to school news.

Back to School News Headlines

Every parent, family or college bound student will need to pay for school supplies. Clothing, notebooks, textbooks, technology and art supplies are just a handful of expenses that typically pop up for students. Plus, you might be considering or already bridled with student loans. Here are several articles about back to school news and more on student loans.

  • “The hottest back to school tech deals for 2019” by Yahoo
  • “Federal Student Loan Interest Rates Decrease For New Borrowers In 2019 – 2020” by Forbes
  • “Where To Buy Affordable Glasses Online, Just In Time For Back To School” by Huffpost
  • “How to beat back-to-school stress and avoid overspending, according to teachers” by NBC
  • “Trump Administration to Automatically Forgive Federal Student Loan Debt for Totally and Permanently Disabled Veterans” by U.S. Department of Education

20 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

Receiving an education can be a life-changing experience. Colleges, trade schools, and other certificate programs offer many opportunities for people to advance their skill sets in a chosen profession. But there is no reason to take on more loans than you can handle. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to avoid student loan debt. Here are some strategies to help before, during and after enrollment.

List of Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

  1. Delay Enrollment to Save Up Money
  2. Relocate for In-state Tuition
  3. Decrease Your Meal Plan To Save on Costs
  4. Apply for Scholarships and Never Stop
  5. Work While You Study
  6. Live With Roommates Off-Campus
  7. Ditch the Car
  8. Volunteer with AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps to Receive Education Award
  9. Attend a School With the Best Financial Offer
  10. Enroll in Community College for Two Years
  11. Don’t Go to College- Make Sure Your Field Demands It
  12. Complete Certificate Training Programs Instead
  13. Work for the University to Receive Reduced or Free Tuition
  14. Take Extra Credits in Fall or Spring, Finish Early
  15. Enlist in ROTC or Any Service Branch First for the GI Bill
  16. Become a Resident Advisor for Free Room & Board
  17. Study Hard to Land a Job Post Graduation
  18. Use Employer Education Benefits for Tuition
  19. Work During Summers to Save Cash
  20. Continue to Work With the Financial Aid Office for Any Opportunities

If you’re struggling to pay off debt, ACCC can help. Sign up for a free credit counseling session today. 


Michelle is a regular contributor to Talking Cents. She has taken several financial courses on debt management and is ready to circulate what she has learned from them as well as lessons from her own life- family to DIY projects to student loan debt.

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