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