Paying Your Way Through College

In today’s day and age, going to college is almost a requirement to go far in the work place. Having a degree from a college or university not only gives you the education you need to gain employment but it also gives you another way to market yourself for that job you are striving for. A college degree is most often expensive but there are ways to handle that cost all on your own.

Getting a Job

To pay for college requires money and the easiest way to make money is to have a job. This job does not have to be anything fancy and can even be part time. Depending on the type of school that is being attended, studies may need to be done part-time and work done full time to earn enough money to pay for school. Money made from this job can be put towards tuition bills and no student loans will need to be taken out.

Work – Study Program

Most colleges offer work – study opportunities or internships. These are jobs you get part-time on campus working for professors or in the office buildings. You can either be paid in cash and apply this money to your tuition or you can work for the school and money will be deducted off of your tuition cost.


Grants are monies that are applied for through the government. Certain requirements and specifications need to be met but if approved, the money is given and is then applied towards tuition and does not need to be paid back. Depending on the type of grant, it can be renewed annually until graduation or a one-time thing.


Scholarships work in the same way grants do but are given out by different agencies and groups. These need to be applied for like grants do and certain requirements and specifications need to be met as well. The amount of each scholarship will vary from organization to organization and the renewability of the scholarship will vary as well. When scholarship money is given, the giver sends the money straight to the college or university and the amount is applied to the tuition bill.

Community College

Community colleges are a great way to cut down on the expense of college and ease the burden of tuition costs. In addition to being cost effective, after completing the two years a community college requires, an Associate’s degree can be achieved. Then a transfer to a 4-year university can be done and the rest of the work towards a 4-year degree can be completed.

A college degree takes work and can be costly. Being determined and doing some extra work can leave a college graduate debt free as they enter the work force.

Louise Baker is a freelance blogger and journalist who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and online degrees. She most recently wrote about where to get the best criminal justice degrees.

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