Keeping college affordable these days isn’t exactly what most would call easy. Gone is the time when working through the summer to pay for the next years tuition was enough, now taking out student loans is the way to go. While there isn’t much way around it, there are certain steps students can take to avoid getting overwhelmed with debt, all it takes is a solid plan.
It’s never too early to start saving for college, so by the time you hit high school, keeping a college fund in mind really can’t hurt. Though it’s fallen out of fashion for parents to start their kids’ college fund, there’s nothing stopping you from giving yourself a head start. Next up, learn how to properly budget. College expenses are more than just tuition; there are housing, meal plans, textbooks, and other costs that will creep up. Look for ways to reduce your costs like maybe cut back on the brand name toilet paper and switch to generic breakfast cereal.
Take a look at this infographic for more on how to get the best bang for your buck when it comes to your college career.