Be the Early Bird
Get some of your college admissions and shopping done early to score savings:
6. Advanced Placement – Ask the high school counselor if the school offers college advanced placement courses your child can take that will count toward college credits. If the student can take and pass these advanced placement classes, it can reduce the time your child will need to graduate.
7. Family Discounts – If you have more than one child attending college, talk to them about family discounts. Many college offer discounts if more than one student from a family is enrolled at the same time.
8. Books, Computers, and Software – Once you have your class syllabus, find places that sell used required books. Even college bookstores offer used textbooks. Another idea for books is to try e-books, which are lower in cost. Instead of buying a new PC or laptop visit computer repair shops and see what they have in the rebuilt section. Most of these do come with warranties and needed, pre-loaded software. Find free software. For example instead of MS Office Suite, which will cost you, try the free Open Office Suite.
9. FAFSA and Grants – Complete and update your Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA annually, especially if your financial status changes. Colleges do utilize FAFSA numbers to offer students grant packages to make up the difference in what you can afford based on your FAFSA with grants or other discounts.
10. High School Counselors – Utilize your high school counselors. That’s what they get paid for. Even if your child’s high school offers a one-time family night on getting into college, arrange for a private counselor meeting to aid you in finding every opportunity out there for your child’s college career.
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