How To Save Money On College
Part 2 of 2
Save Money on Textbooks
Textbooks are a HUGE expense for many college students. Surprisingly though this is one way that just about every college student can save money. Purchase used textbooks whenever possible. Used books are often half the cost of new books. Also, make sure to sell your textbooks when you are done. The campus book store will often buy your books back. There are also online book stores that may purchase your books. Either way you can recoup some of the money you have spent on textbooks.
In order to sell your textbooks you will need to keep them in mint condition so no writing or highlighting! If possible borrow you textbooks from your college or a local library. You may even check and see if a friend has a textbook you need and borrow it from them. Be creative, look for individuals that have already taken the class and make them an offer they can't refuse!
Get a Job
A part time job is a great way to bring in some extra money while you are in college. Consider waiting tables or delivering food. Check and see if your local library is hiring, this will give you extra money and maybe even a quiet place to study while working before or after work.
One way to get a job is by opting for a work study program. This program provides part time jobs to undergraduate students. These jobs are sometime dependent on federal aid (requiring you to be eligible via FAFSA information) but not always.
Students who opt for work study programs are paid by the hour and at a minimum once a month. They also have the option of having their wages paid directly towards their college tuition.
Aside from tuition, lodging is the next biggest expense in college. This can be avoided by living at home and attending college locally. However, if you opt to go away to school there are still ways to save.
Becoming an RA (resident advisor) will offer you free or reduced room and board. This could save thousands of dollars. Being an RA may also look great on a post college resume as it is typically a fairly lucrative position. Living off campus may reduce your expenses. Especially if you opt for roommates to help pay utilities, food, and rent.
Saving money in college is possible. By using a few of the above methods you can save thousands of dollars. One of the best ways is to budget accordingly and to cut back on some expenses. Find ways to cut corners, every little bit adds up, and remember that most, if not all, of your fellow college students are in the same predicament as you. Believe it or not, before you know it your days of beans, rice and ramen will be over and you will have a diploma in hand!
It CAN Be Done!