Getting a higher education is proven to generate more opportunities for a person during their lifetime. College graduates earn, on the average, more than ten thousand dollars per year more than their high school educated counterparts. Over the full length of one’s career – think forty to fifty years – those numbers really add up! That’s nice, but one of the detractions of attending college to garner that higher career pay is that it costs so much at the outset. When people are young, they haven’t earned much money yet, in most cases. Footing the bill to attend college presents difficult financial challenges. There are some simple ways to keep the bill from expanding without need, however.
Recognize that college is about an education, not so much about partying and joining social clubs. Fraternities and sororities will seek to get you to buy into their pricy memberships. But if you’re a social person with reasonable social skills, you’ll make plenty of friends and career style networking connections without joining these organizations. One glance at a college newspaper, or even national news headlines, will show that these groups are still up to their old tricks involving demeaning initiation rites and excessive partying. All that, for a lofty price! If you want to party, you can do it at a much lower cost.
It’s also common to buy a pricy, new or almost new car during one’s college years. This is unnecessarily expensive. Only buy much older, lower cost transportation. You can upgrade your vehicle after you’ve worked for a few years.