Planning for college - I need advice!

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Registered: 10-04-2012
Planning for college - I need advice!
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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 5:37pm

I'm starting to make plans for college. It's been a while, about 3 years since I've been in school, so I'm a little out of the loop. But I am determined to make it happened. My grades were so-so in high school, then I did great 3-yrs ago in community college.  Had to quit because of the baby.  My biggest challenge is going to be tuition, getting financial aid etc… I mean where do I start? Anyone here "been there done that" with budgeting for college, financial aid, student loans… I'd love to hear how you did it!

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Registered: 11-22-2012
Sat, 11-24-2012 - 11:06pm

Those were great links and that's how you get started. It'll be a lengthy process at the beginning but once you are through with the initial phase the rest of the semesters will get easier where financial aid is concerned.

I'm sure you'll do great, get to it!Laughing

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Registered: 10-04-2012
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 6:33pm

Thanks so much for the advice!  Keep it coming...  I never thought about looking for grants.  And also, those sites you posted are very helpful!

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Registered: 10-04-2012
Tue, 10-23-2012 - 2:01pm

Great that you want to go back to school!  I was lucky to have a scholarship cover some of my tuition, plus I used work/study to cover my expenses.  But my youngest brother is off to a rough start out of high school - I have been helping him with the same things you are talking about, researching online.  Here are some sites that I found helpful:

http://studentaid.ed.gov

This is a great site in general and they have a budget calculator where you can factor in your tuition,expenses and income for a better idea of your needs.


http://collegeonlinealternatives.com

This site is great for inspiration/motivation & they have a lot of informative links and resources.  Should help with some of your questions!


http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fws/index.html

This is the link for the work/study program I mentioned.  If you qualify, you have access to decent-paying part-time jobs to help with expenses.

Good luck, I will make a note to pass more links on if I find them!

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 10-12-2012 - 2:33pm

Going back to school can be exciting!  Do you have any idea what you want to study?  Once you have an idea, I would start looking for scholarships and grants.  You won't have to pay those back.  Getting financial aid is very easy.  You can do it all online now.  It's not like it was when I got my BS and had to set aside time to go to the financial aid office a few times.  http://www.fafsa.ed.gov is the site where you can find information on loans.  It was a very quick process for me, like less than a month to get everything done (accepted to school, enrolled, aid, etc.).