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Posted February 23, 2017 by

17 strategies that can help you graduate from college debt free

 

College is expensive. And student loan debt is on the rise. While many believe the only way to graduate from college debt free is by receiving an academic or athletic scholarship, there are actually several strategies one can implement to graduate from college debt free – or with much less debt than the average college student graduates with – which is just over $30,000.

It’s not easy and it could make the path to graduation more challenging, but it can be done. It starts by planning in advance and digging deep to find ways to accomplish this goal.

“The days of going to college without any real pre-planning or self-evaluation are over,” says Bob LaBombard, retired CEO of GradStaff, a company that helps college students and recent college grads identify where there skills fit in the job force  “It’s just too costly and risky.”

Consider these facts: More than half of college students change their major at least once. Further, recent data shows that only about 56 percent of students entering college graduate within six years; almost half drop out.

“Clearly, lack of a clear-cut plan often causes students to waste time, precious tuition dollars and, ultimately, interest in completing a degree,” says LaBombard.

There are many strategies that can help college students cover the high costs of obtaining a college degree, and if done correctly, graduating debt free. We highlight those strategies here:

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Posted February 21, 2017 by

10 employers that offer tuition assistance for part-time employees

 

It’s no secret that college tuition is expensive. And it’s no secret that student loan debt is an issue because of this. In fact, nearly seven in 10 seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2015 had student loan debt, with an average of $30,100 per borrower, according to the Institute for College Access & Success.

But there are surefire ways to lessen student debt load, while gaining valuable job skills and experience at the same time. (more…)

Posted November 09, 2012 by

Work vs. school, and how to do both

 

Who has a better deal, working stiffs or college students? Which group has an easier day stretching out in front of them when they wake up in the morning? Who feels a stronger sense of reward and accomplishment before dropping back into bed at the end of that day?  Who has more pocket money for the short term or retirement money for the long haul? Who gets more respect from society? With our friends at LiveCareer, we ran the numbers, and this is what we came up with. (more…)