The Scholarship System's Paying for College Series: Reducing Your Tuition Bill

The Scholarship System's Paying for College Series: Reducing Your Tuition Bill



hey there this is Joseph Anita the founder of the scholarship system and welcome to this week's talk we're going to start a series called paying for college so this is part one of paying for college and what I want to talk about today is how to decrease the amount of money you need so a lot of you probably know that I'm pretty passionate about securing debt-free money to pay for college but while it's great to get free money for college and you know cover the bill what about the other end where you can actually just decrease the amount of money that you even need so if you can do both of these in conjunction with each other then you absolutely are increasing your chances of graduating completely debt-free and having all the opportunities that me as well as thousands of others have had because we managed to do just that so today we're going to talk about in part one we're going to talk about ways to decrease your tuition bill now as a high school student you have a few options so the first I want to talk about is signing up for those AP IB the International Baccalaureate or even the dual credit courses so all three of these options are just classes that you take while you're in high school but yet you get college credit for them so this is a great way to free up an entire semester of time whether you want to fill it in with a double major or a minor or you can even graduate early now some students might not want to do that but some students who really want to just cut down their tuition bill and make sure that they're not graduating in a bunch of debt maybe that's a good option so taking those AP IB and dual enrollment classes give you that flexibility and that freedom to where you can choose either to graduate early or to fill it in with something else but either way that is a much more affordable option to get college credit and some it's even free most high schools a lot of high schools will cover the fee for taking the exams for the AP and IB classes or even the fee for your dual enrollment classes so those are those three options while you're in high school are fantastic ways to get college credit and cut down your tuition bill when you get to college now the second way that you can decrease your tuition bill is by possibly staying in-state but I do want to say what if that's not always the cheapest way so what I mean here when I say that is that don't just take it for granted on just assume that maybe staying in-state is the best option you might be able to find a college that is out-of-state but they would give you in-state tuition that might end up cheaper or maybe even there's different states where they're out-of-state tuition is less than what you'd have to pay if you stayed where you live so this is very common in the Northeast where college prices are a lot higher there are so many northeastern students that go down south for school and I think this is one of the major reasons so that said I think there's always the big push to stay in-state to make your college more affordable which in mud in many cases that that works but I do want to just say here don't just assume that that's the best case and kind of shop around because you might be surprised at what you find you might be able to go down to amazing South Carolina where I live beautiful weather beaches and all that stuff and save some money so just look around it's really the second tip so the first one is taking those AP IB and dual enrollment classes the second one is to just not assume that in-state in your state is the best option then for the last one I want to talk about one more set of tests that can help you get college credit and this is actually for when you get to college and they're called CLEP exams so when you get to college if you think that you are a whiz at English or whiz at Statistics then in and you want to make sure that your college will accept it then you can take a CLEP exam rather than having to take the actual class so you can get a prep book where you can go through it learn the materials and you just take an exam to place out of that class so again this comes down to decreasing the number of classes that you have to even take at college or freeing up the time for maybe a class that you need for something else so those are just three quick options on how to reduce your tuition bill next time we are going to talk about more ways to do that and so make sure that you hit the button below subscribe to our channel because we're going to be putting out tons of helpful information as far as paying for college securing scholarships and ultimately graduating debt-free which is of course our goal so thank you for joining me and I look forward to seeing you next time

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