College Planning

How To Make College Affordable

By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III


Can we admit that going to college can be an expensive ordeal? With so many jobs requiring specialized skills, it’s almost imperative that a college degree is needed. But here’s the question – who can avoid college today?


With so many students applying for financial aid, one thing evident is that many students will be leaving college in severe debt. Even though they have obtained the education, debt will be facing them once they enter ‘the real world.’


However, there is good news. There are so many sources available for those entering college that it can help ease the financial burden. Below are some ways in which a perspective student can save for college.


  1. Begin as early as possible applying for scholarships and grants. Don’t wait until the last minute. Sites such as com, Salliemae Scholarship Search, Financial Student Aid, and College Scholarships are a great place to start. As a note – never stop applying for scholarships while you’re in school.


  1. Don’t miss deadlines. While it’s easy to become bogged down with so much ‘stuff,’ the last thing you want to happen is to neglect and/or overlook deadlines. Because scholarships and grants are FREE money and have stipulations, you cannot be late.


  1. Consider looking into what is called ‘backyard scholarships. These scholarships offer smaller prizes but if you’re able to obtain quite a number of these scholarships, you’ll find they will be helpful. Backyard scholarships are usually scholarships that come from your place of worship, high school alumni association, and community associations. Look into every area possible to help reduce your college expense.


  1. Avoid financial aid scams. Never pay for a service promising you financial aid.


  1. Be sure to check and re-check everything before sending the application back. Check your spelling and make sure you have completed everything that is asked of you. The last thing you want to happen is to be disqualified because you rushed through something.


Going to college doesn’t have to break the bank. Yes, it’s going to time some effort on your part to do the research and apply for scholarships and grants.


College can be a wonderful experience. That’s why you need to make sure you experience all of it without having to worry about paying for it and suffering financial heartache and heartbreak down the road.


Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Follow him on Twitter