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Weekly Topic Inspiration: Paying for College

  1. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    September is right around the corner, which means that millions of people will be entering college campuses. With a college education comes credentials, connections, and knowledge- but many also college campuses with a hefty pile of debt.

    How have you or your family members addressed the (ever-rising) costs of a college education? What tips can you give about paying tuition, getting scholarships, applying for student loans, or choosing less expensive alternatives? Share your know-how as part of this week’s Weekly Topic Inspiration challenge.

    Don’t have a particular Hub in mind? Here are some search-friendly titles to consider using:
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      KDuBarry03posted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Here is my hub for this week's topic: "Helping a son or daughter in college.

      http://kdubarry03.hubpages.com/hub/Help … in-College

      In this hub, I covered financial aid, how to apply for financial aid, cost effective ways to help your son/daughter in college, and how meal plans at school can save money. I chose this topic because I wished to share how financial aid works if they are applying for college and wish to pay for the tuition via different means. Adding to this, I decided to add in information on meal plans and beneficial items (such as a laptop, fridge, and staple items) because purchasing meal plans can help the parent save hundreds of dollars and investing in a laptop and/or fridge would help save some more money on paper, food on campus, etc.

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        SUCH a good Hub- and so thorough! I wished the same thing after applying for financial aid (and doing a bunch of other things for the first time in college)- and feel silly for not sharing my lessons learned with others. I'm so glad YOU are!

      2. mary615 profile image93
        mary615posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Congrats to Keith for HOTD on this one!  Great Hub.

    2. Patty Kenyon profile image89
      Patty Kenyonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I have never done a weekly topic before and just updated links, added pictures, and other information for a Hub that I originally published towards the end of July...The Hub has to do with Adults Returning to School (based on my personal experience) and does go through the process of affording college including FAFSA, along with other information...Would that be eligible for the weekly topic?

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Patty! WTI is designed to give people ideas of new Hubs to write, so Hubs that have already been published don't count, but that sounds like a fantastically useful Hub, and it totally matches with our theme!

        1. Patty Kenyon profile image89
          Patty Kenyonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Simone, Thank-you so much for taking time to answer my question!!  I will be sure to look next week!!  Thanks Again!!

    3. yougotme profile image90
      yougotmeposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I might try this out as soon as I get some free time from my academics. smile)

      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Cool beans!

    4. Ruchira profile image63
      Ruchiraposted 4 years ago in reply to this
      1. Simone Smith profile image91
        Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        You've shared some great resources here! One thing you might do to add polish to the Hub is to share those URLs in a Links Capsule, complete with custom descriptions sharing your short take on each particular site. The Links Capsule is a great tool for sharing things like this! smile

        1. Ruchira profile image63
          Ruchiraposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Simone for your feedback. 'have done the needful...cheers!

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            KDuBarry03posted 4 years ago in reply to this

            You did an excellent job with this hub, Ruchira!

  2. amos316 profile image79
    amos316posted 4 years ago
    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Great overview of the alternatives- and my my... so many acronyms!! Thanks for explaining them. big_smile

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    chatroomsposted 4 years ago

    OMG speaking of college I start Monday!! I'm a nervous wreck. Those are all interesting topics by the way and would provide something of value to others.

  4. mary615 profile image93
    mary615posted 4 years ago

    Here is my Hub about how my Daughter paid for college with scholarships:
    http://mary615.hubpages.com/hub/How-My- … -Committee

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, good for your daughter! You've provided an inspiring example and roadmap with this Hub.

      1. mary615 profile image93
        mary615posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks!

  5. g-girl11 profile image85
    g-girl11posted 4 years ago

    I just dropped off my son at college two days ago an am very familiar with the process (and fear) involved with college tuition, financial aid and facing the bill.   I wrote about how my son is able to go to an expensive private school without taking out a loan (despite our modest income and lack of savings) and give practical do's and don'ts about the whole process.
    http://g-girl11.hubpages.com/hub/Colleg … g-the-Bill

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Ah, the classic tradition!

      This is a super useful Hub. I love the "dos" and "don'ts" format, and the fact that you're leveraging your personal expertise and that you included photos of your son only make your advice more compelling. Nicely done!

      1. g-girl11 profile image85
        g-girl11posted 4 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks Simone!!!  Glad you enjoyed it!  Never did a "WTI" before---glad I gave it a whirl!!  smile

  6. mts1098 profile image84
    mts1098posted 4 years ago

    PASSHE-The-Pennsylvania-State-System-of-Higher-Education

    I wrote about the PA state schools because they provide an affordable higher education alternative

    1. Simone Smith profile image91
      Simone Smithposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Heya mts1098! That link doesn't seem to work and I can't find any Hub fitting that description via your profile. Is it indeed published?

  7. Lipnancy profile image95
    Lipnancyposted 4 years ago

    What started out to be a very specific hub about single mother scholarships to school, grew into a hub that anyone can use.  Maybe I should have changed the title. You tell me!
    http://lipnancy.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Si … holarships

  8. kathleenkat profile image90
    kathleenkatposted 4 years ago

    This has inspired me to write a Hub about how I graduated college, debt-free:
    http://kathleenkat.hubpages.com/hub/Debt-Free-College

  9. TheSingularity profile image61
    TheSingularityposted 4 years ago

    Great topic! A college education is the greatest investment you can make. Here is how I put myself through college with minimal debt: http://thesingularity.hubpages.com/hub/ … rd-College . This method has been wonderful for me, and I have never been more satisfied with my life. Moving forward is a beautiful thing after years of stagnation in the work force.

  10. tamarawilhite profile image88
    tamarawilhiteposted 4 years ago

    I've started "Alternative Sources of College Credit and Continuing Education Classes" and begun researching free sources of classes. Most of what I've found is simply free online classes that prepare you for the CLEP and AP exams, but this is still cheaper than attending a college course.

  11. Kevin Peter profile image75
    Kevin Peterposted 4 years ago

    Give your feedback about my new hubmob hub

    Finding Money For College - Earn Your College Degree at Affordable Cost
    http://kevin-peter.hubpages.com/hub/Ear … dable-Cost

  12. cashmere profile image82
    cashmereposted 4 years ago

    College in India is very different from the US. Most students don't pay for their own education by working part time jobs. It is seen as the parents duty to pay for the degree that the child will use to get a job. After the child has the professional qualification he is expected to work and eventually take on the responsibility of running the house from the parents. Different culture, different system I suppose.

    1. kathleenkat profile image90
      kathleenkatposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Could you see that as being a problem, say, keeping the poor, poor, and the rich, rich? Poor parents can't afford to send their children to college, so their children remain poor. Rich parents can, so their children remain rich.

      But, like you said, different system, different country. In the States, at least in my particular region, it is embarassing to say that your parents pay for your education, and you are looked down upon for 'not working as hard,' and so on.

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    Elizabeth Dorssomposted 4 years ago

    A list of the top, budget friendly colleges in California




    http://elizabethdorssom.hubpages.com/hu … California

  14. Denise Handlon profile image88
    Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago

    Did I miss something, or is this week's WTI a continuation of last week's WTI?   Thanks  smile

    1. Danette Watt profile image88
      Danette Wattposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      I think it just hasn't changed yet.  I think Tues we'll see a new topic.

      1. Denise Handlon profile image88
        Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

        smile Gee sis, I thought I was going to see a link to a 'college' hub you wrote.  smile

  15. Simone Smith profile image91
    Simone Smithposted 4 years ago

    Great Hubs, y'all. And quite timely!!!

    The new theme for the week is now live. The focus: home furnishings! It might seem like a bland subject, but there's a LOT to be shared, and everyone has SOME experience with this subject!

    I hope you'll join in. big_smile

    1. Denise Handlon profile image88
      Denise Handlonposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks Simone, smile

 
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