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.
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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.
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!
Congrats to Keith for HOTD on this one! Great Hub.
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?
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!
I might try this out as soon as I get some free time from my academics. )
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!
My two cents.
http://amos316.hubpages.com/hub/How-to- … nder-5-000
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.
Here is my Hub about how my Daughter paid for college with scholarships:
http://mary615.hubpages.com/hub/How-My- … -Committee
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
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!
I wrote about the PA state schools because they provide an affordable higher education alternative
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?
please try again
http://mts1098.hubpages.com/hub/PASSHE- … -Education
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
This has inspired me to write a Hub about how I graduated college, debt-free:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
A list of the top, budget friendly colleges in California
http://elizabethdorssom.hubpages.com/hu … California
Did I miss something, or is this week's WTI a continuation of last week's WTI? Thanks
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