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Choosing a college is of the most important decisions you make in your life. Your choice influences everything from the friends you make, to the career path you choose and, often, the place you live after you graduate.
Perhaps most importantly, it will determine how much money you spend over the next four years of your life and how much loan debt you will need to pay off once you get into the real world. Adjusted for inflation, the cost (tuition and housing) of attending a public, four-year school has increased by 259% over the last 40 years, so chances are you’ll have at least a little bit of debt.
But you can get a job and pay your pay through school, right? We’ve all had an older relative tell us this at one point or another. They did it back in their day, so you can too!
Coming out of school debt-free sounds great, so we at TextbookRush decided to dive in and take a closer look at how to do it. More...
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Schools without Hidden Expenses: Part 3
Getting into college is one thing, but figuring out how to pay for it is another.
It's a challenge that millions of Americans face every year. Usually, it doesn't matter where you live; for in-state and out-of-state schools, both public and private, cost of attendance can be thousands — and often tens of thousands — of dollars per semester, leaving you scrambling to find ways to make financial ends meet. Merit- and athletic-based scholarships aren't always available, and need-based grants will only take you so far. Student loans can serve as a short-term solution but, in the long run, can leave you drowning in debt well beyond graduation.
Many schools, however, are aiming to eliminate those financial struggles with a deal that sounds too good to be true but isn't: free college tuition. At these 16 institutions, you can rest easy knowing that the expenses for your education are already covered. More...
Schools without Hidden Expenses: Part 2
When you're a college student, every penny counts.
It's a lesson you learn quickly after stepping onto campus for your first semester, and it remains true all the way through graduation. Whether you're treating yourself to a meal out after acing an exam, enjoying a night at the movies or doing some shopping at local stores, you have to choose carefully how you'll spend your money.
There's a reason why you're on a budget. Not only are you spending tens of thousands—and sometimes hundreds of thousands—of dollars on tuition, but you also have to deal with the avalanche of fees. Between housing, books and a meal plan, the additional expenses are seemingly never-ending. More...
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Schools without Hidden Expenses: Part 1
When it's time to apply to colleges, a variety of factors come into play as you weigh your options.
You know the deal; your dream school is your dream school for a reason. Perhaps location or size is most important to you, or maybe it's a specific major that has to be offered before you even consider submitting an application.
While the most important components vary depending on your priorities, there is one thing we can all agree on: Saving money is always a plus. At the end of the day, the cost of attending a particular school can play an enormous role in your final decision. More...
There are plenty of surprises that come with starting college — homesickness, roommate quirks, more independence, the dreaded “freshman 15” — but one area where you don’t need to be surprised is textbooks. Sure, textbooks tend to cost a fortune. One book could cost more than $100 retail price. Yet just because you’re new to the college scene doesn’t mean you have to learn how to save money the hard way. Most of the time, you can cut costs significantly with just a little research; all you have to know is how. To help you skip the sticker shock of books this semester, here are top tips to keep in mind when buying textbooks: More...