The cost of a college education continues to rise every year, and it put more financial burden on parents’ shoulder. Although many parents use their income and saving to pay for their kid’s college education, sometimes it is not enough, so they take student loans. However, there are many ways you can do as a student to pay for your college education and help to lift some financial burdens off your parents’ shoulder and avoid student loans.

Here are ways to finance your college education without student loans.

Get a part-time job while in college

Getting a part-time job is a way to earn extra money, but you need to make sure you know how to manage your time well between working and studying. If you work on the weekend, you need to make sure you finish all your assignments before that to avoid the hassles later. You can look for a part-time job on campus. Most colleges always offer part-time jobs for students.

Manage your money

Avoid all lavish meals or eating out. That way you can save some money on foods. It will be great if you can cut your entertainment budget too. If you have a credit card, don’t tempt to use it unless it is necessary. One thing about a credit card is that if you don’t pay on time, it will incur interest. So if you keep using it to buy unnecessary items, it makes it difficult for you to pay off your credit card, and by the time you know it, the interest already adds up.


Get Scholarships, grants or bursaries

  1. If you excel in academic or you have other achievements, you can get a scholarship. Scholarships are a great source of funds to help you pay for your college education. Make sure you study well and get the best marks to get a high chance of getting a scholarship.

  2. Bursaries are offered if you demonstrate financial needs. You need to apply for bursaries directly at the college or find more information by visiting their financial aid section on the website.

  3. Grants are typically offered by the provincial or federal government. If you apply for OSAP, you are automatically entitled to grants if you are qualified.

Apprenticeship

If you study skilled trades program, you will get paid during Apprenticeship. Students usually need to find an employer that is willing to sponsor them to become an apprentice. When they work with the employer as an apprentice for a year while getting paid doing it, they can attend trades school at any colleges of their choice and can get grants to fund their education.

Co-op Programs

Co-op is not the same as an internship. Co-op is paid work while the internship isn’t. Students who are doing co-op can get paid job training for two semesters depending on the program of their study. Unfortunately, not all programs offer co-op. If you are interested in getting into a co-op, you need to make sure if the program of your choice has optional co-op before you apply to that program.

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