How to Pay for College and Keep Cash in Your Wallet

Published on April 8, 2013 by arothstein

Submitted by Jerrod Smith, a student in the business program at Broadview University.

After spending some time out of high school it is easy to lose touch with the resources that will help to get in the doors of a local college. It can be overwhelming not knowing the answers to questions like “when and where do I apply?” “How will I have time for school and work?” and the biggest question, “How can I afford it?” It is normal to have these concerns that may steer you away from filling out an application. Rest assured—these are normal concerns and I have experienced them myself.

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Jerrod, who is a single dad, recognizes the value of a dollar. He actually has money in his wallet while he attends school.

It is not uncommon to get tuition fully covered or at least reduced to an affordable rate. It is very simple to apply for grants and scholarships; the staff at Broadview University provided direction to websites and even helped me with the enrollment process. I found Broadview University online and did a simple application. It seemed like everything started falling into place and they helped me with whatever I needed. I was actually able to get all my tuition covered and have money left over for my books without taking out student loans. A concern that students often have is how they will pay this money back later. Most scholarships and grants are free and do not require that you pay them back. Broadview University is also a military friendly school, and helps to support myself and my fellow veteran students with discounts for tuition.

It is tough to be an adult student; I honestly don’t think that I would succeed at a larger school because of the scheduling differences and the interaction with the staff seems less personal. Broadview has a very flexible class scheduling program that allows me to work full time and still tend to my family. As a single father, that is very valuable. I can honestly say that affording college is the easiest part of it all. I knew nothing about my eligibility for scholarships and grants; I didn’t even know what they were. I honestly believe that anybody can go to college and they should. I can already feel the doors opening in my life. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it.

This blog post is part of a hands-on learning project for the Consumer Behavior class at Broadview University-Boise. Seven students total will write about their personal college experiences and share them with the world. 

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