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Paying for College

Middle college students overcome many obstacles to succeed in college. After graduation, though, a new and significant challenge arises they have not had to face: paying for college.

An associate or bachelor’s degree is worth the investment of time and money, but that doesn’t make it any easier to pay the tuition, housing, and textbook bills that come due before you get your degree and can start earning significant money. The good news is there are options for students (and parents) to pay for college. This page provides an overview of some of the options, including links to sites, organizations, and resources for learning more about them. It is not designed to provide a detailed explanation of financial aid for students.  

If you want help paying for college, be ready to work for it.

Paying for college takes work, no matter how you look at it.

  • You are either working at a job to earn money directly, 
  • working on researching financial aid opportunities,
  • working on completing applications for financial aid, or
  • all of the above.

The more financial aid you obtain, the fewer hours you need to work at a job while in school. That leads to less stress, higher grades, and a greater chance that you will complete a degree. So, get to work!