How To Have Fun While Saving Money In College

by Admin on May 1, 2013

Save MoneyGetting higher education, regardless of cheaper fees can still cost a lot of money. Even if you are taking advantage of state supported universities, the overall cost would still be high when everything is added up.

If not getting an education beyond high school is out of the question, then one must actively explore various non-traditional routes in order to get the knowledge they seek while being able to enjoy the process as much as possible. For many the prospect of living on campus, interacting with other students and faculty is part of the appeal of going away to college.

When the reality of what this costs is factored into the equation, the thought process is immediately dampened with questions like how is one to find all the financial resources required to make this dream a reality.

Online Courses

One consideration that is gaining wider popularity in the Internet Age is the prospect of taking part or all of ones college classes online via the Internet. The quality of online courses easily rivals that of the best rated brick and mortar universities. Why? Because most of the virtual courses are designed by the same instructors who developed and teach the same or similar classes to students in the classroom. There is no reason to believe getting an education online will somehow be inferior to one traditionally acquired.

Living At Home

Room and board while away at school can easily be one of the largest line item expenses contributing to the overwhelming stress levels the student experiences. Again, the prospect of not uprooting and changing ones life regarding packing, moving and settling into someplace foreign and new can lead directly to a much more enjoyable college experience. Online learning provides for one to stay where they are currently comfortable. They can schedule classes when it pleases them, and still enjoy all the aspects of home life they’ve come to expect with their current living situation.

If one were to attend school and were unable to obtain on-campus housing, the only way to get to and from classes would be some sort of commute. This takes time. Costs money. Can be obnoxious or boring. In the end, travel time adds to stress with the student struggling to find parking, getting to class on time, and being forced to take even more time from their personal lives to get back home after class has concluded.

Online learning eliminates all this stress and hassle. Simply open the laptop, make a few mouse clicks and start interacting in the online learning environment. Don’t want to take the time to shower, dress, do makeup, whatever? Don’t worry. The online class cannot see what a student is wearing. Again, less stress tends to lead one towards better times and more fun.

Part-Time Jobs

Unless one is a member of the idle rich, chances are they will need to work at some sort of job while going to college. The challenges even a part time job can have for the college student who tries to schedule their classes leaving enough time to make the money required to pay for things can drive one insane.

Full or part-time jobs can easily be scheduled around by those earning their degrees online. Many of the more popular programs have a number of options of when classes can be taken, tests proctored and major projects turned in. This sort of flexibility just is not available in traditional classroom environments.

Going away to school may not be for everyone. If considering low cost, yet fun and interesting alternative educational opportunities, be sure to include the rich and rewarding world of online classes.

About The Author

Kevin Devoto is a freelance writer and an avid traveler.  You can connect with Kevin Devoto on Facebook.

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