How to make attending a Christian university more affordable
Once students decide to pursue a degree at a Christian university or college, they will have set out on a path toward attaining their career goals, without losing sight of their religious values. However, it should come as no shock that the price of higher education has only increased in recent years, and, as a result these individuals’ academic goals may be in danger if money is tight.
Fortunately, there are several ways for students to reduce the cost of attending Christian colleges and universities. Some will only save a few dollars here and there, while others will make a major dent in their education expenses. The important thing to remember is that while costs add up, so too do savings, so it never hurts to try.
Financial aid – Students may have identified a few Christian colleges they could see themselves studying at, but fear that they will not be able to afford any of these institutions. If this is the case, they may be eligible to receive financial assistance by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can visit the FAFSA website for important information regarding eligibility, deadlines and more.
Scholarships – When students begin searching for scholarships, they may be surprised at how many are out there. Christian universities, businesses and many other organizations offer a number of unique awards to individuals who need help paying for school. Students should see if they qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, or spend a few hours exploring websites like Fastweb.com and Scholarships.com and see what they find.
Live off campus – Some students may want to experience what they consider to be the full college experience. This includes living on campus, eating in the school dining hall and taking advantage of other activities. However, the costs associated with a dorm room and meal plan can be quite expensive. If students are strapped for cash, they should consider living off campus and commuting to class. They can still participate in all their school has to offer, they just will not have to worry about paying a few extra bills.
Finish on time – Due to personal and professional responsibilities, it may not always be easy for students to complete their studies on time. However, if they focus and register for essential classes, they have the potential to finish up sooner than they expect and save some cash in the process.