"How much are we talking?" I asked.
Gulp. I didn't know what to say. As we chatted, I realized that his student loan payment was bigger than my mortgage payment.
Make the Choice to go to College Debt-Free
"We will not borrow money to go to college. We will not borrow money to send our children to college." This has been a mutual decision my husband and I made when we were engaged. After 27 years of marriage, we have been committed to this plan. Mike has gotten his Masters of Divinity debt-free, our oldest daughters have graduated debt-free from a private university, and my oldest daughter got her master's degree debt-free. We do not make a lot of money and we have a houseful of people to provide for.
Start Own Business
My third daughter gives voice lessons to earn money for college. My teenage son has started a lawn business to save money for college. Starting a business is a great way for young people to earn money for college. Brian was always being asked to fix computers, so he started a computer business, focusing on college students who desperately needed their computers in working order.
High school students in public, private, or home schools can dual-enroll. A student can take these college credit classes during the junior and senior year to earn high school and college credit at the same time. AP classes in high school can also provide college credit.
Slower Pace to Work
College education can be slowed down so that the student can work. My friend, Sarah, worked as a hair stylist while she got her bachelor's degree. IT took her 7 years instead of 4 to do this, but she is debt-free!
Work During School/Summer Job
Zack got a job with U.P.S., a company that was happy to work with his school schedule. Best of all, after he was promoted to management, he was able to get reimbursed for his tuition.
Community College/State College
Community colleges and state universities are almost always cheaper than private universities. Often there are merit scholarships based on S.A.T. scores and grades that cover the entire cost of tuition to these state institution. In our state, we have lottery-funded Bright Futures scholarships. All kinds of financial need grants are available at the state and local level which are based on parent's income level.
Investigate every possible avenue for scholarships. Here are some websites to search for scholarships.
Parents Save: Savings, Education IRA
It is not popular in our culture to save money, but it is the wisest way to live. Saving money little by little can add up to a large amount of money. Begin saving for college as soon as your babies are born. Put tax refunds and other windfalls away in a your college savings account. Education IRAs are an option for parents to save money, making the money you put aside tax-free.
Student Saves: Birthday, Job, Babysitting
You and your family can go to college debt-free. God will provide, but realize that His perfect plan is to provide through hard work and self-control.
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Enjoy the Freedom of Debt-Free College!
Merey (Meredith Ludwig Curtis)