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6 Tips to Reduce Your College Costs by Thousands of Dollars

100 money saving tips

Hey guys! Here are certain tips that can really save money and reduce college costs.

Stick to Your Budget

You don’t really want to sell off your house for graduating, do you?

Read 100 Money saving tips college students.

Research Your School

There are schools out there who are generous in their aid and are very affordable.

Information is there on the net; use your time well on it.

Reduce College Costs –  Take AP

Spending $117 per exam on the APs will amount to nothing. Although you need a score above 3, which is possible with hard work.

You can “test out” from some of your introductory classes/credit, hence you won’t be paying for those credits.

Don’t forget, you also got an edge on your application over other fellows.  Your can reduce college costs by thousands by taking AP tests.

Work Part Time

You can work part-time to pay part of your costs.

Be sure your work and school schedules don’t conflict and that you have enough time for studying.

For U.S. Citizens

If you are a US citizen, check out with universities, they have scholarship categories. Try to find a spot.

Don’t forget the FAFSA too!

Also for becoming an in-state student, you need to be a resident of a state rather than being a US citizen.

Small Things Can Save a LOT

Small things such as renting/buying used books can make a difference.

Another point! If you aren’t living on campus, try to share your room with others(rent too :D).

This was my first article and it had to be something important.

Well,on the other side, don’t let college cost be THE only factor you look at!

If it is still more than what you had thought off, go for loans. There are some with very less interest rates and stuff.

Read earn interest money by online savings account.

Would love to revert back to the comments.


  1. Abishai on January 29, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    What is this AP test and how can it benefit for graduate studies?

  2. SriHarsha on January 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I thought Advanced Placement test is for high school students … Please give some more details…
    Do graduate schools consider them ????

    • Sehajpreet on January 29, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      Hey!! I would be posting another article focusing on AP only!! give me some time 🙂

      • SriHarsha on January 29, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Yeah that would be helpful…
        Will be waiting for your post on AP tests..

  3. munna on January 28, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Scholarships..Keep on pestering your department for scholarships. sometimes your department has some scholarships which are given to students in order to change tuition/fees from out-state to in-state. Sometimes, there are some scholarships given to those students who do not have any RA/TA. Every University has a funding/scholarships department. Take an appointment and meet them before semester starts.

  4. piyush on January 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Is advance placement tests are only for those students who were admitted in the universities or it is common to all students who wish to apply for US universities….. this test is organized by college or university internally or any other governing body…

  5. Kashif Merchant on January 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Can someone please share more details regarding the AP exams?

  6. Sehajpreet on January 28, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Hey chaitanya! If you aren’t a US citizen,I’m afraid you cannot.Plus,you can work-study ON campus that too for limited no. of hours(max 20). post more queries 🙂

  7. chaitanya on January 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Can we work off campus? Will any university permits to work off campus? Is that really an offense? Please answer!! Thank you

    • HSB Counselor on January 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Off campus jobs are plentiful but are not legal. One should try hard to get an on campus job only. This ensures you are abiding with the F1 student visa norms which is important in any case. On the other hand an on campus job pays you well. Off campus jobs pay you just above the minimum standards while you spend more time compared to an on campus job.

  8. Alok on January 27, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Nice post, but what exactly do you mean by AP?

    • rajarshi ray on January 27, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      advance placement

    • Sehajpreet on January 28, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Advanced Placement is an exam held in May every year.It is harder than the SAT 2 and you receive college credit if you score well.

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