Going to college is a dream that is often derailed by unforeseen circumstances. When this happens we often end up not going at all or we do finish but have huge debts. Then add into the equation of not being able to find a job in your career field due to lack of work experience and it becomes even more frustrating.The amount of money spent varies based on the college attended.It is also based on the program being studied and the cost of the credits. These are some alternative ways to help achieve your undergraduate degree.
Funding1. Working for a college: Parents if you are employed by a college one of the benefits is that you and your child can attend tuition free or for a discounted price. Check with your HR department to find out the requirements.2. Grants, Work-study, Scholarships, and loans: There are subtle difference between these four forms of funding. Grants and work study programs are federal funded programs. Scholarships range from general to specific. These three don’t normally have to be paid back unless you are awarded more money than you are eligible for. In order to apply an essay is usually required. Updated guides to these grants and scholarships can be found at the library or can be purchased online. Loans are usually based on income,. All four may be reviewed each year to make sure that eligibility requirements are being met.3. Tuition Assistance Program (TAP): Many jobs offer TAP, you can apply for this benefit after passing your probation period. The amount that is borrowed does need to be paid back or they may require that you work a certain amount of years with the company. This would be a good option, if you are gaining experience in the career field that you want.4. The Military:The GI bill is the most known part of education funding in the military. What most people don’t realize is that some of the same careers in the civilian world are also in the military. They have programs dealing in medicine, engineering, computer science just to name a few. These programs are all hands on, so you are gaining a degree and work experience at the same time. If you are into science and technology then this is a good option. I am sure I don’t need to mention that many of the things we enjoy in daily life started in the military. And many veterans tend to start their own businesses.