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Paying for Your Online Education Without Going into Debt!

Words "Debt" written in magnetic letters.

“Debt” by Christian Schnettelker
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According to a recent report, student loan debt is projected to overtake mortgage debt by the year 2042. As someone who has carried a mortgage-sized student debt for the last 10 years, I’m not surprised. A degree comes with a hefty price tag, and if you aren’t independently wealthy, then you need to find ways to foot the bill. When I enrolled in my first graduate program, I didn’t know anything about the different options out there. Because of that, I took on too many student loans for too much money with too few benefits.

I don’t want you to make the same mistakes as I did, so here are some tips to help you avoid massive student debt and the headaches that come with it:

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Beyond College Rankings: What You Should Really Look for in a School

While college rankings might have their place in choosing a college, they cannot measure attractiveness, the availability of professors between classes, the influence of a college on the development of intellectual skills and analytical competencies or on personal growth and change. Additionally, college is where students develop relationships with peers and with alumni…sometimes a trip to a traditional campus is the only way to determine if a college is a fit for you, even if you plan to take online courses. Do what you can to learn if that college can help you to achieve your goals. The following lists of what to look for on college campuses include information you can find online, and other clues you can find when visiting a campus location.

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