Like most teens entering their final years at high school, planning for college, and paying for it simultaneously are two of the biggest tasks that college-bound teens like me face. It does not help too that quite a bit of universities tends to be costly and expensive, which make it harder for teens to apply and enroll. However, I have found a few things that could potentially benefit parents, students, or anyone interested in pursuing higher education:
• While this is standard advice, enrolling at the Santa Rosa Junior College to knock out some lower-division courses is a solid move for those pursuing higher education, as the cost is low or minimal for most attendees, and courses taken can be transferred to the University of California or California State University systems.
• For high schoolers, taking advantage of dual enrollment courses and AP courses will allow to make a dent into the number of lower-division courses you need to take, lowering the cost and lowering the time needed to graduate.
• For all high school students, checking out the website Scholarships4HighSchool (www.scholarships4highschool.org) can provide you with a list of scholarships, competitions, and other resources to help boost your chances for admittance into college as well as paying for it!
• Place whatever earnings you make into a savings account and look for ways to continue adding to the account or doing side jobs to help increase the account. This can slowly add up over time and the added interest may just be able to help make student loads more manageable.
• CareerOneStop by the U.S. Department of Labor has a Scholarship Search with thousands of different scholarships you can apply to and some with little effort needed.
• If you are considering going to a University of California school or a California State University school, you can look up Cal Grants depending on financial eligibility.
• Online schooling can additionally be an option for students if they are considering and could cost a fraction of the price of traditional universities.
While students are searching for these different resources and websites, it is best to remember not to stress out and to take your time. Sometimes taking a break and coming back to it can refresh your brain and help you stay focused.