Financing Your Trade or Technical School Education
There are a number of ways to finance your trade or technical school education. In fact, there are so many that money should never be an option. Anyone can go. The money is out there. It's just a matter of finding it.
Scholarships and Grants
Specific departments of study issue small grants and loans to students who are enrolled in a certain number of classes, for example. These will vary from school to school and are especially prevalent in community colleges. Check local high school guidance offices, the Internet or the local library for information on statewide and federal grant and scholarship opportunities.
You don't have to ask your grandmother or distant uncles for the money to go to school. Education is one of the best possible reasons to take out a loan and very few institutions will deny you if that is the use for the money. File with FAFSA, the federal student aid association, and you'll find that education loans have the lowest interest rates going. Even better, you won't have to make payments until after graduation.
Keeping what you've got will help you afford the school bill when it comes along. Even if you have a loan, the less you have to borrow, the better. Find fun ways to tuck away a few extra bucks - make change on purpose and save it all. Count how much you save in coupons and put that amount in the bank.
The best way to save money is to watch what you spend. Save on energy bills by keeping the heat low and using major appliances after 7PM. Borrow fancy clothes and appliances as needed from friends. Buy needed furniture from thrift stores. And always try NOT spending whenever possible.
A small grant for books, a semester's tuition in your savings account, and another growing in a change jar with a small loan to take care of the rest and you have your new education covered.
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