It costs a fortune to go to college, especially if you elect to enroll at a college out of state. You could save a ton of money by applying for a course at your local community college, but if you have your heart set on a specific master of public health degree at prestigious university in the private sector, it’s going to be an expensive four years.
Luckily, all is not lost. Whilst higher education is expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money on your everyday living costs. Tuition fees are fixed by the university you choose to attend, but you can easily make savings on your accommodation, food and entertainment costs – and here’s how.
Live at Home
Living at home is always cheaper than moving away to college. There are plenty of online study options these days, so if you are interested in studying for a post-grad qualification, look at a public health degree online from the University of Arizona or similar. The money you save on tuition fees and accommodation costs can be used on travel and other fun activities.
Use Coupons to Save on Food
Coupons are useful if you need to save money on groceries, and pretty much anything else you might need as a student. Sign up for coupon sites and check your email to see what the latest deals are.
Make Your Own Lunches
Don’t waste money eating out in the college cafeteria. Take packed lunches and buy a small flask so you can drink hot coffee all day. The more lattes and pre-packed sandwiches you buy, the more money you are wasting unnecessarily.
Don’t splash out on an expensive cable package. Sign up for movie streaming apps such as Netflix instead. It is much cheaper and you can watch on multiple devices.
Live Away from Campus
Living on campus might be more convenient, but it’s also more expensive. Most students choose to live on campus in their first year, as it gives them a chance to find their feet and make new friends. However, it is better for your bank balance to move out into private rented in a cheaper area as soon as possible. You can share with other students and split the costs of bills and groceries.
Walk or Cycle to College
Catching public transport to college is a waste of money if you are within easy walking or cycling distance. There will be times when it’s more convenient to jump on a bus, but where possible, save your money and use foot or pedal power. It’s better for your health!
Buy Second-Hand Books
When college sends you a reading list, don’t immediately rush to Amazon and buy a load of new and expensive textbooks. You may find there are second-hand copies available through the college. Look out for downloadable versions, too, as these will be cheaper and you can study on your iPad or e-reader device between lessons.
If you do run out of cash, don’t be tempted to borrow money on expensive credit terms. Instead, ask friends and family to help you out with a short-term loan.