Posted on Monday, April 3, 2017

1. Consider the options before you enroll. Check the price tags for earning degrees at for-profit, state universities or community colleges. You can do that easily and for free using the Virginia Education Wizard’s College Cost Calculator tool.

2. Take college-level courses while in high school. It’s a great way to save money later. Virginia’s Community College Dual Enrollment programs make it convenient.

3. Consider enrolling at your local community college and transferring after earning an associate degree; you’ll save about $45,000 on the way to getting that bachelor’s degree.

4. Look around for resources; lots of organizations offer scholarships. Check with your guidance counselor, and APPLY for them!

5. Get a reality check; consult with a financial advisor about the real-life consequences of racking up college debt, and ways to avoid it. 6.BONUS! Listen, really listen to the advice offered by guidance counselors, Career Coaches and your parents; they may be boring, but they have your best interests at heart.'

Virginia's Community Colleges

Created more than 50 years ago, the VCCS is comprised of 23 community colleges located on 40 campuses across the commonwealth. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 270,000 students a year in credit and workforce courses.

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