March 2, 2021
Controlling the cost of higher education is an issue on the minds of many students and parents – especially as many people face economic losses due to the pandemic.
The cost of an education can be controlled by taking actions, like choosing a less expensive college, staying at home and attending a local institution, or attending two years at a community or junior college and then transferring to a four-year institution.
In addition to those steps, students can ask the college to reduce the tuition costs or ask for more financial aid. While both actions could result in less educational costs for the students, there is a difference between asking for reduced tuition (also known as negotiating tuition) and asking for more financial aid funds (also known as asking for a financial aid review or professional judgment):
Students can also work while they are in school to fund some of their college costs. The number of hours worked per week will depend on the student's courseload and other factors, but typically it is recommended that full-time college students work no more than 20 hours per week.