So after a few year s(cough cough), I’ve gone back to college to finish up my AA and get ready to transfer to a CA State University.
Like any endeavor in my life, I’m trying to do the college experience on the cheap. Here are a few ways you can save money while going to school:
Start out by completing a FAFSA. That’s a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Regardless of your family income or situation, you should fill it out. You never know what kind of loans, fee waivers, or grants you may be eligible for. I was able to get a Governor’s Board Fee Waiver, which paid for my classes. All I had to pay was the Health Fee (which is $20).
Amazon Prime has a discounted program for students. The first 6 months are free (Courtesy of Sprint, and just $6.49/month after that. That’s 50% off the regular price.
You can rent your textbooks online, Amazon rents textbooks. Your local school library may also have short term checkout of some textbooks. You may have to ask the librarian for more information.
If you need a new computer, Apple offers a discount through Unidays. I’m still in the middle of setting my account up, but it looks like Unidays partners with hundreds of retail partners.
School supplies are always cheaper if you buy them off campus. I like to shop for school supplies at Dollar Tree, they have lots of great stuff all year long.
A list on online retailers offering discounts can be seen here, courtesy of Dealhack.
Once school starts, get a Student ID card.
Beyond saving money at on tuition, books, and supplies, your student ID may give you discounts out in the world! College students who meet some criteria may also receive a discount on your automobile insurance, cell phone bill, even fee free banking products.
Movie theatres, museums, local attractions, and restaurants sometimes give students discounts, make sure to check before you go.
Talk Back: What’s your favorite Student Discount?