In 2012 my wife graduated with her teaching certificate and had accumulated nearly $50,000 in student loans.
In graduate school I found a school with a great internship program. The 20 hour per week internship paid for my tuition along with $800 per month. Combined with my weekend server/bartender job I was able to fully support myself through grad school.
Below are three suggestions to reduce the cost of college. These may seem like common sense suggestions, but it amazes me how few people decide to do them. I know the cost of college continues to increase but if you have some flexibility and drive you can still attend college at a reasonable cost.
Community college allows a much cheaper option for your first two years of college. Community colleges are not available in every state, though there are other states where community colleges are completely free.
The name of the school on your diploma really doesn’t matter. It may help you to get your first job. However, after a few years a history of achieving results, the ability to build effective relationships, and your professional network will help you advance.