How To Get Through College With Zero Debt

Getting through college isn’t easy, or cheap. The average student loan debt for the graduating class of 2016 was a whopping $37,172, which is more than some students can expect to make in a year. It’s a vicious cycle, isn’t it? We’re told we have to get college degrees to get decent paying jobs, and before we can even enter the work force we’re already saddled with a negative balance that seems to grow every year. Add that to the fact that our salaries aren’t rising at the same rate as costs, rent, mortgages or college tuition, and finishing college can seem like an increasingly impossible dream.

Thankfully, there are still ways to get through college with little or no debt at all.

The first thing you want to look at is scholarships. Scholarships, scholarships, scholarships. Most people avoid searching through these because there aren’t a lot of great central databases you can comb through, and a lot of them seem to require very specific sets of criteria. It’s exhausting to dig through thousands of opportunities only to come up with one or two that you even qualify for.

A great place to start is always your college’s website. You may have to do a little digging or asking around, but your school should have a list of scholarships. A lot of these are going to be local to your school or region, and some may even be major specific. This gives you the opportunity to be part of a smaller pool of applicants which increases your likelihood of being chosen.