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According to The College Board, adults with a college education earn more money and enjoy an overall better quality of life. They’re also more likely to receive health insurance, live healthier lives, and become more active citizens.

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College tuition and fees have skyrocketed over the last 20 years. Today, it costs an average of just under $70,000 for a 4-year public in-state college degree and $160,000 for a 4-year private college education. In 2020, the projected total cost of a 4-year in-state college education is $113,314, while the cost of a 4-year private college education is projected to be $259,718.1

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Advanced Placement and College Level Examination Program exams allow students who pass to receive college credit. The cost for these exams is generally a fraction of the cost of taking the equivalent credits in college and may enable students to earn a degree in less time.

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For students looking to attend state schools, community colleges offer an inexpensive starting point. They can complete core classes at a discount before transferring to the school they want to earn their undergraduate degree.

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You can easily track progress and avoid temptation to spend on other things if you keep your student bank account separate.

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You might be surprised at just how many small- and medium-sized awards are available. They aren’t always easy to find, but careful research can really pay off. Some companies are scams, though, charging a high fee for what they claim are tailored scholarship lists. Watch out for those.
Online Financial Aid Resources

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Take advantage of these easy-to-use calculators.