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Paying for college is difficult for families; however, as a single mom it can be even more complex.
Each year the costs of going to school increases. Then to make things worse, it is even more expensive to raise a child and attempt to cover the costs of going to school. For some single moms, this leaves their dream of going to college and starting a career out of their reach.
Therefore, today I decided to cover the topic of affording college as a single mom and provide some tips to make college life less expensive.
Because of the stereotypes that society has created for single mothers, many moms hate asking for assistance. However, there are plenty of grants and scholarships available that can help you lower the expenses associated with continuing your education.
When I was in school, I applied for FAFSA and scholarships. Scholarships are just like work, so it is definitely not getting something for nothing. You have to create compelling stories and follow all of the guidelines for the ones that you apply for. (TIP: Apply for the lesser-known scholarships and you will have a better chance of being approved).
Work as a Freelancer
More than likely you have some sort of skills that you can offer online and profit from. Freelancing during my college days is what saved my butt and it even turned into a full-time career for me. Even if it doesn’t turn full-time for you that extra money can help you cover various school expenses and you may even have some extra money to take the stress off of your everyday expenses too.
During my first month of freelancing, I made & profited a little over $550. Obviously, it was not a lot of money, but what could you do with an extra $500 a month.
Also See: Beginner’s Guide to Working Online
Rent Instead of Purchasing
Schoolbooks are expensive. My major was Criminal Justice and one of the books I needed was over $600. Now, that is a lot of money for a book that you will use for a few weeks and put on the bookshelf. That is why I recommend renting textbooks instead of purchasing them.
One site that I recommend is Campus Book Rentals.
I recommend Campus Book Rentals because when you rent books through them you:
- Save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
- Free shipping both ways
- Can highlight in the books
- Flexible renting period
- They donate to Operate Smile with each textbook rented
What are your tips for single moms who want to go back to college?