Take College Courses in High School

$96 AP exam fee could earn you a 3 credit college course worth $1,335 at a public college or $3,243 at  private

Attend In-State School

Average degree cost at an in-state school is $101,948 and it's $172,644 for out-of-state — $70,696 savings

Explore Regional Exchange Programs

Regional exchange program is an agreement between institutions in different states when out-of-state students pay in-state tuition

Search for Scholarships

The nicest thing about scholarships is that you can apply to as many as you like for more awards

Join an ROTC Program

More than 7,500 colleges offer the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program which can be worth up to $100,000.

Fill Out the FAFSA

On October 1st head to the website of the Federal Student Aid to fill FAFSA form to apply for federal aid, such as the Pell Grant

Get Work-Study Job

It is provided by the Federal Work-Study program, which is why the first step to take to get a work-study job is filling out the FAFSA.

Take Out Student Loans

You have a couple of options - take out federal student loans or borrow private. Each one comes with its own set of pros and cons.