Because the debt of college students has been all over the news recently, I feel it’s necessary for me to explain how I went back to school and avoided the crippling debt that many others have failed to avoid.
When I decided to go back to school, I figured I had only a few options:
- Find a wealthy philanthropist to pay my way through school
- Beg my parents to let me move back in with them and pay my way through school
- Cover as much of my schooling as possible with grants and the rest with student loans
What Was Actually Possible
The first two options on that list were impossible. I didn’t know any wealthy philanthropists who would be willing to pay for my education, and I didn’t feel like it was a good idea for a man of my age to depend upon his parents.
So, the only other option was grants and loans, right? Well, not necessarily.
Finding a Better Option
Unbeknownst to me at the time, there are a bunch of public and private scholarships available to many different students. Whether or not you qualify for these scholarships is generally dependent upon your background and field of study.
There are many public scholarships available for women and minorities, focusing on giving opportunities to people who might not otherwise have them.
Of course, I’m neither a woman nor a minority, so I had to apply to different private scholarships before I was finally given one.
How Did I Find My Scholarship?
The first thing that I did was go online and run an internet search for scholarships in my area. The lists I found were, to my surprise, quite long. But after a quick review, I knew that I wouldn’t qualify for most of them.
I narrowed my search down to private scholarships specific to my field of study, and I found that there were a few local companies willing to invest in students like myself. They do this because they want future employees, and those with the right education in a specific field of study are their prime candidates.
Submitting My Applications
I didn’t simply submit a single application for a scholarship and pray I was accepted. Instead, I applied for every single scholarship that I felt I might qualify for, and I let the rest eventually sort itself out.
No, it certainly wasn’t easy for me to get awarded a scholarship, but because I stuck with it knowing that I didn’t want to go into debt to get my education, I was able to play the entire field and finally get the right scholarship for me.
Great Salary Without Student Loan Payments
Thanks to the scholarship I received, I’m now making a great living in my field without having to pay back a huge student loan debt. This has provided me with a huge level of financial freedom that I wouldn’t have even dreamed about before.
If I can do it, you can, too. Find a local scholarship and start making a great living without going into crippling debt.