This is a guest post from Chase Miller, a high school student from Orange County, California. He loves to surf, travel, Tweet, and catalog life through photography.
“Where are you going to college?”
“What are you going to major in?”
“What kind of career do you want?”
As senior year flies by like a speeding car, there are certain questions I have been asked countless times by friends, family members, and coworkers. These questions are probably the same for every high school senior — what's next? What do I want to do with my life?
Intimidating price tags on a college education
Now this isn't a bad thing, in fact I think it's rather positive. Deciding on what you will do after high school is part of growing up and setting a course. But with the average cost of attending a private university in the U.S. at a staggering $28,500 per year, not including room and board, the goal of attending a four-year college without debt seems unattainable to most people.
What's even more discouraging is that with these price increases, many are going to community college. Classes are now overcrowded and difficult to enroll in.
My plan for a debt-free education
I have always had a goal of staying
My total savings from taking these three steps comes to an estimated $81,000. Not everyone can or should follow my exact plan, but when you get motivated and creative I think most anyone can find a way to get a college degree without taking out student loans.
Author: April Dykman
As a freelance writer, editor, and blogger, April Dykman specialized in personal finance, real estate, and entrepreneurship topics. Her work has been featured on MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, MoneyBuilder, Yahoo! Finance, Lifehacker, and The Consumerist. Now she does direct response copywriting but, in her free time, April is a wannabe chef, a diehard Italophile, and a recovering yogi.