The cost of a college tuition has risen drastically in recent years and financial aid has diminished. Answering the call for affordable education, there are websites and programs that promote low cost-and sometimes free- options.
One of these programs is run by the University of the People. The University of the People is a free college, created with the idea that a college education should be open to everyone regardless of their income. In order to attend, one merely has to submit an application and the course work is completed online. The only limitations this school offers are in its curricula-it only offers two programs currently. The would-be student can choose to major in either computer science or business administration at this school, but nothing else do to the limitations of a non-profit and free college.
For those who are interested in the knowledge, but not the piece of paper, videos of lectures are available on YouTube and iTunes. These mediums are especially valuable in the realm of language study. iTunes offers multiple podcasts which all allow a user to learn a language free of charge. For those students who plan on becoming an interpreter, mist government projects merely test your language skills. Rather than spend thousands on a degree, it is possible to study a language using pod casts.
Another possibility for schooling is to look abroad. One country that is full of scholarships for the qualified foreign student is Taiwan. Not recognized by most other nations as a country, Taiwan grants a number of scholarships every year to students who have attained higher than a 3.0 in high school. The cost of living there is also very low and extra money can easily be made by teaching private English lessons.
Other ways of making education affordable may require some extra original thinking. For someone wanting to be in a professional career track, it may be worthwhile to look at the requirements of a program. In Washington state, someone who wants to be an engineer can become one without a degree provided they have four years of experience. For the future engineers of the world, that translates into four years of not paying for school or an education provided you work with a skilled engineer. These internships are also generally paid and once the quality of work is good enough, the pay can be close to what a real engineer makes.
Different career tracks also can be done without-or with very little-cost. Those students interested in business may find there time better spent by working in a business and rising up the ranks. The time spent allows a chance for them to gain thorough, first hand experience while getting paid. Many business also will subsidize the cost of schooling for their long term employees so waiting on getting that degree could be worthwhile.
The best thing to keep in mind about college education is that a college is essentially a business. Not all degrees are worth the money that is paid into them and some skills can be learned at no cost. The best advice that can be given to a graduating high school student is this: figure out what you want to do for a career, then find a way to either circumvent a college degree, or make the cost of it less.