Graduating from college is everyone's goal. Whether you want to be a doctor, a teacher, an astronaut, an engineer, or a lawyer a college degree is your first step in landing your dream job. Unfortunately one of the biggest roadblocks to obtaining your college degree is the extravagant cost of a college education. Tuition and fees at all major colleges and universities has sky rocketed in the past decad It can be argued that it is almost more effective to invest the money that you would spend on a college education in the stock market rather than spending it on your education. While I certainly do not recommend that, I understand where that argument comes from.

The good news though is that there are sources of money for college. In fact, if you are willing to put in enough time and effort there is enough money out there that you can actually get a college degree for free.

Things You Will Need

To accomplish the mighty feat of getting a college degree for free you will need determination, persistance, patience, and a little luck. Oh, and you might also need a telephone and an internet connection.

Step 1

Graduating from college for free will take a lot of planning. Your first step will be to take advantage of all of the free financial aid options available to you. You should submit a FAFSA application which will qualify you for all types of Federal Financial Aid. This means that you will qualify yourself for any grants and other free monies that are offered by the federal government. This also means that your prospective schools will receive this application and be able to evaluate your need for financial aid through their institutions. Many schools have large endowments and are able to give large sums of money to their needy students.

Step 2

Next, you should look to apply for scholarships. You should focus on competitive and non-competitive scholarships. This means that you should look into scholarships that require you to qualify based on merit alone and also scholarships that are simply based on the quality of your resume and your application.

Step 3

Next, you should look for internships, work-study, or assistantship programs. These programs allow you to work part-time while in school and earn a small salary. The money may not be a lot but it will guarantee that you are brining in some sort of positive income that you can put towards your college degree. Finally, stay away from student loans at all costs. This means that you should treat student loans as an absolute last option not as an easy fix for your financial problems. Student loan debt is approaching epic proportions and the facts are that student loans are becoming an epidemic. By limiting the amount of student loans you receive you will guarantee yourself the best possible chance of graduating college for free.

Tips & Warnings

If you do have to take out a student loan you should consider a subsidized Stafford loan. This is the absolute best loan for students.