Tips for Cutting Costs in College

By Victoria Robertson on April 27, 2021

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When attending college, it’s no secret that staying on top of your finances is a total challenge. The bottom line is that college is expensive. However, that’s not to say there aren’t ways to cut costs when attending college.

These helpful tips will ensure you not only make the most of your college experience but that you also enjoy your experience without worrying about what it’s doing to your bank account. In other words, you can have fun without breaking the bank, so long as you stick to these rules!

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Become an RA

Prior to attending college, most university dorms will accept applications for the dorm RAs. If you’re looking to significantly cut the cost of your tuition, becoming an RA is a surefire way to do so.

Granted, that’s not to say working as an RA is easy. It requires a lot of time, training, and energy, and typically freshmen are unable to take on the role. That said, it’s certainly worth considering, especially as RAs typically have the cost of their room and board covered due to the amount of work they have to do.

Work in Your Dorm

Room and board, when attending college, will quickly drive up the cost of your tuition. The downside here is that room and board are typically necessitated by college campuses, at least for a student’s freshman year. This means there’s no way to avoid that cost.

That being said, there are still methods to utilize to decrease that cost. One of which is taking a job in your dorm. If no RA positions are available (as they do tend to go quickly, and are highly competitive), you can typically get a job working somewhere else in your dorm, which will help subsidize the cost of your room and board.

Take on a Part-Time Job

If you’ve tapped out your resources at your dorm (jobs do tend to go quickly in dorms simply based on the convenience factor alone), you can always look all around the college campus for part-time job opportunities.

Not only do college campuses offer many buildings in which you can work, including campus libraries, book stores, and other like locations, but there are also countless restaurants, stores, and the like around campus as well, offering plenty of potential job opportunities for you.

Cut Extraneous Spending

It’s really easy to get overly caught up in the fun of college life. That said, things can quickly get very expensive. Those university football tickets, on-campus concerts, and nights out with friends for food and drinks add up really quickly, which is to say, college is pricey.

So, cut back on costs where you can. Limit your weekly spending to a specific dollar amount that works for your budget. Cut out activities that don’t fit into your budget. Take advantage of the free amenities on campus whenever possible. The smarter you are about your budget, the less likely you are to break the bank.

Eliminate Activities that are Higher Cost

Many students prefer to bring with them the luxuries they utilize at home, such as pricey cable packages, their cars, and other similar luxuries. However, on top of the expense of the college experience, these activities add up quickly.

You’ll find that you don’t need a car on campus, and it’s just an added expense when you consider the cost of gas as well as the cost of parking. Additionally, most dorms offer basic cable, which gets you enough channels to get you through a night or two in. When it comes down to it, you’re unlikely to stay in the room very often anyway.

Share Books with Roommates

Finally, it’s no secret that books cost an arm and a leg when attending college. That said, they’re necessary for your classes, and therefore a cost that you’d think isn’t optional.

That said, there are some options available to you to save money. Sometimes, you can borrow books from the library, share them with roommates that are taking the same courses as you, or otherwise rent for a lesser price than purchasing the book outright. Just think creatively about ways to save money here, and you’ll be all set!

The college experience is, without a doubt, an expensive one. This means that you are likely pinching every penny left in your bank account, doing your best to avoid going into debt (if you haven’t already).

There are ways to supplement your college experience to cut back on costs, gain experience in the workplace that you can use down the road, and overall ensure you’re making the most of your networking potential while simultaneously lowering your costs.

When it comes down to it, you shouldn’t pass up on any of these opportunities, and you should always seize them when they become available to you.

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