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College is expensive, no doubt about it. But you can make it more affordable following the tips and ideas in this, the fifth module of the Affording College Now workshop. Based on materials from the book, "College Without Ramen Noodles".
A workshop leader's guide is available, just contact us.

College is expensive, no doubt about it. But you can make it more affordable following the tips and ideas in this, the fifth module of the Affording College Now workshop. Based on materials from the book, "College Without Ramen Noodles".
A workshop leader's guide is available, just contact us.

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  1. 1. Affording College Now Module Five: Make College Affordable From the Author of “College Without Ramen Noodles” Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  2. 2. 1. Why College 2. Cost of College 3. Saving and Investing for college 4. Financial Aid 5. MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  3. 3. 10 Ways to Make College Affordable 1. Consider Starting at a Community or Junior College 2. Take Advanced Placement Courses 3. Take College Courses While Still in High School 4. Take Exams for College Credit. 5. Take College Courses Online 6. Finish Degree in three years 7. Qualify for an Honors Programs 8. Live at Home 9. Get Relatives To Help 10. Attend a Free College . . . Plus # 11 The G.I. Bill Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS 3
  4. 4. Even More Ways to Afford College • Parents’ Savings From Current Expenses • Tuition Installment Payments • Bigger and Better Tax Breaks • Attend a More Prestigious University • Take More Credits Per Term • Attend Both Summer and Winter Terms • Find an Employer to Subsidize Your Education • Working and Attending College • Go for Paid Internships • Six Reasons to Work Your Way Through College • Get Your College to Pay for Your Education Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS 4
  5. 5. Stretching Your Dollars in College • 10 Tips for Managing the Money You Have • Six Ways to Save Money on Books • 10 Ways to Save on Food • Nine Ways to Save on Computer Hardware and Software • Seven Ways to Save on Off-Campus Apartment Living • 12 Ways to Save on College Shopping Trips • Three Ways to Save on Transportation • Six Ways to Save on Travel • Seven Ways to Reduce the Cost of Keeping in Touch • Eight Ways to Make a Few Bucks Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS 5 Topics in the book: “College Without Ramen Noodles”.
  6. 6. Cutting Expenses • Changes that WON’T cramp your lifestyle: – Use a grocery list – Don’t shop when hungry – Clip coupons and buy bulk foods – Combine errands – Bring lunch to work/school a few times a week – Leave credit cards at home Estimated monthly savings: $75.00 Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  7. 7. Cutting Expenses • Changes that might cramp your lifestyle: – Shop at thrift stores – Use public transportation – Eat out once a week – Cancel cable/cell service – Rent videos vs. going to the movies Estimated monthly savings: $250.00 Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  8. 8. Cutting Expenses • Changes that will cramp your lifestyle: – Eat out once per month – Use public transportation often – Cancel cable TV, cell, Internet – Visit the library vs. bookstore – Share living costs with roommate or two – Read books on ways to be thrifty Estimated monthly savings: $500.00 Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  9. 9. Non-Traditional Ways to Earn a Degree • Full-time Work and Accelerated Degree Programs • Returning Degree Programs and Life Experience Credits • Single Parents and College • No parents to Help? College Is Still a Possibility • Attend Online Classes • Work in Public Service Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS 9 Topics in the book: “College Without Ramen Noodles”.
  10. 10. Alternatives to College • Go to Trade School • Avoid Commercial Trade School • Earn Certifications • Get Experience as a Volunteer • Military Service • Start a Business Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS 10
  11. 11. Things to think about… • Education costs time and money • The cost of education is increasing over time • Consider your spending habits • Different methods of financing your education have different total costs Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  12. 12. Less time, less money Ask yourself…How long will it take to complete my degree? Four (4) Year Plan 120 Units to obtain a degree 120 ÷ 4 yrs = 30 units/yr. 30 units ÷ 2 terms = 15 units/term Semester Plan, 12 Units Based on 2 semesters per academic year 120 ÷ 12 units = 10 terms or 5 yrs. Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS $1531 X 8 $12,248 $1531 X 10 $15,310
  13. 13. Why not credit cards? • High interest rates • Annual fees • Late fees • Over-credit limit fees • Penalty rates • Lost card replacement fees • Currency conversion fees • Low credit scores Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  14. 14. GAO Report to Congress Table 1: Minimum Repayment Schedule on a $2,000 Credit Card Loan at 19 Percent Monthly minimum payment amount Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS Number of months to repay Total interest payment $40 100 $1,994 $50 64 $1,193 $75 35 $619 $100 25 $424 Source: Credit Card Minimum Payment Interest Calculator, Daniel C. Peterson, www.webwinder.com Interest savings between lowest/highest payment = $1,570; time saved = 75 months or 6.25 years!
  15. 15. Resources • Financial Planning – www.edwise.org – www.studentdebthelp.org • Credit Report Agencies – Equifax (800) 685-1111 – Experian (888) 397-3742 – Trans Union (800) 888-4213 Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  16. 16. QUESTIONS? Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS
  17. 17. Summary of Book Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS College Without Ramen Noodles A simple plan to Affording College By Floyd Saunders Available for all eBook readers ISBN: 13: 978-0-9824019-2-7 Book summary: College Without Ramen Noodles; A Guide to Affording College. This highly readable guide provides college students and their parents with dozens of ways to make college a reality. In fact, use enough of these tips, and you may keep college debt at zero. Author Floyd Saunders has spent the last 20 years helping his five kids get post-secondary education using many of the options highlighted in this book. Mr. Saunders even tells you some good reasons why you might be better off with an alternative to a college degree. Regardless of your circumstances, this book offers valuable information as you consider going to college
  18. 18. About the Author Saunders Learning Group, Newton, KS • Floyd Saunders is a writer with an extensive background in the financial services industry, having worked across the industry in retail, commercial, investment banking, insurance, tax preparation and financial planning. • He has taught personal financial courses for Baker University and has taught extensively for the American Institute of Banking. He has also taught at St. Mary’s College, Lake Tahoe Community College and Mt. Diablo College. • He is the author of: Figuring Out Wall Street, College Without Ramen Noodles, Banking on Mutual Funds and Annuities, Introduction to Securities Markets, Investing in Securities and Family Financial Freedom. Author Contact email: floyd.saunders@yahoo.com Blog: www/floydsaunders.com Twitter @floydsaunders Sideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/FloydSaunders 18

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