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4 tips for saving on college expenses

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:45AM Wednesday May 29, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

It's graduation time! So while you're thinking about that graduation gift (hey, this DIY candy bar poster gift is cool), it's also a good time to think about the upcoming costs of college. 

It can be a stressful time for a lot of families and students, but here are a few tips from Dealpros that can get you on the right track towards saving some money and feeling a little less stressed. 

1. Buy those textbooks used if possible. Use a site like or to find the used textbooks you are looking for. I bought my textbooks used when I was in college and this saved me hundreds of dollars each year. 

2. Look into Community Colleges for some or all courses. These classes can often times be a lot cheaper than Universities, so it's a good way to supplement classes and reduce expenses. Read more on saving money on college expenses with Alea. 

3. Don't pay to fill out that FAFSA form, and make sure that you complete all financial aid and scholarship forms in a timely manner. Read tips on filling out your FAFSA forms from Karen. 

4. As a parent, decide how much you should contribute to college. Do you want to pay for all, some or none of college? Read 4 things parents should know before paying for college on Kristie's blog. 

With a some good strategic planning, it is possible to reduce college expenses. What are some of your tips for saving on college expenses?

Crystal Collins is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at