Mission Tuition Offers Helpful Advice to 2012 High School Graduates!
As we continue to speak about the slew of benefits that come with signing up as a member on the incredible Mission Tuition website, readers are getting more and more interested in the fact that this is a company that offers massive amounts of information when it comes to choosing, paying for, and working on the best possible avenues for college funding. Not to mention the best ways to begin the next facet of your life as you head to the campus of your choice.
Yes, Mission Tuition’s ultimate popularity stems from the fact that they have been able to do what no other company was able to up until now. They had the foresight and ability to put together a company where you save money for your child’s education by simply shopping. Grocery stores, department stores – they were able to put together a menagerie of popular businesses that offer you discounts, coupons, rewards and cash-back that you receive whether you shop online or in the store.
Mission Tuition also grants their members access to tons of valuable manufacturer’s coupons from the world’s most popular brands, and each coupon is redeemable at any local grocery store. When shopping online, these incredible savings are placed into an “educational savings account” that resides at Wells Fargo. And when you shop in the store, this mass of savings is also given to you and YOU choose whether or not to put it in the account, or into your pocket. Simple as that. As the money builds up, you give yourself the time to research the huge variety of college savings plans that are out there in the world today, and when you find the one you like, you simply call Mission Tuition and they cut a check. Again, how much simpler can you get.
But as we said at the beginning, Mission Tuition has consistently shown that they are a company that truly cares about people, by providing data, statistics, sites, links, and information on all aspects of college and college life. College students and parents are always looking for creative ways to finance their college education and reduce expenses. So Mission Tuition knows – and wants to share with readers – the fact that it is truly important to look at paying for college from every possible angle; from the school you choose to the way you finance your future – every step is highly important. It is also much easier to pay for college if your monthly expenses are well-managed, and have that 529 account to tap into. So this week, Mission Tuition is providing you with a few much-needed tips in order to make your selection process a whole lot easy on you and your family.
When it comes to college planning, the tips are pretty simple, and have been stated by many in the past. But even though they’re simple, they are also the definite truth and need to be taken seriously.
If you are a high school senior, you must apply to multiple schools so that you have several financial aid offers to compare. Also, take a look at colleges that are close to your home, or close to a relative you can stay with. If you can commute to school, you won’t have to pay for all that room and board.
Plan your school application and college testing expenses ahead of time. Believe it when people say that all of these ‘little’ expenses add up quickly. If you’re able, take Advanced Placement tests while still in high school in order to obtain college credit. Any credits you receive could give you the ability to graduate early, which would definitely save you money when it comes to tuition costs.
Your high school may have a program that is linked with a local community college that will allow you to take “dual credit” classes, and your school also may have a tuition payment plan available – so always investigate your options carefully.
As the steps are taken, make sure that you select your college dorm very carefully, as well. Some dorms may cost a lot more because they are newer, or have additional facility and recreation fees attached. In addition, select your campus meal plan carefully. If you use up your meal credits early, you will have to purchase additional credits. Most plans do not let you roll over unused credits to the next school year.
As we all know, FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) is a must, and you know to fill this out every year at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ to qualify for financial aid. Once you fill out the FAFSA, your school will send you an award letter with your financial aid package. And always remember that if your family’s financial situation changes after you’ve already submitted your FAFSA information (i.e., job loss, medical emergency) work with your school’s financial aid office to see if you can obtain increased financial aid. It’s there, so ask for it!
Get free college grants by asking your financial aid office if there are non-need based grants available for your field of study. Also apply for college scholarships and your school may award you with an athletic or academic scholarship which very often cover all four years!
Do you want to save on college textbooks? Go to the website of the college bookstore and get those used textbooks before they’re all gone. Also look for new and used books online at places like eBay and Amazon – free shipping, volume discounts, you never know what you may find there.
Make sure to manage your living expenses as well as manage your debt by utilizing cash or student loans to purchase textbooks, food, and other college expenses instead of using a credit card.
Parents, the biggest point that all financial professionals will tell you is, in order to pay for some or all of your child’s college expenses create a 529 College Savings Plan for your child’s education. Some states will even allow you to lock in today’s tuition prices through a 529 Pre-Paid Tuition Plan – before ever resorting to taking out a loan.
Mission Tuition knows that when you discover what it is that you want from your future, you can have it if you just use your head and utilize the resources that are available. And one of those amazing resources comes from Mission Tuition, itself. By signing up for the free that “educational savings account” is opened at no cost to you! A truly easy savings plan where family members simply sign up with Mission Tuition, and…shop!
Research and read these very important reports that are surfacing offering the ‘stellar’ outlook for 2012, and the power that still exists in rewarding your children with a higher education. This is their time to succeed, and 2012 will offer a wealth of amazing possibilities for them to begin their path to the perfect career. Happy New Year!
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