You relly need to be rich to afford college tuition in full for two kids?

Nope! My Dad worked for the post office when my brothers and I were in high school. My Mom did some secretarial work and sold Avon products, which she started doing when all three of us needed orthodontia treatment for our teeth. They bought and drove used cars for many years, and we lived in a smaller house than many of our friends, but the house was paid for.






I still remember this discussion when my older brother started looking at colleges
parents said they would do everything they could to help us get into college and complete our degrees, but we would have to do our part too, by getting excellent grades. Mom and Dad researched scholarships, and joined many fraternal organizations which provided scholarships, like the American Legion, Eagles Club, VFW, and such. They also did volunteer work for those groups, which raised our profiles when it came time to award those scholarships. They also completed every form and application needed to ensure all our data was correct and up to date.




This was before you could do it all online, so there were many forms, lots of copies required, and I remember going to the public library with my Mom to help research available funding resources.

It’s so much easier now, with research available on line. And you and your parents should start as early as possible to look at those resources. Your high school advisor will also be able to assist.

My older brother and I both attended and graduated from the University of Michigan.



A young brother earned a full ride to Western Michigan University. I worked midnight shift for the State of Michigan for several years while I went to classes each morning, right after work, and did homework (and slept) in the afternoons, but it paid my tuition in full as a benefit.

Many employers who hire teenagers also provide scholarships McDonald’s and other fast food places are among them. So you can contribute to your future by working for such a location, and earning the scholarships that will help you along the way.





Another option is to attend a community college  which is sometimes free, or lower cost) for your first two years, and then transfer as a junior to complete your degree. The cost savings are enormous, and no one will question your diploma when you’ve finished. You and your parents should meet with your high school advisor to help plan your financing and future plans.

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