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Paying for college is often a lot like buying groceries – you want to get the best value for your money, but you also want your meal to be a satisfying experience. You look for ways to control your costs, but some of them don’t make sense, like driving all the way across town just to save 5¢ on a can of soup. In the end, you’ve spent too much for something that would have been just as good without the unreasonable effort.
It was a cost you could have controlled.
By controlling less obvious factors that affect cost, you’ll also find that you can keep college in your family’s price range.
Factors That Increase College Costs
Market Research Controls College Costs
Just as families look through Sunday fliers looking for the best deals, a little research on colleges can save you a lot of money, too. Rank colleges according to criteria that’s important to you. This should include up to 25 specific categories that meet your personal, academic, professional, and social needs. After that, conduct campus visits to see if a campus truly meets your requirements.
It’s a bit like visiting several stores to find out which ones routinely offer you the best deal. But unlike a satisfying meal you’ll forget in just a few hours, saving on your college education can impact the rest of your life because you’ll graduate without deep debts and emerge with a degree that could put you on the path to financial security.
To find out more about how RSC’s counselors can save you money on your college education, call 800-304-1433 today!
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