(Closed) College Bees – How did you pay for your degree?

posted 7 years ago in College
  • poll: How did you pay for your undergrad degree?

    My parents paid.

    I got a scholorship.

    I took out student loans.


  • Post # 47
    7368 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    Me, myself and I… And some Tap/Pell in the early years and Sallie Mae for the rest 😉


    Post # 48
    1031 posts
    Bumble bee

    I busted my ass working 4-6 days per week during school and then working two full time jobs in the summer. It’s something that at the time was beyond hard, but I’m happy that I did it, I was able to graduate with zero debt.

    Post # 49
    2633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Sea_Ashley:  It’s a combination of loans, grants and scholarships…and a little imagination. 

    So I have gotten some scholarships, and I apply when I can. 

    I also apply for a loan . With  anything that they loan you over the amount of $7500 is counted as a grant. So Every year I will only owe $7500 ($30 000 over 4 years – still a lot).  

    So my other plan is to take the lump sum of money I get each year, pay the tuition (my tuition this year is $7900. I do not live on res or have a food plan), and the remainder I bank it in a high interest savings account till I am done school completely, under a family memebers name,(sneaky? maybe….I think of it more as resourceful). 

    I don’t need to live off the rest of the money, (thank you DH). So anything I get over $7900 was  banked! 

    I am hoping to pay off my loan with the money they gave me (well most of it anyways). 


    Post # 50
    1192 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Sea_Ashley:  My parents paid, which I am beyond thankful for. I hadn’t quite understood the full impact of student loans until I met Fiance and he was still paying his off in his early 30s. I’d heard friends complaining about filling out their FAFSAs and things like that, but it didn’t become real to me until I saw it affecting Fiance.

    Post # 51
    1409 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I voted other, though I suppose I could have said my parents paid. They did pay for all of my tuition,  but the last two years, when I had moved away from home, I took out student loans to pay for my living expenses. 

    Post # 52
    6114 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @Sea_Ashley:  I took out as few student loans as I could (like $2000 per semester), and then I worked 30 hours a week while taking a full class load to cover living expenses, books, and any left over studen fees.  It was really hard, I had a few mental breakdowns, but you know I’m debt free because I had so few loans to pay back.  Short term craziness pays off!

    Post # 53
    3696 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    All of the above.  My grandparents had a trust fund set up with enough for a state education.  I had a scholarshp that covered tuition, so that paid for room/board.  I bought my own books and booze, and took out a small loan to build credit.  Leftover money in the trust fund bought me a car to drive in school that then was my graduation present.

    Post # 54
    2559 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I had full scholarships for tuition, and both my mom and I took out student loans in my name that we are repaying for living costs like housing. I also worked around the clock all summer and banked all that money instead of taking classes so I could eat that year.

    Post # 55
    985 posts
    Busy bee

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    @Malawianchic:  bless your parents ! 


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    @Sea_Ashley:  im currently in undergrad, and my parents pay it entirely combined with my partial scholarship. They will likely assist with grad school as well, but I may supplement a little with loans because my younger brother will be approaching college then. 

    Post # 56
    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Combination of scholarships and student loans. 

    Post # 57
    275 posts
    Helper bee

    Undergraduate: I had a full ride except for my meal plan, which was paid for by my college savings (and really not that much money).

    Graduate School: I am getting paid to be here and almost as much as I would be in industry.  I work my butt off doing research and classes but it is worth it.


    My SO:

    Undergraduate: Mix of dad, money left by deceased mother, and scholarships

    Vet School: Loans… Not looking forward to paying those off, but I’m saving whatever money I can right now.

    Post # 58
    7579 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    You should have an option for “I paid.” I took out some loans but I also paid quite a bit of it because I worked while in school and then my parents helped me out with rent.

    Post # 59
    111 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Mix of scholarship (minimal), CLEP (much cheaper than taking the classes, got a whole semester worth of credits this way), post secondary enrollment option (lets you enroll in college classes while in highschool and counts credits toward both – covered under highschool tuition), and working my butt off waitressing/having saved all my baby-sitting/afterschool job money.  I was able to graduate debt free (and super young) which was worth it, but man it was stressful while I did it.

    Post # 60
    3552 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    My parents agreed to pay up to half. They ended up paying  about 1/3 because I got the rest covered with scholarships and reciprocity. I worked through my last two years to afford my living expenses. I’m one of the only people I know who graduated debt-free.

    Post # 61
    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    federal financial aid and student loans.

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