(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 # 92
    2787 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I got a full scholarship (it covered full tuition fees and also some money for books)

    Florida has a scholarship (Bright Futures) that covers all tuition fees as long as you attend a state college. It had only 2 requirements to quality: GPA (I think it was 3.3 or 3.5) & SAT score (I don’t remember the score). The scholarship is funded by the state lottery.

    I know South Carolina has a similar program, I have a coworker that moved there a couple of years ago for that reason, he had kids that were in high school and moving there would allow his kids to go to college for free.

    Post # 93
    663 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    1st and 2nd year my dad paid for.

    3rd and 4th year I got a partial scholarship and I also got my stepdad’s GI bill transferred to me which pays 100% of my tuition.

    I feel very fortunate!

    Post # 94
    708 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    I got about a half scholarship (inclusive of tuition and living expenses) and my parents paid the rest. Very lucky and very grateful. I will be on my own for grad school, though!

    Post # 95
    956 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    My parents gave me a budget and I made up the difference with scholarships. If I didn’t have scholarships, I would have either A. Chosen a cheaper school or B. Taken out loans (but probably A. You can get a great education at a lot of schools.)

    Post # 96
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I worked during summers and part time in my last semester of 4th year.

    And I had OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program).

    Post # 97
    151 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m lucky that in Scotland the governemnt pay tuition fees, so that was a big weight off! I was really lucky that my parents paid my accomodation, the rest I just worked to pay for, I was lucky that the rest was much smaller than most people have to deal with!

    Post # 98
    569 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For my undergraduate degree, I deliberately chose a school with a strong co-op internship program that provided paid work placements in my field, in between terms. The work experience was great for the resume, and the salary I made was enough to cover all my own tuition. My parents helped with living expenses. I took a few odd jobs (cashier, food service etc) during school for extra cash and to pay for vacations and a trip to Europe after I finished.

    For grad school, I took out a student loan for the first year or so, and after I transferred to the doctoral program, the research stipend covered almost everything afterwards. Before the end of my program, I decided I didn’t want to have the debt, so I paid it off in cash. Quite happy to graduate debt-free.



    Post # 99
    2777 posts
    Sugar bee

    My parents haven’t given me a dime for my education. I have a child so I only claim myself for fafsa and my grants cover all my tuition, books and I get a little extra. I did take out a 3500$ student loan my first year when I was out of state, but it’s not a big deal. So’s grandmother passed awaywhen he was younger and left him 50k, which he used for his schooling/living expenses.

    Post # 100
    1812 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I voted all 4!

    1. My parents had a dedicated savings account that covered about a year and a half of tuition

    2. I had a tiny scholarship ($1k) randomly awarded during sophomore year from my department because of good grades

    3. I took out FAFSA loans that covered about a year and a half of tuition (I qualified for more, but I only took out what I needed for tuition only – I’m debt averse)

    4. I worked from high school through college to cover the remainder, and also pay for books, supplies, rent, bills, food, and fun.

    Post # 101
    6261 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House

    my parents paid- which I’m so happy about! DH and I have already started thinking about paying for our kids’ college educations.

    Post # 102
    13904 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    A combination of all three: my parents paid a huge chunk, I got a scholarship, and I took out the minimal amount of loans (for credit-building).  Grad school I paid out of pocket on my own.

    Post # 103
    358 posts
    Helper bee

    My parents started off paying and paid for about 1/2 then I took over and paid out of pocket…while working part time at minimum wage.  Luckily my SO makes more and doesent mind covering most of rent and my school is very eccononical and allows you to pay as you go throughout the semester otherwise I would have to take out a loan

    Post # 104
    454 posts
    Helper bee

    I got a combination of the 3 for undergrad.  I went out of state, so it was kind of expensive.  I had a yearly scholarship, and the rest was covered by loans and my parents.  Still working on those loans!  For grad school, however, I’m getting a doctorate, so luckily my tuition is getting paid for me and I get a stipend/fellowship so I can put all my time into my classes and research. 

    Post # 105
    463 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    Cal Grants.  The state paid.

    Post # 106
    1348 posts
    Bumble bee

    Grants, work, and family money. I’m trying to pay for as much as possible myself.

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