"Finding employment is becoming increasingly difficult for those without a college degree. A recent CareerBuilder survey shows that employers are not only raising their educational requirements, but up to 41% are now hiring college-educated employees for positions traditionally held by those with high school degrees. The implications are clear: a college degree significantly improves one’s chances for employment.
For many individuals, however, the cost of college tuition remains an obstacle to higher education. Roughly 44.2 million Americans have some form of student loan debt, and that number continues to grow each year. Today, the average student graduates with around $37,172 in debt — a 6% increase over the past year. Despite these numbers, taking out loans can often seem like the only option for low-income students, who are more likely to drop out of school due to financial pressure and a lack of access to wealth through family or financial assets. Students from low-income households also tend to default on their loans at a higher rate than other borrowers, which results in further interest and late fees.
The thought of paying for a college degree can seem overwhelming, especially without financial help from one’s family. Are you wondering how to pay for your college on your own? Don’t know where to start? The following guide explores the many options available."
*Taken from affordablecolleges.com