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Pay for school

Calculate costs and how to pay for college.

Let's create a plan to fund your future.

There are more ways than ever to pay for your college degree or certificate. By developing a thorough plan, a college education is within reach for every Texas student. Take the following steps to figure how much your program will cost and how you’ll pay for it.

Understand the costs of school

When making your budget, it’s important to plan for every possible expense—not just tuition. You should have an idea of what you’ll pay for books, transportation, housing, and other costs. Having these accounted for will help you plan your savings and reduce surprises when it comes time to pay. We’ll walk you through each of these expenses and provide estimates of what to expect.

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Reduce costs and start saving

Once you know the estimated amount you plan to pay for school, explore ways to reduce your expenses. Some cost-saving opportunities include the following: credits for high school or college classes, tuition waivers and exemptions, and course format options (e.g., online or in person) . We can help you understand each of these cost-saving opportunities, as well as your payment options.

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Take advantage of past or current employment

Your employment experience is something that colleges and career schools value.

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Schools may provide course credit for your previous work experience.
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Your employer may offer educational benefits for certain credentials.
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If you’re a service member, military spouse, or child of a service member, you may be eligible for educational benefits.
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Apply for financial aid

Many students in the United States take advantage of financial aid to help pay for college or career programs. There are different types of financial aid, including the following: loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs. Learn how to apply for financial aid, explore the differences in financial aid types, and understand their requirements.

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When it comes to scholarships, don’t wait —be proactive.

“You can get scholarships because you played the violin, because of your culture, because you’re the first in your family to go to college. But it takes legwork and homework.”

Shani George, Delta Excellence Home Healthcare

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