I found the article 4 college savings tips for community college students on USnews.com. It had some great information that I felt was important to pass along to my readers (that's you!).
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This article emphasizes the importance of managing your community college years wisely, particularly if your plan is to move on to a four-year university. Here are the tips from the article, summarized by me:
1. Check transfer credits before enrolling each semester.
You don't want to finish your two years of community college schooling and find out that nothing transfers. Let your community college advisor know where you plan to transfer to from the beginning and check back each semester to make sure you are on track.
2. Avoid exceeding financial aid time limits.
Make sure you take as many basic requirement courses as possible while at community college. Taking classes that don't count toward your final graduation goal can extend your time in school, and therefore exceed your maximum federal and state financial aid time limits.
3. Pay cash, but don't skimp on scholarship applications.
Pay cash for as much community college as possible, so that money that is invested in a 529 plan can continue to grown and help pay for college your last two years. And don't forget to fill out your FAFSA form.
4. Budget tightly.
Don't waste all the money you saved by going to community college on silly things like dining out and entertainment.
Bonus tip from me:
5. Work a part time job.
I know that college is a busy time, but working gives you a huge advantage financially. Having a source of income will help cover some of your bills.