As college decision deadlines draw near, students around the world now must do the math and calculate how they are going to finance their degree.
College has a bigger financial impact on students — both in terms of cost and earning potential — than ever before.
U.S. News and World Report estimates that over the past 20 years, the in-state cost of attending a public national university has increased by 237 percent. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, a bachelor's degree is now worth $2.8 million over a lifetime. Today, approximately 44 million Americans hold a total of $1.3 trillion in student loan debt.
Here are five ways students can help minimize the cost of attending college: