From the teen years well into adulthood, there will be times when you need to learn, and the classes you need to take probably aren’t free. That means that you want to be doing what you can in order to put away money so that you can afford higher education. Loans aren’t the only money you will want to have, and you do need to pay them back even if you do get full coverage.
Sometimes you’ll get money that you think you should spend on something else, that you should actually be putting away toward school (like a stipend on your school loan payment or your income tax refund). Here are some ways to make and save money to help you further your education at any age
Save Your Settlement
If you have a settlement coming, from whatever, you may want to put that money away for your future schooling. It can still help to fight for that lump sum amount, though. Putting it into an interest-bearing checking account until you need it will add to the money you have when it’s time to pay for that education.
Many people like to go spend big profits on random things, like a fancy sports car. However, if you use yours for a good education that can get you a great career you’ll be on the road to the sports car in no time anyway (and you won’t lose it when you run out of money because you spent up your settlement and had to work in the fast food industry).
Create A Savings Plan
Even if you don’t have money coming from a settlement or an inheritance, you can still put away the money you need to pay for a college education or to pay for trade school. You just need a savings account and a head on your shoulders.
Set a certain amount to put into your savings from every paycheck. Make it an amount that over a couple years could easily pay for trade school or a couple semesters of college.
Invest For The Future
If you’re working, whether you’re in your teen years or already an adult, and your job has a 401(k), invest in it. You could even invest in stocks and bonds. These investments can add up, and even a 401(k) can be cashed out early. This could be the money you need in order to get a trade school certification.
Look Into Grants And Loans
There are loans, but you have to pay them off, so you still want to save money. You should also go after grants that you might qualify for. High school students with good grades have a lot of options, but there are grants for adults too. If you’re into sports or something special as far as academics go, you might even qualify for a scholarship.