No one can dispute the value of a post-secondary education. However, achieving that goal is often overshadowed by the extraordinary costs associated with obtaining a degree or certification. Institutions with expensive tuition fees are often widely publicized, making the affordability of college even more daunting. With research and planning, families can find the means to make post-secondary education a reality.
According to a 2007 College Board Study, Education Pays 2007, an individual with a bachelor's degree can expect to earn more than 60 percent (more than $800,000) than those with only a high school diploma. Understanding the financial aid process, learning about financing options (including scholarship and loans), and keeping in mind the loan forgiveness programs available to fire fighters will help to minimize the financial commitment necessary to achieve the dream of obtaining a post-secondary education.
Click on the links on the right to learn more about financial aid, scholarships, parent loans, student loans, and loan forgiveness programs.