When it comes to paying for school, a dollar saved is one less dollar you’ll have to borrow. With the average student loan debt reaching $29,900, according to Student Loan Hero, students should seek out multiple ways to save on their college education. Fortunately, for students that want to get creative and be intentional about their college choice, that is possible. There are a variety of universities that work with students to ensure they don’t pay more for their education than they need to.A work college isn’t your typical higher ed experience, and there are only a handful of these schools in the country. At a work college, students attend classes, and work jobs around the campus. However, these aren’t your typical campus jobs. Students may start out cleaning restrooms or setting up campus events. They eventually land a job on campus that requires them to manage a budget and spending. The point of these work colleges is to provide students with a learning experience that translates to real-world job skills. At some of these work colleges, tuition is free. Others provide very generous scholarship and financial aid. According to Work Colleges Consortium, these students graduate with reduced, little, or no debt at all.Some of the top work colleges in the country include: • Alice Lloyd College – Pippa Passes, KY • Berea College – Berea, KY • College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, MOFor more work colleges in the U.S., check out workcolleges.org.
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