15 actions families are taking today to make college more affordable

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  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    We did many of the things mentioned in this article, as well as:
    ...Encouraged our children to take honors, AP classes, and concurrent enrollment classes in high school to take care of some general education requirements before they started college.
    ...Expected good grades, helped them develop a good service and work resume, and insisted they take classes with high academic rigor in high school. This resulted in scholarships that covered nearly 100% of their tuition and fees for their undergraduate degrees.
    ...Helped guide them in choosing a path of study before they started college so they did not change their majors which made it possible to get B.S. degrees in engineering, accounting, and nursing within 8 semesters.
    ...Began saving for their college education the day they were born.

    Because they did these things, the money we had saved for their undergraduate degrees was used to pay for their graduate degrees (law school, MAcc, DNP).

    While some degrees cost more because they require students to pay premium surcharges for tuition, e.g. engineering, nursing, and business degrees, they are well worth the cost as those degrees teach marketable skills and knowledge that are in demand in the market place.

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 6:11 p.m.

    I did all of this. I still don't have one cent of debt to ANYONE after getting my BSN degree. Started out at a smaller school, went to a University and done. I saved as much as I could and spent even less. I now work for a major hospital here in Utah and look back with a great amount of pride what my wife and I were able to accomplish.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 22, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    People claimed that there is no way to avoid student loans.I understand if you're studying to be a doctor,engineer or something that is going to take 10 years until you start getting a check.But most undergrad degrees you can do it, while working a part or full time job.Pay as you go.At least and especially when you're single,that isn't very difficult to do.

    I know married couples,where one spouse worked while the other went to school.And then switched once one graduated.Or if they had kids (often the female) decided to not go back and finish yet.

    But the notion that the University has to be liable for a loan you take out that's just stupid.With that logic your employer should be responsible for 10% of any loan you take out.Or parents,couples,friends should be responsible for loans that their peers take out.That just doesn't make sense.If you can't afford college,you shouldn't go.Save up.Use cash.Get a pell grant.Unlessyou're a doctor you don't need a loan for undergrad work.