I’ve spent a lot of time working with college-aged women on their financial woes (believe me, with the student loan bubble about to burst there are many) and the one thing I hear again and again is the complaint that secondary eduction has become so expensive. The numbers aren’t pretty: according to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2014–2015 school year was $31,231 at private colleges, $9,139 for state residents at public colleges, and $22,958 for out-of-state residents attending public universities. Yikes!
But here’s what I say to those disgruntled chicks: who pays the sticker price for college anyway?!
As a Rich Bitch, you negotiate everything. The college or university probably won’t change the actual price of room and board, but they often will offer scholarships and grants to meet you halfway. So, just like you aren’t going to pay the sticker price for a car, you’re not going to pay it for your college tuition (or your kid’s college tuition).
There are lots of creative ways besides scholarships to reduce the costs of going to school (or back to school!); check out some of these sneaky (but totally legit!) ideas and your wallet can thank me later. And don’t give in to the temptation of those campus banking booths without doing your homework first; click over here for the ins and outs of choosing a bank that’s right for you.
It’s time to stop thinking of your education as being priceless. It has a price-tag, honey. So be smart!