College is not an expense, it is an investment towards your future
College tuition is pricey, no question.
Try not to think of education as an expense, but as an investment towards your future. Business Insider writes about Kenny Troutt, the founder of Excel Communications, and how his college investment now has him at a net worth of 1.41 billion dollars.
Troutt’s dad was a bartender. Troutt paid for his own college tuition at Southern Illinois University by selling life insurance. He made most of his money from the phone company Excel Communications, which he founded in 1988 and took public in 1996.
Two years later, Troutt merged his company with Teleglobe in a $3.5 billion deal (Business Insider). Although he is now retired, he still invests his money heavily in horse races. It can be done folks.
For those of you who feel as if you do not have enough funds to start your college career, here are a few ways you can still make it happen.
FAFSA, which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is how most students receive their grants and loans, myself included.
FAFSA is free and easy to use, just make sure you go to the correct website, www.fafsa.gov. If you are on any other financial aid site that does not end in “.gov,” you will more than likely be giving your personal information out to a scammer, so please be aware of that.
If you need help, your high school is full of teachers and professionals who have gone through college themselves and have probably applied for Financial Aid as well. My high school advisor helped me set up my entire FAFSA account, and walked me through step by step on how to apply for Financial Aid.
Another great way to earn money for college, especially for Burleson students, is through the Burleson Opportunity Fund. BOF is something I wish I would’ve known about in high school that I was never fully introduced to.
According to the BOF website, “The BOF is a scholarship program open to all high school graduates who live or attend school in Burleson. The ultimate goal of the Burleson Opportunity Fund is to provide every high school graduate from Burleson the opportunity to attain post-secondary education.” For more information, you can visit the BOF website at www.burlesonoppfund.com.
Lastly, one important thing to look into that every college, university, trade school, etc. will have to offer is scholarships.
You can get scholarships for just about anything these days. If you already know where you plan on going to school, check out their website and view the scholarship opportunities.
There are professionals you can call or email to learn how to apply for scholarships. You can generally find contact information at the bottom of any scholarship page. Do not be afraid to call and ask questions, that’s why they are there.
At this point, any amount of money you can receive for college is worth looking into.
Four years will go by unbelievably fast, and I promise I am not exaggerating. Some of you may think high school flew by, but just wait until you graduate from college.
All of the hard work you put into your future will pay off. Work hard now so you can play later, because you will look back and be so thankful for your investment in your past.
Remember, it is never to late or too early to start investing into your future. Yesterday is in the past, and soon enough college will be too.
A great quote to let sink in about your education, comes from one of our founding fathers, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” –Benjamin Franklin
If you have any questions or concerns about how to apply for college or financial aid, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to help.
Mallory Buettemeyer is a 2014 Burleson graduate and student at the University of North Texas.