How do Students from a Needy or Disadvantaged Background Survive College?

Considering the high cost of tuition, schooling materials (textbooks, labs etc), what are some of the ways by which financially challenged students can raise funds to support their living expenses while in school?


  • Thanks for your question @innoexcell.

    According to the United Nations, General Assembly 2015b report, para 25; "All people, irrespective of sex, age, race or ethnicity, and persons with disabilities, migrants, indigenous peoples, children and youth, especially those in vulnerable situations, should have access to lifelong learning opportunities that help them to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to exploit opportunities and to participate fully in society."

    In a nutshell, this implies that the high cost of college tuition, schooling materials or living expenses should not be a hindrance to education. Yet, the reality is that lots of people especially in disadvantaged communities struggle to feed daily, talk less about affording higher education.

    For such students, it is important to understand that all hope is not lost. Here are some tips that could help:

    1. Study hard and be determined to excel regardless of challenges.
    2. Consider applying to highly affordable government-owned institutions with reasonable education standards.
    3. Develop personal skills that could fetch you some extra cash.
    4. Explore Work & Study Options if your University offers one.
    5. Offer to take students tutorials in exchange for a fee.
    6. Look out for State and Federal Government Bursaries. These aids are common in Government-owned institutions.
    7. Ask about Graduate and Undergradute Scholarships' Schemes Sponsored by Individuals, Private and Public Companies.
    8. If applicable, encourage your parents or guardians to start saving for your college or university education.
    9. Cut out unnecessary expenses.
    10. Be hopeful of a great future.

    In conclusion, education is everybody's right; regardless of their financial background. In extreme situations, it is helpful to understand that you can be educated without attending a formal higher institution training.

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