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1,127 - Paying for College

August 7th, 2015

Episode 277 of 489 episodes

It can cost a lot of money to go to college in the U.S. Learn how to pay for it in this episode. Slow dialog: 1:16 Explanations: 3:50 Fast dialog: 18:41 Chris: Which colleges are you applying to? Marcella: None. I can’t afford to go to college. Even if I lived at home, tuition, fees, and books are just too expensive. Chris: You could apply for financial aid. Marcella: I don’t want to get a bunch of loans and be in debt for the next 10 to 20 years. It’s not worth it. Chris: Loans aren’t so bad, especially ones that are federally subsidized. Apart from that, you could get need-based grants or work-study. Put all of that together and college can be affordable. Marcella: I don’t want to go into debt of any kind. Chris: You could go to a community college and transfer to a four-year university after two years. Community college tuition is much lower. Marcella: But who has the time? I have to work full-time to pay my bills. Chris: Then think about a program that has a service commitment. Marcella: What do you mean? Chris: There are teaching, military, or community service programs that will forgive or pay off your loans if you work for the organization for a few years after graduating. Marcella: And be an indentured servant? No, thank you! Chris: Okay, but most good jobs nowadays require a college degree. Marcella: Not if you really have talent Chris: Talent? Marcella: Yeah, haven’t you seen me mime? That’s my ticket to a great career. Chris: I’m happy to hear you have such a practical plan mapped out for your future. Script by Dr. Lucy Tse

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