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Getting an education can be one of the most valuable investments in your life. Providing you with a qualitative authority to backup the knowledge you obtained. Helping you get that dream job or providing you an incredible career changing the world. Whatever reason you choose to go to school, you always come to the realization that there is a cost to it. Typically this cost ends up being absorbed by student debt, a looming and burdensome beast that follows us long after we have left the academic world. And for those of us who don't get to complete schooling or end up with a not so great job, those student loans can break our budgets and many other things in our lives.
Students seem to be now days, the most resourceful individuals on the planet. Extending the life of ramen, finding cost effective ways of doing laundry, and even finding cheap apartments. There are some costs that seem to balloon and grow every year. Especially with some courses requiring special books you can only obtain at the university book store.
Thankfully there have been a large number of services coming out of the deep abyss of the internet. Similar to the various used stores we see on the main drags in university towns, these services offer affordable prices on books that beat the over inflated prices of university book stores. Some of these places like Amazon offer huge discounts on books for a certain period of time. For both Fall and Spring Semesters.
Other sites like chegg.com (not an affiliate link) offer affordable text book rentals if you are not able to afford the whole cost of the book right away.
But wait there's more!
With the ever growing costs of education several other services have come out over the last three to five years like coursera.org (not an affiliate link) and codecademy.com offer courses in topics to get you interested in or even fully immersed in new fields of study or content. Coursera in particular actually works with top rated schools and universities to bring in depth and meaningful courses that allow you to earn certifications from these top schools.
While there is a catch to this, like having to pay for certification courses or the more in depth courses on codecademy, these sites offer the ability for you to give yourselves an edge when it comes to material and content of these courses when it comes to going to the university. It won't eliminate the need for these courses, but they can certainly give you the knowledge to ensure you won't have to retake courses and further dig yourself into debt. Which is always good.
And heck, you could even buy yourself a nice meal for the money you save in student loan payments down the road.
-The Undercover Dad
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