By Michael Feder
The idea of financing your education can seem daunting. There are scholarships and grants to pursue, loans to consider and benefits to explore. No wonder the navigation process alone is enough to make some people press “delay” on starting the process at all.
The solution? A solid plan to finance your education. Here, you’ll find that plan broken down into five steps designed to get you on the right path.
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If you’ve completed the previous steps but still need a little extra cash, then you may have to work while going to school. In this situation, it’s important to be transparent with your employer prior to taking on any position. That means having a frank discussion about the amount of time you’ll need for schoolwork and how you’ll manage your paid work with that schoolwork.
Having this conversation can lay the foundation for a healthy work-school balance. When your employer understands and is onboard with your situation, you can collaborate on a schedule that meets both your needs, especially if you need blocks of time for studying or attending class.
Of course, not all employers are willing to help. But the only way to find out what kind of employer you have is to have the conversation.
Some employers even offer tuition benefits to working students. Check with your company’s human resources department to see what might be available to you.