Your college-age daughter calls you, sobbing, at 10:00 pm. She’s feeling overwhelmed by exams and paper deadlines, and she’s begging you to let her quit the part-time job she’s been working while taking her full load of college classes.
You want her to be happy, of course—plus you worry that the time she’s spending at her job might be bringing her grades down.
Do you tell her to go ahead and quit? The answer below just might surprise you.
About a month ago I wrote about how some students could end up wealthier and happier by not going to four-year college after high school. It was a life-changing post for many. If you missed it, be sure to read it here.
Today’s huge news is that starting next year, this very valuable type of post-secondary education will be FREE for an estimated 1600 Minnesotans.
If you’re going to access this benefit for your child, though, there are several things you need to know right now.
It’s true! Free technical school for 1600 Minnesotans!
Starting in 2016, Minnesota is embarking on a two-year pilot program where the state will pay tuition and fees for 1600 recent high school grads who enroll in job-skills training programs at public two-year colleges and pursue high-demand technical training in fields such as agriculture, manufacturing, and computer science and others.
Hot fields with high levels of future employability
Jobs in these fields “are very, very hot right now,” said Minnesota State Senator LeRoy Stumpf, DFL-Plummer, who was the lead sponsor of the Minnesota bill that provided $8.5 million for the program. “Nobody can get enough employees.”
Years ago, a hardworking college student could earn enough money in a summer of life-guarding or burger flipping to pay for one year of college tuition.If she continued to work for wages for as many hours as possible during the school year, lived in a tiny apartment with multiple roommates, and ate only macaroni and cheese, she might be able to cover her own living expenses during the school year as well.Is this still the case?
No; it’s not.
Students can no longer pay for their own college by working a minimum wage job.
The answer?As long as your child meets the LinkedIn.com minimum age limit of 14, it’s absolutely true.
Your child needs one place to keep track of all of her accomplishments, achievements, work experiences, school and scouting awards, scholarship awards, job shadowing experiences, and volunteer and service hours and experiences, right? LinkedIn is a spectacular place to do that.
Today I’m featuring a 16 minute TEDx talk on student loan debt by Adam Carroll.
This is a must-listen for every parent.
Listen while you’re getting ready for work in the morning, commuting, or cooking dinner. It’ll change everything you’ve ever believed about student loan debt, and it’ll change your kid’s life.
And if you find yourself breaking out in a cold sweat after listening? Don’t worry. Request my “QUICK START Guide” on this website, and then click on your child’s age in my “WHAT TO DO WHEN” section. I’ll give you free, clear, step-by-step help getting your kids through college debt free and into jobs they love afterward. To read my gravely concerned post on the topic of student loan debt, click here.
Your son or daughter has started looking at colleges, and at this point the discussion is pretty much centered around how pretty the buildings are, what kind of sports they have, and “the quality of the business program.” But are there even more important questions that should be being asked?
Like: “If I attend here, will I be able to get an off-campus job that offers me tuition reimbursement?”
A fantastic fringe benefit for college students
Most students work for money while they’re in college. Highly strategic students don’t just work for money, they work for a paycheck plus a check that their employers write to their colleges to help pay their college tuition bills.
This article on the “back door” into Harvard was previously published on this site on July 6th, 2015. It was updated and reposted here on July 30th, 2018.
Would you like your child to have a Harvard education, but without the nerve-wracking admissions pressure or astronomical tuition cost?
If this sounds good to you, you might seriously consider the Bachelor of Liberal Arts (ALB) degree at the Harvard Extension School (HES), where the cost of attendance is only $22,500 per year including tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, personal expenses, and transportation (with financial aid available to those who apply and qualify).
This is a 70% savings off of the regular yearly cost of Harvard attendance, which is among the highest in the country at upwards of $68,000 per year.
1. “Are you kidding? Is this real? How would this differ from being a regular Harvard student?”