1. You can always choose not to go to the big Universities and Colleges. Start small.Go to a community college where the tuition is less than at a private or state run university. Gather brochures from nearby community colleges to determine whether they offer the degree you are interested in. Compare the costs among the public colleges and decide what one fits your educational and financial needs.
2. Apply for federal and state run grants to help pay for college. The application for Federal student aid, or FAFSA, which can be found online, at college financial aid offices to at High school guidance offices are FREE! Grants are determined based on the previous year's tax return of you or your family. Federal Pell Grants, for example are offered in every state. Money is dispersed to colleges per semester to help pay for college tuition.
3. Talk to financial aid personnel at the college or in your high school guidance office to find scholarships. Expect to have decent high school grades or current college grades when applying. Make sure that you read the requirements carefully and follow the instructions when applying.
4. Get a part-time job or sign up for an internship program. Having a part-time job can help ease the burden of being strapped for cash. Unexpected expenses will occur, having a part-time job can help a little in those situations. Internships allow students to hold campus jobs, with the intent on helping pay for tuition.
There are many other ways to help during these times. Make sure that you ask questions there are always people willing to help.