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HOW TO PREPARE FOR SCHOOL FINANCIALLY

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HOW TO PREPARE FOR SCHOOL FINANCIALLY

Post Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:09 am
Business school can be quite heavy on your pocket. According to Harvard Business School’s current statistics, the average tuition fee is $63,000 excluding boarding fees and insurance plans each year. That could be quite a hefty price if you are unprepared, so here are some tips to help you pay your tuition and fees.
You firstly need to understand your finances, that means you need to break down your total costs into what it is comprised of, in order to know the exact amount required. The total cost should include the total cost of tuition and related academic expenses, (compare the costs of each school you are considering in order to make the best choice), the total cost of living (factor in the location of each school). Refer to The Harvard Business School Statistics for a guideline of typical costs.
If you find yourself running short on being able to cover some of your expenses, you can consider taking out student loans; there are federal loans and private loans. Federal loans are given to you by the government and they have different programs that suit your needs. Private loans are not funded or subsidized by the federal government, but are instead funded by banks, credit unions, or other types of lenders. Make sure you understand these loan types and what exactly you need. Loans are a good way to finance your business education, but avoid borrowing more than you actually need.
Keep in mind that loans are paid back over time, with interest accruing, so be careful and don’t borrow so much that it’s a struggle to make the monthly repayments after you graduate.
Understand your financial aid options. Statistics obtained from business school reports show that 61% of MBA students get financial assistance of some sort. Therefore, most prestigious universities offer financial aid to domestic and international students. Both require you to meet the eligibility criteria provided by the school. Make sure you contact the school or check their website for full details on the financial aid options you have.
Once you decide on a program, start saving money as early as possible to reduce the amount that you will need to borrow. You can start by getting job and choosing a dollar amount or a percentage of your wages to save, even if it is just $30 per week will yield you $1,560 by the end of the year. You can also spend less of your income and direct most of it to your savings. A little goes a long way.
You should also request for your free credit report. By law, you are entitled to at least one free annual credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian, and Transunion. You should understand how your credit score works as the better your score, the lower your interest rates on your educational loans. You should also try to resolve any discrepancies as early as possible.
If you have the means, you ought to pay off your consumer debt. Make sure you keep all of your debt obligations current including student loans. Most student loans that you already have can be deferred once you are enrolled in school full-time.

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