The path to certification can be expensive, and often has to be juggled with work and family. While there’s no way to cut corners on the time involved, there are things you can do to save on the expenses incurred while working towards your certification. Here are some tips to help to keep a few bills in your wallet while working to achieve your goal:
Look for scholarships and grants. Often there are corporations who will sponsor students such as yourself, you just have to find them. Look for companies that are involved with the technology you’re studying, go to their website, and look for a community involvement page to see if they offer aid to students.
Consider an apprenticeship. Often on the job training is part of an internship requirement for school, and you can get paid while earning your credit hours. As a bonus, many companies that hire interns opt to hire them permanently after certification because they are already familiar with their work efforts.
Look for online deals to ease your expenses. Sites such as Groupon make a business out of helping people save money, and you can get discounts and coupons for companies such as Verizon that will ease your bills before you buy.
Look for used textbooks to lower your overall cost. Some sites specialize in textbooks for students, others have ebook versions for a fraction of the cost.
Write down your monthly expenditures to determine exactly where your money goes. Often we eat out more than we realize, and that can be a hundred or more that is better spent elsewhere. Likewise, lowering your utilities, settling for a less expensive cable package, and trimming the grocery bill are all things that are quite painless to integrate into your lifestyle but will pay off in the long run.
Ask your school if they offer help with tuition. Often there are little known programs that you can tap into and make it more affordable. Likewise, your school career financial aid office can determine whether you qualify for federal or state scholarships or other special incentives to help you achieve your dream of becoming certified.