24 Jun, 2021 02:31 PM

If you are dirt poor and not A+ smart, how is it possible to go to college?

Especially when there is no guarentee that you will graduate or still find a job when you do. Student loans are expensive to pay back and especially hard if you might not make it after all.

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GR
24 Jun, 2021 02:31 PM

There is financial aid available that you do not have to pay back.  You can apply online, I would ask your high school guidance counselor for help.  They will know your situation and be able to advise you on grants and scholarships. Also, student loans are not a bad thing, the interest are low, and you don't pay them back until you finish school.   Don't sell yourself short.  A college education is out there for you.  You don't have to be a genius either.  Find something you are interested in and would love to do.  Junior colleges are a good place to start if you really don't know what it is you are interested in.  There are also technical schools, art schools, schools for medical and dental careers, beauty schools.  You name it , you can find your place.  Find something you love to do.  You will succeed.  Good Luck.

LO
24 Jun, 2021 02:31 PM

If you're sure that you won't graduate at least get a G.E.D. It shows that you made an effort & that you have basic knowledge of english, math, social studies, & science. But by all means don't just drop out & go get a G.E.D. because of laziness. A high school diploma is better of course, get a tutor or ask teachers for extra credit work. There are many grant/scholarship programs out there you just need to do some research. Also if you don't feel so comfortable with your learning capabilities you could always try a trade school instead of a 4 year college & still gain the skills to get a decent paying career & in less time. Try your local employment centers, some offer free career planning & training. Or ask your guidance counselor at school.- Hope this helps.

EL
24 Jun, 2021 02:31 PM

If you are dirt poor you can qualify for Financial Aid.  There are grants and loans that will help you pay for college.  Go to a community college for degree.  Community colleges are a lot cheaper.  If you wish to transfer to another college take the gen eds and entry courses at the community college and then try looking around for schools that give tuition reductions to state residents.  Playing sports and doing community service can help you obtain scholarships.

As for not being book smart, you just have to keep pushing yourself.  Many people do have the capabilities to get a A+, they just do not try.  They are lazy.  Don't be.  Study study study.  Work extra hard on those research papers.  Good grades will help you get scholarships, grants, and help you get into the school you want.  If you do qualify for financial aid, make sure you pass the courses.  If you do not, then the amount you qualify for will be reduced.

GR
24 Jun, 2021 02:32 PM



50% of Americans go to college.

That's part of your answer right there.. the other part is that a lot of students to go in state public schools and pay very little.

There are no guarantees, you are right, but that's the way it is in life.  There are no guarantees that you'll be able to find a $12/hr job if you don't go to college.  If you do go, you chances are much higher of getting a high paying job and you like, paying back your loans, and getting a degree that means something (although that's not a guarantee either, because the value of degrees is constantly changing.)  Life is all about decisions.

Most colleges have convenient turn-back policies... if you go to college and decide it's not for you within a week, you can leave and get all of your money back.

AL
24 Jun, 2021 02:32 PM

Community college is an option. A second option is to spend a little cash to figure out what you want from life-- go see a job counciler. It will be worth your time. Goal setting is the big key. If you figure out that you want to work in a job that makes $40,000 + a year, it will be easy to pay back your loans. If you figure out you want a job that makes $30,000 a year, then going to college probably isn't worth it because you can make that much without going to college... In most cases, going to college and studying hard pays off. Just make sure you do what you're comfortable with and what will make you happy in the long run.