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How to Earn a College Degree Debt Free


It might sound impossible, but you really can earn a college degree with little to no debt. You just have to understand your options and financial resources. Here are a few ways to make sure you’re taking advantage of all your opportunities to save money:

  1. Select a college with affordable tuition rates. At Nicolet, tuition and fees for a 3-credit class is $584.40. At Wisconsin’s public universities, you’ll pay from $850 to $1550, and up to $4,000 at a private in-state university. This means our cost per credit is 2-3 times lower than public institutions and up to 7 times lower than private college credits!
  2. Complete the FAFSA. By completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you are applying for all types of aid which include: federal and state grants, student loans, and work study. The FAFSA opened October 1 and applications can be submitted online.
  3. Apply for scholarships. It’s easy to apply online for hundreds of Nicolet College Foundation scholarships ranging from $250-$2,500. The application is quick and simple, and the money can be used toward tuition and books. Scholarship applications are currently being accepted October 5 – 26, 2020.

Making smart financial decisions will pay-off in the long run. By selecting a college with more affordable tuition, your dollar will stretch further and you have nothing to lose by applying for financial aid and scholarships. You’ll probably end up being awarded funds you never have to pay back. This money can make a drastic impact on paying for college. By understanding and using these financial options, college can be more affordable than you think. Contact us if you have questions about paying for college at Nicolet.