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Students Prepare for the Cost of College
Lilly Post
Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Attending college has now become almost certain for many students after high school. It helps you pursue your career of choice and start a life of your own. However, it is not as easy as it seems. The cost of attending a four-year college averages out to $25,362 per year. This can cause many students to be in thousands of dollars of debt after they graduate. The prices for attending college are very high and they keep rising as the years go on. This leads many high school seniors to find many different ways to afford it. The most common way to offset their school tuition is scholarships. There are hundreds of thousands of different kinds of scholarships that can apply for the scholarships to be entered to win different amounts of money for school. 

One high school senior, Martia Abing, is planning on attending Viterbo University, which is a private 4-year university in LaCrosse. It is her responsibility to pay for her education herself, just like most students going to college. Throughout the school year, she has filled out as many scholarships that she can, because free money for school is like gold. However, even after all of the hours of hard work you spend on that scholarship doesn’t mean that you will receive it. There are many others that have applied to the same scholarship and could be chosen instead. 

Just like Martia, there are many other students fighting for every scholarship and working jobs after school to save up money for college. Many high school students go straight from school to work which can be very challenging when you get done at 10 pm and then have homework to do as well. It can be a lot for a student but is something they have to do if they want to be able to pay for their education after high school. 

Being a high school senior can be very overwhelming because you not only have school and the homework from that, but you also have scholarships to fill out and essays to type for them. You could also have sports and even possibly on the weekends and maybe you even have a job after school or on the weekends. However, even after all of that, these high school seniors still prioritize and make time for scholarships and planning for the cost of their tuition for college.