College is expensive. If you’re currently a high school student who’s planning on going to college, it would be a good idea to learn how to spend less in order to boost your savings. You’ve probably never considered virtual school as a cost-saving measure, but there are ways it could be cheaper to finish high school online instead of at a traditional school.
Choose to finish at James Madison High School, which is 100% online, and you’ll never have any expenses beyond your tuition (and your computer and internet connection, of course). Everything you need for your studies is included in an affordable, flat tuition rate that you can budget through customized monthly payments interest-free. You won’t pay extra for books, workbooks, DVDs, CDs, gym clothes, lab supplies, field trips, or anything else.
If the cost of an internet connection is a concern, many public spaces offer Wi-Fi access for free. From public libraries to fast food restaurants, internet access is available nearly everywhere and for almost 24 hours a day. Just don’t fall into the trap of buying $6 coffee drinks every time you’re studying.
If you don’t know where to access Wi-Fi, check out this article: Where to Find Free Wi-Fi in Any Neighborhood.
Finish high school online and you can schedule your education around a paying job. Students at traditional high schools generally have to find employers who are willing to deal with the limitations of school schedules. Those types of jobs often pay minimum wage, offer part-time hours, and require nights and weekends.
Switch up your schedule with the flexibility offered by JMHS and earning money won’t have to be such a struggle. Not only is it possible to complete your schoolwork faster at JMHS than at a traditional school, you can complete it at any time, on any day of the week. That opens your schedule for a weekday job with regular hours and better pay. Or, you could set your own pay rate and choose your own hours by working for yourself as a babysitter, dog walker, gardener... You could do almost anything!
Whether you go on to attend an online college or a traditional one, saving money now will pay off in less stress, stronger finances, and more freedom to enjoy your college experience later. So, cut those costs, finish high school online, and anticipate a better financial future.