Posts by Julissa Treviño

Julissa Treviño is a writer and journalist based in Texas. Her work has appeared in BBC Future, CityLab, Columbia Journalism Review, The Dallas Morning News, Racked, Teen Vogue and other publications. She enjoys traveling, playing with makeup, biking and trying new food. Follow her @JulissaTrevino.
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Despite rising tuition costs, getting a college education is the best possible way to make a better living. On average, college graduates earn 56% more than those who only get a high school education, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute.

But post-college graduation, there tends to a rude awakening: Graduates today are saddled with an average of $37,172 of student loan debt, and it takes the average borrower 19.7 years to pay off their loans. 

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Military service members take extraordinary risks and make great sacrifices when they sign up to serve their countries. Oftentimes, spouses and families also make sacrifices along the way. Thankfully, there are many programs designed to pay back this service from dependents of military service members in the form of college scholarships.

If you're the child or dependent of a military service member and you're looking for a way to fill the financial gap in college tuition, check out the following scholarship opportunities.

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Everybody loves finding a $20 bill in their pocket, right? Usually, free money doesn't come that easy — especially when it comes to college money. 

Thankfully, there are some resources that can help you find scholarships, which you don't have to repay, to help pay for your education. Among them is Scholly, an easy-to-use paid app (subscription costs $2.99 a month) that connects students with scholarship opportunities. Here's what you need to know about this tool. 

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If the idea of taking on additional student loan debt has suggested you may be better off without earning a master's, it's time to reconsider. Some people have been able to get a master's degree for free, and you can, too.

Whether you've finished your undergraduate studies and are looking to take the next step or you're planning for long-term goals, there are several options that you should consider in your pursuit of a post-graduate degree.

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If you've never lived alone or with a roommate, it can be hard to figure out what kind of stuff you need your first time living away from home. And in particular, a dorm room situation is unique, not only because you'll probably be bunking with a stranger, but because you often have limited space and rules around what's allowed.

In this checklist, we're listing everything you'll need and want (and what you should leave at home) your first year in a dorm.

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Isn't college all about broadening your horizons? Studying abroad not only offers a cultural experience, but also an opportunity to take specialized courses not available elsewhere, to go deeper in your language studies, to build your resume, and to grow your network.

The good news: You can use your regular financial aid to help fund your study-abroad program. You may also be able to use funds from private student loans, but you'll need to work with your U.S.-based school to do so. 

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