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If the idea of taking on additional student loan debt has suggested you may be better of 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.

Here are just a few legit ways to hack your way to a free master's degree, according to people who have done it. 

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Everyone knows that attending a public college or university on an in-state basis is one of the best ways to get a quality secondary education for a relatively reasonable price.

But if your dream school is a public school in another state, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck paying out-of-state tuition.

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The number of women attending college have increased steadily throughout the last several decades. However, once out of college, women in the United States still face a pay gap. They make about 80% of the salary of their male colleagues. Yet, they face the same college debt as male students, so paying for college after graduation is tough.

Many organizations and groups recognize the uphill battle female students face. With that in mind, here are 10 unique opportunities for women to get help in paying for college. 

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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, go deeper in your language studies, build your resume, and 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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If you're planning on taking out a loan to help pay for college, you may be wondering if a Direct PLUS Loan (also called the Parent PLUS Loan) is the way to go. Here, we'll tell you everything you need to know about Parent PLUS loans so you can decide if they're a good deal for you. We'll cover:

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A Parent PLUS Loan is a federal student loan offered by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Direct Loan Program. 

You may qualify for this loan if your dependent child is an undergraduate student and enrolled at least half-time in an eligible program. If you qualify, a line of credit goes directly to you, not your child. That means you are responsible for paying back the loan.

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