It is vital that you limit the amount you take out in student loans. You have large amounts of money easily available to you when you are attending college. You can get loans through the government sponsored programs both subsidized and unsubsidized. You can borrow a lot through private companies in addition to this. These loans come with higher interest rates and fees. You need to realize that you have to pay back every penny you borrow. Additionally you will have to pay interest on that money. This will limit what you can do with your money in the future. Carefully monitor your college spending – this is very important and to avoid some key mistakes. You can limit the amount you spend by choosing a college with lower tuition rates. There are excellent state schools that offer much lower in-state tuition costs. This will save you a significant amount of money. It is important to realize that your education is what you make of it, and there are few fields where it is necessary to have attended the most prestigious (and expensive) schools in the country. 

Don't borrow for college too much

To work while you are in school is another way that you can reduce the amount you borrow. You can work both during the school year and the summers. You may want to work more than one job in case you decide to only work during the summers. This will give you less time to spend the money that you earn and increase your saving power. Save a good percentage each month to help cover the cost of tuition and other college expenses. You may consider finding a job that will pay for you to attend college in addition to working. This is great because then you do not have to worry about tuition costs at all. Your employer will require that you work at the company for a set amount of time after you graduate. This may range from one to three years. They simply want the investment they made to pay off.  You may earn on the job experience in the field you are planning on working in addition to this. Budget your money and live like a student. Many students are spending like crazy while they are in college. You need to seriously check your spending habits in case you are borrowing student loans to help you go on weekly or even monthly shopping sprees. One of the greatest benefits of being a college student is the freedom that you have. Enjoy it, but limit your spending. You can have fun without going broke. Another way you can save money is to apply for scholarships and grants. Be active in doing this year. It is important to keep your grades up, because this can save you money in tuition costs. Apply for every scholarship you are eligible for each year. Even partial scholarships can save you money now and in the future.