Undoubtedly, figuring out how you’re going to pay for university is probably one of the most important things you’ll have to figure out before going to university. But, the good news is that there are more financial resources available to students today than there have been in the past.

In particular, you’ll find that there are lots of scholarships & bursaries out there to help you fund most, if not all, of your higher education costs.  The secret is that not all scholarships go to the smartest person in your school because your volunteer and community work counts for a lot in the assessment process.  As well, there are a lot of bursaries out there which are given to students who are in financial need.  Again, they aren’t necessarily given to the most needy.  Instead, many bursaries target deserving students who have significant volunteer and community work under their belt.   So, you can probably guess what I’m saying here – the more you give to those in need and to your community, the more likely you are to get rewarded with free money from various scholarships and bursaries.   Check out your school’s financial aid website for more information on the various scholarships and bursaries program available.   As well, you can search various online scholarship databases such as scholarshipexperts.com to help you search for scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.

Finally, if you are getting a student loan, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read Reyna Gobel’s Graduation Debt: How to Manage Student Loans and Live Your Life (CliffsNotes).  This is a really good book which gives you very detailed information about the cost of paying for university, including all the hidden costs that you don’t know about.