College Visits on a Budget
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College Visits on a Budget

How To Get Free College Visits or Take Campus Tours Without Breaking the Bank
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What Will I Learn?
  • Visit colleges and universities at no cost - even schools in other states
  • Earn special scholarships and tuition discounts just for going on a college visit
  • Get reimbursed for travel costs incurred during a college visit, like hotel bills, air or train fare and even food bills!
  • Get direct funding from a school to do an all-expenses-paid trip for a college visit or tour
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  • No special requirements or prerequisites are needed prior to taking this course. Just come ready to learn and save money!

College visits and campus tours can cost families hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

There are expensive transportation costs to get to a school -- regardless of whether you fly, take a train or bus, or just drive your own car and need to fill up the gas tank. College road tours also often require hotel rooms, rental cars, parking fees and food bills. 

But you don't have to break the bank making long-distance college visits. In fact, you can get to see the college or university of your choice at no charge or at very little cost if you know the secrets to taking FREE college visits or getting generous financial aid from a campus -- just for going to visit the school. 

Many students and parents don't know that hundreds of colleges nationwide offer financial assistance to help families eliminate or greatly reduce the cost of college visits. This one-hour course tells you seven different strategies to take a college visit free of charge or at a very low cost that won't blow your budget. 

By watching the nine informative videos in this course, you'll learn how to save money and time when making college visits and going on college road tours at campuses all across America. 

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is most suitable for high school students entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades
  • This course will be very helpful to parents of college-bound teens who want to go visit public or private colleges and universities that are out of town or out of state
  • Teen mentors, including high school guidance counselors and others helping college-bound youth, will benefit from knowing the tips in this course
  • Anyone interested in saving money on college and pre-college costs will appreciate this course, especially students from low-to-moderate income families, minorities, and those who will be first-generation college students
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Curriculum For This Course
The Importance of College Visits & Campus Tours
1 Lecture 04:05

College tours are a crucial part of the college selection process and every college-bound student should go on a college visit if possible. But making trips to go see colleges in far away locations can be costly. Such trips can be made affordable by using seven different strategies that allow students to slash the cost of college visits - or even go on long-distance college tours at no cost. As explained in this video, taking a college tour or visit also gives a student a leg up in the college admissions process. 

Preview 04:05
7 Ways to Do Free or Low-Cost College Visits
8 Lectures 51:15

Virtual tours are a way to take free college visits. This lecture explains the two different kinds of virtual tours and how to do them to save money.

Virtual Tours

Online tours are another way to do college visits and learn about a campus at absolutely no cost. This video highlights where students and their parents can find and do a variety of online tours.

Online Tours

Regional fairs are a chance to connect in-person with college officials from all around the country at little to no cost. This video reveals a number of regional college fairs, including from Ivy League schools and other top colleges and universities in America.

Regional Fairs

A fly-in visit is an all expense paid trip to see a college or university. Did you know that many, many schools nationwide pay for students to visit? These campuses cover air fare, lodging, food and more. This lecture explains the details of a fly-in visit, how to get one, and also tells specific schools that offer these free trips.

Free Fly In Visits

Students and their parents can go on college visits in a group setting by using college tour companies that offer multi-day trips to see six or more colleges by bus. But should you do a group tour? And how does the cost compare to making a solo college visit on your own? This video shows you how to compare the cost of each option, as well as some other factors to take into consideration when deciding which is best for your family. 

Comparing the Costs of Group Vs Solo College Visits

A college road trip is best done with careful planning. This video offers numerous tips to save money, time and aggravation if you decide to drive, catch a bus or train, or fly to another state to do a college visit or campus tour. 

Planning Tips to Save Money and Time

It's a little known secret about college visits and college tours: but you can get reimbursed for your transportation and travel expenses to see a college or university that isn't in your local area. In fact, there are a host of financial perks that schools nationwide offer to students who visit from far away. These perks include reimbursements for airfare, train or bus tickets; hotel costs and food bills; tuition discounts and rebates; and even special scholarships -- all just for visiting a college or university, and knowing the rules to get financial credit for that visit.

Preview 06:41

This lecture summarizes the seven different ways students can go on college visits free of charge or at a greatly reduced rate. The video also previews additional forthcoming lectures on the topic of free and low-cost pre-college programs for teens.

Recap and Preview
About the Instructor
Lynnette Khalfani-Cox
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Money Coach and Media Coach, CEO of TheMoneyCoach

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach, is a personal finance expert, speaker, TV and radio personality, and the author of number books, including the New York Times bestseller Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom. Lynnette once had $100,000 in credit card debt, before paying it all off in three years and turning her financial life around. 

Since then, she has appeared on such national TV programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Steve Harvey, The Today Show, Dr. Phil, The Dr. Oz Show and Good Morning America, sharing her success story and teaching millions about proper money management. Her specialty topics are managing credit and debt wisely, saving money, and paying for college without student loans. 

An award-winning financial news journalist, and former Wall Street Journal reporter for CNBC, Lynnette has also been featured in top newspapers including the Washington Post, USA TODAY, and the New York Times, as well as magazines ranging from Forbes and Redbook to Black Enterprise and Time. 

Lynnette can frequently be seen as a guest commentator on CNN, FOX Business Network and MSNBC. She also utilizes her more than two decades of media experience to provide media coaching, media training and media consulting services to a range of experts, authors, executives and other individuals and organizations.