Where to start from if you have great dreams for your college education but not so great financial resources? You can start with a scholarship search, of course. Scholarships and student grants are the first choice of ambitious and talented students who need financial support. In your scholarship search process, it is important to remember to choose those student grants which suit best your academic record or social background. For instance, there are scholarships and student grants offered only to students from specific countries (like Aga Khan Foundation Scholarships and WMF Empowerment Through Education Scholarships, dedicated to students from developing countries) or to students in a particular study area (like AACE International Competitive Scholarships and ExCEL Computing Scholarships, for computer science students). It is also recommended to start your scholarship search as soon as possible, so that you have enough time to prepare your application.

Students who are not able to secure a scholarship have other options too. Online college classes are, in most cases, just as valuable as traditional college classes and an online bachelor degree from an accredited online university is recognized by most employers. Online college classes have the advantage of flexibility (you can take them any time you wish,being able to have a job in the same time) and of lower costs. Usually, an online bachelor degree costs less than a traditional one. Many online universities also offer scholarships for students, so the costs become significantly lower. If you are not sure what to believe about online college classes, you can try to enroll to a distance learning program, outside of an online college degree program. You can find a distance learning program on many websites, many of them being free of charge. For instance, if you are interested in computer science, you can take a web development distance learning program and see how much you can learn from it. Then, you can decide if you want to pursue an online bachelor degree.