How to Make $1000 in 4 Years

This week we have talked about money.  Many students come to college to get an education so they can earn more money.  The US Census reports that someone with a high school diploma will earn 1.2 million over their lifetime, but getting a college degree will boost your lifetime earning power to 2.3 million.  Getting a college degree pays.


Here in Texas getting your college degree in 4 years also pays.  Did you know that if you complete your degree in 4 years and you do not attempt more than 3 hours more than what your degree requires will earn you $1000.  Just by going to class, studying, getting good grades and graduating you can get money!

How can YOU earn this $1000 rebate for graduating on time?  I am going to give you some tips to help you earn $1000 in 4 years.

1.  Focus on Core Curriculum requirements your first year.  If you take courses that fulfill your core curriculum then you will not risk being over the credit limit if you change majors.

2.  Meet with your academic advisor every semester.  They can help you pick core classes that meet the requirements for your intended major or majors of interest.

3.  Always have a back up plan.  You could have planned the perfect schedule but when it is time to register one of the classes could be full.  Have a few classes in mind that you can take (and meet a requirement) if a class is full.

4.  Focus on courses that meet requirements and not on classes that meet your sleep schedule.  Yes, 8am classes are not the most popular among college students (sleep is), but making a schedule based on your sleep habits is likely to lead to not graduating on time.

5.  When it is time to apply for graduation make sure you are eligible to graduate (talk to your advisor), apply for graduation, sign and date the application for the tuition rebate and return to the Registrar.

If you are taking out student loans and you are eligible for the tuition rebate the university will send the check to one of your student loans (you can pick which one and I suggest picking the one that has the highest interest rate).

Did you know about the tuition rebate program before reading the blog?  Do you still have questions? Tell me in the comment section.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Lindsey Taflinger on October 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Great information! I was pleased to have this tuition rebate applied to my loans when I graduated! I also received a $1000 continuing student scholarship while I was still enrolled as an undergrad. I didn’t even apply but I got a notice my senior year from Financial Aid and Scholarships stating that they had “extra scholarship money to disburse” so they created criteria (that included good grades… always important!) and gave $1000 to the students that met it! There are endless scholarship opportunities, you will not regret doing some research on what is available to you!


  2. Posted by Travers Swan on October 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I didn’t really know any of this, but I’m staring to do my research now. When I started applying to colleges, I also gathered scholarship information. I guess I shouldn’t stop.


  3. Posted by Stephanie Williams on October 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    i did know about this but its always good to revise some times too


  4. Posted by Katie Scarmardo on October 26, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I had a free last year that receieved the $1000 and it really has made a difference for him. He was able to go to Africa with that money and work with underpriveliged communities with a traveling group (something he had talked about doing his whole college career). so it really can pay off if you plan well and do the research.


  5. Posted by Katie Scarmardo on October 26, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    sorry, meant friend (not free) that receieved the $1000.


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