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Plan Well So You Can Graduate From University Debt-Free
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Taylor Fante didn't get a scholarship, she didn't qualify for financial aid, and her parents aren't paying all her tuition. Yet, she's on track to graduate from Ohio State University without any debt.

http://money.cnn.com/2016/05/25/pf/colle...-debt-free
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Fante is working her way through college. She's a cocktail waitress and bartender on the weekends, and she makes enough in tips to pay the $10,000 annual tuition.
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To hear Fante talk about it, you'd think it was easy. She still goes to school full-time, works at an unpaid internship, and although it does put some strain on her free time, she "definitely" still has a social life.
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But Fante is an outlier. Nearly 70% of college grads will leave school with some student debt, according to The Institute for College Access and Success. The average amount for those who graduated in 2014 was $28,950.
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And most full-time students cannot work their way through college, a report from UPenn's Institute for Research on Higher Education said. They'd have to work more than 35 hours a week to cover the cost of a public college, putting them at a higher risk for dropping out
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The idea that they can pull it off is a "quaint notion from an earlier era," wrote researcher Joni Finney.
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Fante does get some substantial financial support from her family. Her parents covered all her costs freshman year, and continue to pay for her $650 monthly rent. And her grandparents surprised her with money for one semester of tuition during her junior year.
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But covering five out of eight semesters herself -- at $5,000 each -- plus her groceries and utility bills is nothing to scoff at.
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Fante works at a hopping bar on campus where she puts in two nights a week, pulling in about $400 in tips each weekend. The gig is even more lucrative during the Buckeyes' football season when she'll work longer days, making as much as $1,000 between Friday and Saturday.
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Not every college student can land such a well-paying job that doesn't interfere with their class schedule. And Fante's job in itself doesn't cover everything. She and two other middle-class students told CNNMoney t
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