Hello! My name is Lana Hawkins from Ann Arbor, MI and welcome to Mom Pays For College, a site about going to and paying for college.
I am a mom of three smart, promising kids, one in college, one in high school and the other in grade school.
My oldest in in college and has obtained a really nice scholarship to a private college due to her great academic achievement and interests. Her academic talent got her accepted to a great private college. And then she received a prestigious scholarship based on her special talents and interests.
When I was younger my parents were not as emphatic or supportive as I am with my kids about me attending college. They didn’t know that much about it because back then probably most people didn’t go to college, just some.
I obtained my Bachelors Degree in Engineering after trying several other paths. I was fortunate enough to be able to get some student loans (very few), join the co-op program and find employers that paid for my tuition. Working and going to school was challenging but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.
I never had a typical “college experience” or met lots of people from school because I was either working, studying or going to class. I must have liked that lifestyle because I got a Masters Degree while working and going to school, plus I had a kid by then too.
Things are different today. I highly encourage everyone to pursue a college education and try not to get into too much debt along the way. You don’t want to pay back a loan for 20 years after you graduate.
Hopefully you will find some useful information on this site you can use in your search for paying for college for you or your kids.