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Information about Cal State San Marcos student expenses, college scholarships, and student loan consolidation, to help you find money for college. The IRS suggests that parents maintain accurate financial statements, including tax forms and business records, for use when applying for student financial aid. Merit-based aid is a package of scholarships and grants awarded to students with special talents.

Federal Direct Student Loans, also known as Direct Loans, are funded by the US Treasury. Private student loans, however, are not guaranteed, and are offered directly to students by a commercial bank, employee credit union, or finance company. Student loans should be seen as 'the measure of last resort,' as this entails graduating with substantial debt. Student credit cards may seem like a good short-term solution, but the interest rates are high, and credit cards often carry an annual fee. If you do end up using credit cards to meet some expenses, pay off the outstanding balance in full every month. You can get a credit report online by submitting a student credit card application, whether you are approved or not.

Reduce Tuition Expenses via Online Courses

Cal State San Marcos pagenameFinishing college a year early reduces your overall tuition bill, while taking extra years to complete your degree compounds tuition expenses, and delays entry into the workforce. To accomplish this end, look for online courses that may be applied to your degree requirements. Although the cost of tuition is rising for most 4-year colleges and universities, community colleges and trade schools remain an affordable option for those looking to earn an associates degree. The average community college student graduates with only a few thousand dollars in debt, compared to bachelors degree graduates. Beyond the cost of college tuition, students will face an array of additional expenses. Taking on work-study or starting an online business may help.

Doing business online is a great option to supplement your income while still a student. By registering a domain name, pointing the name servers to your hosting company, then building an active website in HTML or via a WordPress template, you're in the game. Similar to magazine page layout, website design includes the fields of graphic design, copywriting, and search engine optimization (SEO). Success is governed by two factors, visitor traffic and online sales conversions. Technical training programs are a low-cost alternative to attending college, and you might end up earning a lot of money as a highly-skilled, technical consultant. Massive Open Online Courses are known as MOOCs, and offer a variety of learning platforms, utilizing cloud-based software and Google apps. Coursera, for example, is an online-learning software platform with millions of enrolled students around the world.

Online Tests - Free Practice!

This section offers practice tests in a variety of academic subject areas. Each of the following multiple-choice tests has 10 questions to work on. No sign-up required, just straight to the test.
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Other colleges near San Marcos, California:

Take a few moments to browse other colleges and universities near San Marcos. It's a good idea to compare all schools in the area, as well as consider taking some of your classes online, to save on tuition fees. By continuing your education, you can improve your salary prospects or train for a more interesting position. According to the Occupational Outlook Quarterly, from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates are twice as likely to find employment as those without a college degree in today's competitive job market. Further, it may be possible to receive degree credit via Advanced Placement exams, as well as through honors classes that you've taken.

Financial aid deadlines are typically scheduled well in advance of regular admission dates, so be sure to apply early. You may request free information from several different schools below, without making a commitment.

College GuidePhoneIn-state TuitionOut-of-state TuitionStudent Body SizeRequest Info
Palomar College
    San Marcos, CA
(760) 744-1150 $ (low) $$ very large Program Info
California Institute of Integral Studies
    San Francisco, CA
(415) 575-6100$$$$$$$$ small Program Info
Pasadena City College
    Pasadena, CA
(626) 585-7123 $ (low) $$ very large Program Info
Grossmont College
    El Cajon, CA
(619) 644-7000 $ (low) $$ very large Program Info
California State University East Bay
    Hayward, CA
(510) 885-3000 $$ $$$ very large Program Info
University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA
(213) 740-2311$$$$$$$$very large Program Info
La Sierra University
    Riverside, CA
(951) 785-2000$$$$$$$$ medium Program Info
Santa Barbara City College
    Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 965-0581 $ (low) $$ very large Program Info
Palo Alto University
    Palo Alto, CA
(800) 818-6136 $$$ $$$ small Program Info
Scripps College
    Claremont, CA
(909) 621-8149$$$$$$$$ small Program Info
Chapman University
    Orange, CA
(714) 997-6815$$$$$$$$ large Program Info

Scholarship Search, Government Grants

Peterson's scholarship search is good to check not only for college scholarships, but also for the extensive resources on the college application process. While local churches or temples may not have the funding to provide scholarships for all of their congregation, the organization's headquarters may have student scholarships available. Many non-profit organizations have founded scholarships for prospective students. Average students often ask whether there are any scholarships available to students who don't have a 4.0 GPA. In fact, there are many scholarships for average students, such as athletic scholarships, music scholarships, and need-based scholarships.

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Government scholarships and grants, combined with private scholarships, only account for a third of total college aid. Loans, earnings, and savings make up the remaining two thirds. In exchange for a service commitment, the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program provides you with money for college while you're in school. Full ROTC scholarships pay for almost all tuition, fees, and textbook costs for four years of college. Call 1-800-USA-ROTC Army for more information. The terms for private loans vary from lender to lender. A common suggestion is to shop around on all loan terms, not just the student loan interest rate. Please note that financial aid application deadlines are strictly enforced by the financial aid office. The official FAFSA website is and is free. Copycat websites mimic the FAFSA website, but are deliberately misleading. Further, a wealth of other financial aid forms are now available in PDF format online.

Nursing & Medical Job Listings

Earning a CNA degree (Certified Nursing Assistant) is the first step towards becoming a fully-qualified nurse. Most CNA programs can be completed within a few months, allowing you to join the workforce quickly. The next step in a nursing career is to become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) or LVN ( Licensed Vocational Nurse). These are year-long programs, in which you'll work under an RN distributing meds, treating wounds, and providing basic patient care.
Professional Careers
Each link lists current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
10 Year Salary
(up to)
Dental Hygienists$30,430$41,530
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers$36,090$68,520
EMT, Paramedics$29,390$65,280
Home Health Aides$30,100$57,030
Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN)$54,480$84,780
Massage Therapists$33,000$62,670
Medical Assistants$26,980$37,140
Medical Lab Technicians$30,550$59,260
Medical Records$29,140$45,260
Pharmacy Tech$30,180$46,600
Physical Therapist Assistants$41,410$56,220
Radiologic Technicians$52,110$77,160
Respiratory Therapy Technicians$39,860$56,220
Surgical Technologists$39,680$73,630
Veterinary Assistants$21,060$39,510

In order to become an RN (Registered Nurse), a bachelors degree in nursing is recommended. RN's command a greater salary, and are responsible for an enlarged scope of practice over LPNs and CNAs. Students will receive classroom instruction and clinical training in a hospital setting. A 4-year BSN program allows students to further specialize in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and mental health. After completing your nursing education, you must be licensed by the state in which you'll be practicing, given that state boards of nursing each have specific certification requirements.

Cal State San Marcos Map
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Phone: (760) 750-4000
Fax: (951) 343-4518

Cal State San Marcos Degree Courses
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Cal State San Marcos
333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

Phone: (760) 750-4000
Fax: (951) 343-4518
Fill out the form to request Cal State San Marcos course info.
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Skilled Careers
Current openings:
Starting Salary
(up to)
Architectural Drafting$43,900
Automotive Mechanics$36,070
Fashion Designers$27,540
Flight Attendants$56,150
Graphic Design$43,830
Interior Designers$48,000
Police Officers$48,410
Truck Drivers$31,520

Cal State San Marcos has a reputation for academics, allowing you to pursue the degree program that's right for you. Additionally, career placement services can help you to structure your job search after graduation. If you'd like to request course information, please use the inquiry form at the top of this page.

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