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Saving You Money: Finishing College On Time

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you're thinking about spending an additional year or two getting a degree: beware. It could cost you nearly $300 thousand dollars extra.

The Nerd Wallet findings factor in "real" costs as tuition and interest paid on student loans.

Opportunity costs are the lost wages and interest you would have earned on retirement investments.

Want to graduate in four years and save?

Carry a 15 credit hour course load each semester.

Be on time to register for classes. That way you get the courses you need.

Talk to an advisor and plan your career path.

Know the requirements of your degree and tailor your schedule towards that program.

If you plan to transfer before graduation, look for schools that honor your credits.

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