“How do I pay for college,” is a familiar question asked by college students I visit with. Aside from what you’ve heard and what is widely accepted, I’m not aware of new and unheard of ways to pay for college. Funding your education takes understanding your options, discipline, and often, help from others. Students who have developed academic and financial plans are more likely to be prepared for their college experience and graduate debt-free. There are four ways to pay for college.