Choose a school that pays you
Focus on a single subject, and you could attend school for free. Schools such as the Webb Institute and the Curtis Institute of Music offer a select range of academic programs and pick up the tuition cost for every student.
"That's fine if you have no doubts about what you want to do," says author Gobel. "The worst scenario is graduating, realizing you don't want to do that and having to go back."
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