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20 unique ways to save money

Feb. 28, 2011, 11:25 a.m.
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Graduate sooner

By taking heavier course loads or attending school year-round, many students are graduating from college in three years, saving them thousands of dollars. Students may have to shell out more for additional courses, but they're saving a year of university fees and room and board costs — not to mention avoiding potential tuition hikes. Many universities are even offering special three-year college programs for driven students, which allows them to save about $10,000.