Schooled On Saving Big: Educational Institutions Offer Options To Costly Services

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Do you have patience and a sense of adventure? If so, you can save big on vision treatment, dental care, legal services, massage therapy, acupuncture, hair care, income tax preparation, and more, right in your home town.

How? As students advance in their professional studies, they will need experience working with real-world clients and many schools offer these services to the public for deep discounts.

Students are overseen by their instructors, experts in their fields. You’ll receive highly-personalized care and service, but, in turn, expect most appointments to take much longer than usual.

For those serious about making the most of their money, credit counselors at ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions suggest investigating services offered by educational organizations in your area at low cost or without charge.

Dental Care

Los Angeles is home to two world-class dental schools, The University of California at Los Angeles and The University of Southern California, which offer great savings on treatment performed by medical students. Both accept dental insurance and offer much lower co-payments which is helpful to all, but especially those with no or insufficient dental insurance.

Braces, dentures, emergency services, crowns, root canals, wisdom teeth problems, and more, are offered for about half the price of dentists in private practice.

Dental schools across the country have similar medical centers.

Legal Services

While under the supervision of faculty members (licensed attorneys), second and third year law students are often required to participate in law clinics. Most of these programs serve those with low incomes and many have further specializations.

George Washington University in Washington, D.C., for instance, is home to several law clinics. In its Health RightsLaw Clinic, for example, advanced students advise, counsel and assist seniors with no-cost legal representation in association with their insurance’s denial of payment for hospital or home care and medical bills with collection agencies.

Other law schools around the country have similar programs.

Cosmetic Care

Check with local beauty, cosmetology, and hair care schools for low-cost services. Many offer free or low-cost haircuts, manicures, and facials.

St. Louis Academy, for instance, a Paul Mitchell partner school in St. Louis, Missouri, offers deals on cuts, color, perms, and conditioning treatments.  Paul Mitchell schools are located in 38 states.

Likewise, Vidal Sassoon’s Sassoon Academies in Santa Monica, San Francisco, Miami and Chicago offer cuts, highlighting, straightening, and the like under strict supervisor instruction. Free styling is given to a select few who are open to a big change and game for modeling in educational hair shows. You must call the Sassoon Academy in your area as these bargains are popular not publicized online.

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Keep it Local

You need not go to a big name, national school. Many local beauty schools, massage therapy schools, chiropractic schools, etc. offer similar instructional programs.

Finding teaching schools will take a little research. First, peruse the websites of schools in your area. Then try searching by service like, “dental,” “vision,” “haircut” along with “training” and your city’s name. Also ask your friends and relatives if they’ve taken advantage of any such programs.

First call the providers first to determine the price and length of appointments, and keep in mind that you may have to schedule in advance. If you’re a college student you might even receive additional discounts as many schools prioritize services for their students and offer them the best bargains.

These are some great ways to save on services, but if you need more help with your budget, consider talking to a counselor with ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions.

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