The first step is to decide what you want to go to college to pursue. Once you figure it out then you can choose the university or technical school that is appropriate for your goals . You don’t have to go to a great big fancy school to get your degree or certificate!
Apply for the school making sure to note you are in financial need. Once you are accepted, apply for financial aid and get to know the people who work in the financial aide office because it is important to know the rules and deadlines and these people will help you keep up with it if you do your part.
You can always get a school loan.
Apply for as many scholarships as possible. Available scholarships are usually listed on a schools website.
Since textbooks are so expensive, many professors put their class book on reserve at the library for their students to use if they are unable to afford their or copy.