Working full-time and going to school can be done well, even though it’s difficult. The average college tuition for in-state public and private universities falls between $9,000 and $32,000 per year. This doesn’t include additional expenses like books, housing, and food. When you do the math, this means one of two options for students (assuming they are attending college shortly after high school): either somebody else pays (parents, grants, scholarships), or the student in question needs a job (and probably some loans too). There aren’t many ways around this equation, but holding down a full-time job and a full roster of courses can feel close to impossible. At some point, compromises may be necessary. If you’re facing this difficult challenge and you’re determined to graduate with a minimal debt load in under five years, keep these tips in mind.