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How to Make Money as a College Student

The reality is that it can be difficult for students to have a job while keeping up with their studies and social activities. However, earning money as a student in college can be beneficial to your financial health, both for today and tomorrow. Not only is the money helpful, but it also gives you a chance to build a budget and manage your own finances, critical skills for being financially secure throughout life. There are many opportunities to earn an income while still in college, and we have compiled opportunities to help you get started. 

Consider a Part-Time Job

The right part-time job can provide you a reliable income without sacrificing time for studying and socializing. Finding a part-time job on campus is a convenient option so you don’t have to worry about the commute and are more flexible to work with your student schedule. Another option is to find out if you qualify for the federal work-study program at your school, based on your FAFSA application.

On-campus job ideas:

  • Resident assistant
  • Campus café barista
  • Campus bookstore associate
  • IT assistant
  • Dining hall worker
  • Mail room assistant
  • Tutor
  • Assistant for a department office
  • Tour guide
  • Research assistant

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Off-Campus Job Opportunities

Ask upperclassmen what the best part-time jobs for students are. They may be able to point you in the right direction and even be willing to give you a referral. Though these jobs may not be as accommodating as those on campus, many businesses near colleges are open to hiring students:

  • Restaurants
  • Coffee Shops
  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Theaters

Remote Work

You can also look into remote part-time jobs that you can do from your dorm room. Online job opportunities for students could include:

  • Tutoring
  • Digital assistant
  • Translation work

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Alternative Options

If you can’t consistently work a part-time job, consider alternate ways to make money as a student, like a side hustle. Many of these opportunities can be managed through an app, offering a lot of flexibility. Meaning you can adjust your work schedule based on when you’re available. Some side hustles to choose from include:

  • Driving for a ride-share app
  • Pet sitting
  • Grocery delivery
  • House sitting
  • Food delivery

Manage Your Time Between Work and School

Some students need to work in order to live and support themselves in school, so those students need to work as much as will support them. But for those who have more flexibility, try to be realistic about how much work you can take on without sacrificing your schooling and other responsibilities. Consider reducing your work hours if your grades are being negatively affected.

While keeping your finances in line and building a strong foundation for the future is essential, you should be enjoying this time of your life. With these tips, you can find the way to make money as a college student that works best for you.


Sources & enhanced by Credit Union of Denver

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