Unusual Ways to Fund your College Years

For many students, paying for college can be a difficult and stressful task. However, you don’t need to be an heir to a fortune or have a healthy college fund at your disposal in order to finance your college career. While financial aid and scholarships can be a big help for those who qualify, they rarely put more than a minor dent in tuition costs and can still leave you in a considerable amount of debt come graduation.

However, before you get entirely discouraged, there are other options when it comes to funding college…

1. Consider selling the things that you have outgrown on Ebay. Not only can it make you some serious extra cash, but it will seriously de-clutter your dorm room!

2. Babysitting. Yes, it sounds juvenile, but in reality it can be a great gig for a college student. It’s relatively easy to do and if you baby-sit at night you can get in some valuable study time while the kids are asleep. Most parents are willing to pay more for an experienced and responsible college sitter than they would for a high school student. Also, unlike a regular job, baby-sitting offers a great deal of flexibility.

3. Pet or house sitting. While these gigs are not always easy to find, once you get them, they can be very lucrative. I paid for a considerable chunk of my college expenses by cat sitting for just one family. They had several cats and traveled a lot. I was paid very well and also had the advantage of trading in my dorm room for a luxurious home for several weeks every year. If you like animals, ask around to see if anyone knows of someone looking for a sitter or even post signs up around campus offering your services. You may not find something right away, but typically one job will eventually lead to another and you will find yourself making a lot of money for something that is very easy and even fun to do! Once again, this is a job that won’t get in the way of your studies.

4. Writing online. If you’re reading this, you might have already discovered the money making possibilities available online. Beware of the many scams out there, but if you do your research, you can find viable ways to make a little extra money online. Helium.com and Associatedcontent.com are both excellent sites to try that really do pay you for your work. If photography is more your style, there are many sites that will buy your photographs or pay you royalties for your work. Just remember to never, ever join any site that requires you to pay a fee!

5. Tutoring. If you have your own classes under control and enjoy teaching others, tutoring can be a great job for a college student. Many colleges have tutoring programs that will set you up with struggling students so that you don’t have to seek them out yourself. And, I hate to even say it, but I know a few people who have made a lot of money by actually doing other students’ homework for them. It may have started with their friends, but word spread quickly and eventually they were writing papers and completing projects for a wide range of students. Of course, this also means that you have to do above average work or you are going to have a lot of angry customers. And yes, this is immoral and could potentially get you in a lot of trouble, but it did pay well

While these options are obviously not going to fund your entire college career, you can make a considerable chunk of change. And, as any college student knows, every little bit helps! Also, they are all relatively easy and will not get in the way of your studies or your regular job. These are just a few ideas. Be creative or search the want ads for seasonal work. Always be on the lookout for money-making opportunities.