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How to Earn Extra Cash In College

Last updated May 9, 2024

It’s no secret that there are lots of costs associated with attending college. From books and class fees to food and other general living expenses, costs can add up quickly for students. If you’re wondering how to make some extra money to pay for these things and save up in case of an emergency, we’re here to help. Here are some ways to earn extra cash in college!

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Find a job or internship

Many college students work part-time jobs or internships to pay for school and life necessities. Read our ultimate guide on finding jobs and internships in college to learn more about where to find them, what you’ll need to apply to them, and essential tips to rock your interviews and make a great impression on employers!

Get a work-study job

Work-study is a federal student aid program that provides students at participating colleges with part-time jobs. Eligibility for work-study is determined only by completing or renewing the FAFSA. On your FAFSA, you will be asked if you're interested in being considered for work-study. If you are, be sure to check "Yes." If your college participates in the work-study program, and you meet their eligibility requirements, you’ll see “Work-Study” listed on your financial aid award letter.

Note: Because work-study eligibility is determined by completing the FAFSA, undocumented students do not qualify for it.

Start a side hustle

Capitalize on what you do well outside of academics. Are you skilled at styling or cutting hair? Are you creative when it comes to decorating graduation caps? Can you make videos or take nice photos? Try turning these skills into a side hustle! Side hustles are great for students who don’t want the structure or schedule of a typical part-time job, want to be their own boss, or for those under the age of 18.

Looking for more ways to earn some extra money in college? Text #Jobs to 33-55-77 to chat with one of our job coaches. If you're using a mobile device, click here to have the text message set up for you!

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