How To Make Money in College

Content of the material

  1. On-Campus Jobs for College Students
  2. 1. Get a work-study job.
  3. 2. Tutor other students
  4. 3. Edit and proofread your peer’s papers.
  5. 4. Apply to be a residence advisor (RA).
  6. 5. Become a campus tour guide.
  7. 6. Apply to be a teaching assistant (TA).
  8. 7. Become a research assistant.
  9. 8. Work in a campus recreation center, gym, or pool.
  10. 9. Work in campus dining.
  11. Video
  12. Work as a part-time meat cutter
  13. 3. Take surveys online
  14. Side Gigs You Can Do Online
  15. Take Surveys
  16. Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk
  17. Turn Audio into Text
  18. Turn Text into Audio
  19. Consider Freelance Writing
  20. Become a Virtual Assistant
  21. Sell Your Stuff on eBay
  22. Be a local travel or tour guide
  23. Work
  24. 67. Babysitting
  25. 68. Become A Petsitter
  26. 69. House Sitting
  27. 70. Clean Houses
  28. 71. Do Catering On Weekends
  29. 72. Computer Repair
  30. Gain New Skills
  31. 92. Skillshare
  32. 93. Your Local Library
  33. Do Universities Make a Lot of Money?
  34. Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College
  35. 17. Start a blog or website.
  36. 18. Try your hand at video blogging.
  37. 19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses.
  38. 20. Do online design work.
  39. 21. Sell crafts on Etsy.
  40. Babysitting
  41. Donate Your Body (and Time) to Science
  42. Join a Drug Trial
  43. Sell Your Plasma/Sperm/Eggs
  44. Review Food Flavors
  45. Test Your Brain
  46. Fun Things
  47. 99. Share Your Opinion with Survey Junkie
  48. 100. Earn Cash Rewards with Drop
  49. 101. Panel App
  50. Sports and College Funding
  51. Get Paid to Watch Videos and Take Surveys Online
  52. Creative Ways to Make Money in College
  53. 15. Flip items for a profit.
  54. 16. Design and sell T-shirts (or leggings, phone cases, backpacks, and more).
  55. 17. Edit or proofread papers.
  56. 18. Offer resume coaching.
  57. 19. Sell your photos.
  58. 20. Start a YouTube channel.
  59. Join Us
  60. School-Related Work
  61. Take a Job at School
  62. Tutor Other Students
  63. Use Your Specializations to Help Other Students
  64. Assist a Professor or Department Head
  65. Help Out in the Athletic Department
  66. Summary
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On-Campus Jobs for College Students

1. Get a work-study job

When you submit your FAFSA, you may qualify for a work-study position on campus. The part-time job is funded through the government and is designed to give you time to work and get schoolwork done at the same time. Common gigs include working at the front desk of a dorm or administrative work in the student union building.

2. Tutor other students

Do you excel at a particular subject? Consider tutoring another student or one of your peers to make some extra money as a college student. Check with the employment office or a department head at your university, or even other local schools for opportunities. You can also sign up to become a tutor through sites like HelpHub, where you can set your own tutoring rate and terms.

Tip: Happy clients are the best sources of new business. After making successful connections, let them know you’re available for more work if they know anyone looking for a tutor.

3. Edit and proofread your peer’s papers

Editing and proofreading your peers’ papers is a good way to make some money in college. For many students, writing essays is one of the toughest things they do in college, particularly if English isn’t their first language. If you have strong writing skills, offer your services as an editor or proofreader to other students.

4. Apply to be a residence advisor (RA)

As a residence advisor, or an “RA”, you’ll provide emotional support and leadership to peers in your dorm. Your job is to create a positive living environment by promoting community involvement, educating fellow students about dorm policies, and ensuring maintenance issues are addressed promptly. In this role, you’ll also gain important leadership skills that will serve you well in your future career. In most cases, your room and board will be free!

5. Become a campus tour guide

If you’re outgoing, love to meet new people, and are passionate about your school, then consider becoming a campus tour guide. You’ll get to show prospective students around campus and tell them what you love about the school.

Admissions officers also often need extra help with fielding queries from students and their families. This is a great way to share your experience with other students looking to follow in your footsteps.

6. Apply to be a teaching assistant (TA)

Although some schools reserve teaching assistant (TA) jobs for graduate students, some universities offer select teaching assistant positions to undergraduate students in their junior or senior year. Teaching assistants work with students, grade papers, monitor exams, and tests, and sometimes teach classes.

7. Become a research assistant

If you’ve already earned your undergraduate degree, you may want to think about research assistant positions. This typically involves collecting data in a lab for a professor, which is a great way to make more money and potentially receive additional college credits. Talk to your professor and advisor to learn about opportunities.

8. Work in a campus recreation center, gym, or pool

Most universities have a recreation center where they hire students to be part of their staff. If you love fitness, this is a great place to work and earn money in college. At campus rec centers you can: teach fitness classes, clean the gym equipment and studios, work the gym front desk, be a lifeguard at the pool, and more!

9. Work in campus dining

If you have a passion for food, this is the place to work (and make money!) on-campus. Campus dining jobs may range from restocking food prep stations to putting together a sandwich. Training for this position includes proper food handling and understanding local health codes.

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Work as a part-time meat cutter

Even without a considerable experience in this job, you can apply as a meat cutter. There are many job postings online that are hiring. Your task would involve you cutting meats into portions and organizing different meat cutlets and varieties.

3. Take surveys online

It’s easier than ever to earn some spare cash by taking surveys online. And the good news is there are tons of legit survey sites to help you earn some extra cash – especially when you have some downtime.

What’s involved? Most surveys take anywhere between 15-20 minutes up to an hour. And the majority of sites pay you in “points” which represent a dollar value. The key is building up your points so you can cash in the points for cash.

A word of caution though: not every survey site is equally reputable, nor as profitable as others. I can say that Swagbucks, MyPoints, and Fetch Rewards are good options to check out. The payout for each survey is typically only a few dollars, so the earning potential for these websites is fairly limited.

That said, it can be a great way to earn a little extra income in your spare time, whether you’re using the extra cash to pay rent or just for your pizza and beer fund. 

Side Gigs You Can Do Online

Don’t have a car? No problem. There are countless ways to make more money from the comfort of your dorm room:

Take Surveys

Although they won’t earn you a massive income, surveys are a great option for busy students with a few extra minutes to spare throughout the day. Survey sites like MyPoints, Swagbucks, and others offer small remuneration or gift cards in exchange for your opinions on various topics, whereas Nielsen Mobile Panel lets you participate in market research panels for decent chunks of change.

Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk

Utilize your human skills and spend spare time on Amazon Mechanical Turk, which pays workers small sums for completing tasks that AI can’t yet execute. As with surveys, these tasks won’t cover all of your monthly expenses, but any money is good money.

Turn Audio into Text

For those who type quickly and accurately and enjoy doing so, transcribing can be a great source of extra money. All sorts of industries are looking for people to transfer their audio files to text, so the work is never in short supply.

Turn Text into Audio

On the flip side, that impressive voice of yours could also score you some much-needed pocket change. You can narrate audiobooks, do voiceover work, or read text articles for various publications.

Consider Freelance Writing

Companies know content is king. Most pay a decent rate for blog posts on varying topics. If you’re interested in a specific subject, try to find websites that publish content similar to what you’d want to write about and reach out to them directly. Alternately, you can create profiles on sites like Upwork and Fiverr. 

Become a Virtual Assistant

Leverage your organizational and communication skills by helping busy people take care of the little things. Virtual assistants do everything from answering emails and managing social media accounts to scheduling appointments and booking travel. The best part? You guessed it — tasks can usually be done online.

Sell Your Stuff on eBay

Making money on eBay on your own schedule has never been easier. By selling your unused items (think clothing, video games, etc.) online at a fair price, you can earn cash with very little out-of-pocket costs.

Be a local travel or tour guide

The U.S. has a very active and vibrant tourism industry. You will find a lot of work opportunities to become a tour guide. Check job postings on ziprecruiter.com as they always have assignments for tour guides. Otherwise, if you wish to promote and advertise your tour guiding services, it is also useful to sell your services on social media platforms.

Work

Of course, you can always earn money by working. These are jobs that college students and young adults are well suited for given school schedules, summer vacations, and more.

67. Babysitting

If you’re responsible, babysitting is a great way to earn some extra money. The typical babysitter gets about $20 per hour. If you have friends and neighbors with kids, start asking them if they want to have a night out!

If you want to be “more reputable”, sign up on a site like Care.com.

68. Become A Petsitter

Along the same lines as babysitting, when people go out of town, they need someone to watch their pets. If you love animals, pet sitting can be a great way to earn some extra money and hang out with some furry friends.

Try signing up for Rover to get connected with people who need a pet sitter.

69. House Sitting

If you know someone is taking a vacation, offer to house sit for them. Nobody wants bad things to happen to their homes – from pipe leaks to burglaries. House sitting avoids this and also can be combined with pet sitting. It can be a lucrative gig if you have time on your hands.

You can also sign up on Care.com and see if you can get leads that way as well. People will value responsible students to house sit.

70. Clean Houses

Another great gig for college students is house cleaning. It takes several hours, but it can be done easily in college and requires no real experience. You can team up with an experienced cleaning company or look to run your own business.

You can also look at something new like Amazon Services, and list your service there.

71. Do Catering On Weekends

Catering companies are always looking for extra help because their schedules are so odd. Most catering companies have little work during the week, but need a large staff on the weekends. This works well for college students who are just looking to earn an extra few dollars.

If you don’t know where to find these gigs, check out Craigslist for Jobs or Gigs in your area.

72. Computer Repair

If you’re handy with a computer, helping people get their computers repaired is a great way to make extra money. Typically this will involve setting up software, checking for virus, and more.

See if a computer repair firm is hiring on ZipRecruiter.

Gain New Skills

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own,

If you don’t have a way to make money on your own, you need to learn some new skills. Here are a few of our favorite resources for doing so. All are free or cheap.

92. Skillshare

Once again, this isn’t exactly a way to make money directly. But to make money, you need to have the right skills. Skillshare is our favorite place to learn them. You can learn pretty much anything you can imagine, from drawing to design to woodworking. Check it out here to get 2 weeks free.

93. Your Local Library

Want to get a great education for free? The library is the place. You can get books that will teach you about any subject you want to learn, as well as access online learning databases like Lynda.com. And the librarians really would love to help you—just ask.

Do Universities Make a Lot of Money?

Some of them can depending on what they charge for tuition, how much they receive from federal or non-federal funding, and how profitable their athletic program proves to be. Generally, the larger and more well known a school is—or the more exclusive it is—the more money it stands to make through tuition and athletics.

Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College

17. Start a blog or website

Have something that you are passionate about and want to share with others? You can easily get a website domain for cheap and start your blogging journey. Bloggers get paid by promoting other brands and products, embedding advertisements onto their website, and producing sponsored content.

18. Try your hand at video blogging

Similar to creating a blog website, YouTube is another great way to share your stories and profit from it. YouTubers, or vloggers, make money by creating sponsored videos and allowing ads to be shown before or during their videos. It does take time to build up an audience and following to monetize your YouTube channel, but with effort and time, it could become a great side hustle to make extra money in college.

19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses

Don’t like the uncertainty behind starting your own blogging business? Consider becoming a freelance writer for other blogs and businesses. You will make money for the work that you produce. You also can set your schedule, which is essential for college students who also have classes to attend and school assignments to do.

20. Do online design work

Are you a creative design student? Consider becoming a freelance designer. You can express your creativity and make money at the same time doing online design work.

21. Sell crafts on Etsy

If you are a crafty person, consider selling your crafts on Etsy. You’ll incur a small listing fee of 20 cents for each item, but you can make back that money with each sale.

Babysitting

Parents will feel very comfortable with a responsible college student watching their child while they go out on a Saturday night. You could make 10-20 dollars an hour! Start by asking your professors and teaching assistants if they need help with their children. They may also have friends who need your services.

Donate Your Body (and Time) to Science

For those wondering how to make money in college in a less labor-intensive way, we recommend searching for opportunities in the medical sector:

Join a Drug Trial

Lots of companies turn to college campuses for willing research. Drug trials tend to pay well, and you might be able to participate in multiple trials throughout the year,.

Sell Your Plasma/Sperm/Eggs

With IVF treatment constantly improving and becoming more appealing, there is a steady need for healthy sperm and eggs. Compensation and restrictions vary by region, but it’s often a worthwhile avenue to consider. The same is true for plasma donation.

Review Food Flavors

If you attend school near a research institute that tests natural and artificial flavors for potential release, this could be a fun and interesting money-making avenue. Challenge your palate, try something unique, and get paid for your opinions? Sounds like a win-win.

Test Your Brain

Colleges and universities with psychology departments generally conduct a constant stream of experiments that require human subjects. In most cases, you’re compensated for your time and effort, and you might learn something cool about yourself.

Fun Things

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To finish this guide out, we wanted to include a few fun random things you can do to make money. You won’t get rich doing them, but if you have a bit of time to kill while waiting in line for something, they’re a way to monetize that time.

99. Share Your Opinion with Survey Junkie

Your high school English teacher may have told you that your opinion doesn’t matter without evidence to back it up. While that’s true for essays, it’s not the case at Survey Junkie. On this site, you can get paid to share what you think about a range of topics. Survey Junkie uses this information to help brands deliver better products and services.

In exchange for taking the time to share your response, you can earn points to redeem for gift cards to stores like Amazon or Target  (or even cash payouts via PayPal). Start getting paid to share your opinion.

100. Earn Cash Rewards with Drop

Link your credit or debit card to Drop, and you can start earning points for shopping at your favorite retailers or merchants. Examples include grocery shopping, restaurant spending, and using Uber.

101. Panel App

Panel is a way to earn rewards in exchange for taking surveys. Consider it a more convenient version of the online surveys we mentioned earlier. Rewards are typically gift cards or entrance into sweepstakes to win other prizes.

Sports and College Funding

Sports can be a big moneymaker for public and private colleges and universities. The typical revenue for athletic departments at public schools, for example, reached $125 million in 2018. Collectively, college sports bring in some $14 billion in revenue for schools annually.

Some of the most popular—and most profitable—sports for colleges and universities are men's football and men's basketball, followed by other men's sports and women's sports, respectively. In terms of how this money is spent, it's primarily distributed among student aid packages, facility and equipment upgrades, and coaches' salaries.

How much revenue a school can generate from sports can depend on how popular its teams are in the competitive landscape. An NCAA Division I school that has a sizable student body, thousands of alumni, and a long-standing rivalry with another Division I school, for example, may reap bigger revenues than a smaller private school that competes in a lower division.

Athletic revenues also depend on forces beyond a school’s control. The cancellation of the 2020 March Madness tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for instance, meant that the NCAA distributed just $246 million to Division I schools and conferences in 2020 compared to the $611 million distributed in 2019.

A 2021 rule change allows NCAA athletes to earn money from their names, images, and likenesses, though they're still prohibited from earning a salary to play while in school.

Get Paid to Watch Videos and Take Surveys Online

You’ve probably heard about taking online surveys in exchange for cash or gift cards. Some online marketers have other ways you can make extra money in college, and you can do it right from your dorm room or apartment. Sites such as InboxDollars will pay for your feedback to watch movie trailers, play video games, read marketing emails, and more.  

Creative Ways to Make Money in College

You probably won’t make a fortune on these ideas, but you can bring in some extra spending money while flexing your creative muscles.

15. Flip items for a profit

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If you love to find great deals on clothing, accessories, electronics, and other goods, flipping may be a fun way for you to make money in college. I have a friend who started a furniture flipping side hustle in college and still enjoys it as a nice side income today.

To find items you can flip for a profit, visit garage sales, discount stores, and consignment shops in your area. It takes practice to know what types of items are undervalued. Depending on what items you flip, you may need to learn a new skill in order to turn a profit on your purchases.

For example, you can often find used furniture at a good price on sites like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. With a little sanding, some paint, and a nice finish, you could turn an old wooden table into a beautiful new kitchen statement piece.

This side hustle is especially suitable for interior design majors or anyone who’s crafty or wants to learn new handyperson skills.

16. Design and sell T-shirts (or leggings, phone cases, backpacks, and more)

In the past, if you wanted to sell T-shirts, you would’ve had to create the design, find a printer, have them printed, advertise them, and deal with the hassle of fulfilling orders. Now there are websites like Teespring that do all the back-end work for you, so all you have to do is create a design and choose your selling price.

With Teespring, you use its software to create a design. Once you’re finished, Teespring will tell you the base cost for your product. You choose how much profit you want to make on each item, which determines the selling price.

Teespring offers marketing tools to help you make sales, but you can boost your earnings in a couple ways:

  1. Be creative with your design. Choose something that appeals to a specific person. For example, you can make funny T-shirts that only people in your major would relate to.
  2. Do your own advertising. Share your designs with friends and family on social media. If you have a following online (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, a blog, etc.), then share with your audience.

When someone buys your design, Teespring takes care of order fulfillment and customer service. You can request your payout within 24 to 48 hours after your order is sent to the buyer.

17. Edit or proofread papers

English, communications, or journalism majors may be especially well suited for this college side hustle. However, all you really need is solid grammar and writing skills.

If you or any of your friends are in a major that requires a lot of writing, start spreading the word around about your editing and proofreading services. Editing isn’t the same thing as rewriting. Make it clear that you’re offering feedback and notes, but you won’t be writing other people’s papers for them.

18. Offer resume coaching

When I was in college, I worked for the office for student affairs. One of the perks of my job was that the department would host free resume and career workshops for student employees. I attended a few and got really good at putting together resumes.

I offered to help some of my friends with their resumes for job applications, but I missed out on a prime opportunity to make money in college by offering paid resume coaching services to more people. If you’ve done your research and have the skills to put together a resume that wows potential employers, then don’t squander your gift like I did.

You can find clients by posting in school-related Facebook groups or hanging fliers in dining halls. But for a service like this, word of mouth can be the most powerful marketing.

Tell your friends to tell their friends that you’re helping people with resumes. With everyone applying for jobs and summer internships, spring is likely to be your busiest time of year. However, this side hustle has the potential to bring in a solid income year-round.

19. Sell your photos

Unless you’re a cinema or photography major, then selling photos might not sound like much of a resume builder. However, employers like to see hobbies and interests on your resume, especially for undergraduates. It can also give you some good talking points for your interview.

As long as you have a smartphone with a high-quality camera, you can start this side hustle without investing in any expensive equipment. If you want, you can order lenses for your phone on Amazon for less than $100. Practice taking pictures of landscapes, people (with their permission), or buildings.

Then submit them to one of the many sites that pay for original photography, like Shutterstock or Getty Images. You can also turn your images into art and sell them on Etsy. This probably won’t be your biggest money maker, but it can be a fun way to monetize an existing hobby.

20. Start a YouTube channel

Similar to blogging, making money with a YouTube channel isn’t typically a quick thing. You’ll need to create and publish videos consistently. But if you’re a cinematography or video production major, then creating YouTube videos could be a great way to practice your craft.

Eight-year-old Ryan Kaji, whose channel Ryan’s World has 22.9 million subscribers, earned $26 million in 2019 — up $4 million from his earnings in 2018, when he also gained the highest-earning YouTuber spot

— CNN Business (@CNNBusiness) December 26, 2019

In order to make money with this side hustle, you’ll need to do your research on hashtags and how to optimize your videos for search so people find them organically. Once you have enough views and followers, you can start monetizing your channel with ads.

Other monetization options are similar to blogging: add affiliate links to your video descriptions, create and sell your own products, or reach out to companies to see if they’d like to sponsor your content for a mention in your videos.

Related: 13 Legit Online Jobs for College Students

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School-Related Work

The best ways to make money may be right on campus – you just have to know where to look. A college is a business organization, and all organizations have jobs that need to be filled. And even apart from formal jobs, there may be opportunities to make some extra cash just helping out where there are specific needs.

Take a Job at School

Your college or university needs people to fill all kinds of jobs. It could be working in the cafeteria, providing cleaning services, maintaining the grounds, or any one of a number of jobs. It would have the advantage of keeping you on campus for work, rather than needing to go to a remote site.

Check with your school’s human resources department, or even get information from people who are already in those jobs. They can probably point you toward the person who does the hiring.

Tutor Other Students

Do you have a specific subject or two where you’re particularly strong? If so, you may be able to earn money tutoring other students who aren’t.

There are two ways you can approach this. You can see if there’s a formal tutoring program set up on campus. If so, you can sign up and get assignments as they come in.

But a more lucrative opportunity may be to offer your services directly to other students. You can do this by word-of-mouth, but it may be better to advertise your services in the campus newspaper, website or Facebook page. As an independent, you can easily make $25 to $50 per hour, particularly if your specializations are in more technical subjects, like math, science, and computer science.

Use Your Specializations to Help Other Students

You probably have certain skills many others don’t. For example, if you’re really good at designing presentations or providing graphic arts, you may be able to help other students with term papers and projects for a fee. If you’re fluid with computers, you may also be able to teach or troubleshoot the technology for other students.

Advertise your services in the school newspaper, website, or Facebook page. You can also market your services through your own social media. If you start getting referrals from existing customers, you’ll have plenty of income to keep your bank account full throughout your time at school.

Assist a Professor or Department Head

A professor or department head has all kinds of tasks that need to be performed. That includes everything from making copies, to creating audiovisual aids, or doing research.

Check with your professors and with the head of your major department and see what kind of opportunities there are. But also check any online school related media where faculty or administrators might be looking for people to perform certain tasks.

Help Out in the Athletic Department

You’re probably familiar with the concept of a bat boy/girl. But virtually all sports organizations have a need for a bat boy/girl equivalent, or even several. Maybe you’re not playing in any sports in college, but if you played in one or more sports in high school, you can become an equipment manager, or assist the coaching staff in some capacity.

Check with the athletic department or directly with specific teams to see what’s available. And while football and basketball may be the big money making sports in college, there are dozens of other less known teams at your school where fewer students will be signing up to help. Those might be your best opportunities.

Summary

While college is typically a time when students are on a strict budget, there are more ways than ever to make money while still in school. Even if you have a busy schedule full of classes, extracurricular activities, and social events, there are ways to make a little extra cash in your spare time. 

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