6 Ways for College Students to Earn Extra Cash


For many students, college often means living frugally on a tight budget. After all, the term 'broke college student' certainly doesn't exist for no reason (ramen, anyone?)! In today's post, we'll highlight six solid ways for college students to earn some extra cash.

Moneymakers for College Students

Are you a college student looking for some ways to put extra money in your pocket? You're probably not alone. According to data from the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 academic year ranged from $3,570 for public two-year schools to $34,740 for private four-year institutions—and that's not including things like room and board, books, food and other day-to-day living expenses. Just imagine the real cost of college after figuring in all of those things!

Thankfully, there are some ways for college students to offset those expenses and earn a little extra cash. Although these ideas might require you to be a bit of an entrepreneur, none of them are overly difficult. Let's take a look.

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1. Care for Animals

If you happen to love animals and helping people, you should think about becoming a pet sitter or dog walker. Nowadays, many folks will pay responsible, trustworthy college students good money to care for or walk their beloved furry family members.

Whether you go to someone's house to sit for their pet or walk a few dogs three days a week after class, caring for animals (especially without the commitment of ownership) can be fun, rewarding and profitable. To find jobs and establish a client base, you may have to advertise your services online or via flyers posted in your area.

cheerful student walking a dog

2. Tutor Other Students

If you're one of those college students who knows their stuff, tutoring is another safe bet when it comes to earning extra cash. Many colleges have tutoring programs in place that connect tutors with tutees, or you can advertise your services elsewhere. The latter will allow you to reach out to and help students of all ages, rather than just your college peers (if you wish to do so).

college student tutoring

3. Drive People Around

Do you enjoy driving and meeting new people? Given how popular ride-share services have become, you might want to consider joining the bandwagon and becoming a driver if you are at least 21 years of age and have an eligible vehicle (among other requirements). Working for companies like Uber and Lyft can help you earn extra cash, and their flexibility is great for college students with busy schedules.

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4. Become a Personal Assistant

Let's face it: in today's hectic world, many people just don't have the time to do—or aren't able to do— everything that they need to do. So, why not become a personal assistant and help them out?

You'll likely be responsible for quick everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping and running errands. However, depending on your arrangement and offered services, you may even babysit children or take your clients to appointments. Whatever the case may be, personal assisting is a flexible way to make some extra dough while you're in college.

college student grocery shopping

5. Sell Stuff Online

In case you haven't noticed, the internet is the place to buy and sell these days, so take advantage! Whether you have some old stuff laying around or are really creative and make cool crafts, you can easily sell your stuff online to make some extra cash.

Apps such as Mercari allow you to sell the stuff packed away in your closet, while e-commerce websites like Etsy make it easy to sell handmade creations. Since this type of gig allows you to control your time commitment, you won't have to worry about it interfering with your busy college life.

happy student with computer

6. Find a Job on Campus

Last but not least, there's also the option of finding an on-campus job. Colleges are always in need of hardworking students to fill several types of positions on campus, ranging from admissions to the cafeteria to the bookstore and beyond.

While some college-based jobs fall under the work-study category, others are just regular paid positions. It's good to keep in mind that you may need to meet certain criteria to work on campus.

happy student in cafeteria

Weighing Your Options

As you can see, there are several solid options for earning some extra cash while you're a college student. Whether you try one or give them all a shot, you'll be happy to see that making money in college doesn't have to be super difficult.

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By Erin Riskey
August 2018
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