College can be cripplingly expensive for people and many people feel they are too poor to attend college, due to the tuition fees, living expenses, additional rent, travel costs and so on. Whilst there’s the option to get a student loan, many people don’t wish to get in such large amounts of debt at an early age, and often pass up on college out of financial necessity.
However, it is encouraging to see the many success stories of people that have embraced the paradigm of where there’s a will there’s a way, and have found a way to make it happen by scrimping and saving, doing odd jobs, or even setting up a side business in order to make ends meet through the college years.
The good news, today, however is that there are many online options that make studying a lot cheaper, more accessible, convenient and viable in terms of balancing family/work life with college. For instance, today you can pursue an online masters in nursing degree remotely. Studying online often means you will save a huge amount of money in terms of travel, accommodation and daily living expenses. They also tend to be cheaper with regard to tuition fees.
Whether you choose to study online or on-campus, this article looks at how to cope with the challenging cost of college, from a ‘making money to fund college’ perspective.
- SELL FREE ITEMS
Lots of people have items that are “free to a good home”. Presuming you have the means and manpower to come and pick them up you could then use eBay to sell them on.
However, if you do this in tandem with people putting requests in the ‘want to buy’ sections of newspapers and online listings, such as Craigslist this will be the most efficient and reliable way to ensure you are gathering items that you can sell on; after-all, you don’t want to have to rent out a storage unit just to put things nobody wants in storage.
- DONATE BLOOD PLASMA
There’s a limit to how much you can make doing this, as there is a restriction to how many times a week you can attend, but typically your time investment would be around three hours per week in order to make $250 to $350 per month.
Understandably, this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s a rewarding way to make money on the basis your blood plasma is necessary to help fuel life saving operations.
- ONLINE OPTIONS
Today, you can even make an income online by being paid to browse websites or answer online questionnaires. There are many ways to make money online that simply require an internet connection and a laptop. If you have creative skills in the area of web design, for instance, you could check out freelancer.com and get a variety of gigs direct from employers looking for freelance talent. You could even do some of these tasks whilst sitting through a boring lecture, as it’ll most likely just look like you’re taking extensive notes!
In summary, college can be challengingly expensive but where there’s a will there’s a way and with such a vast plethora of money making opportunities available today anything is possible.