While earning a college degree takes an immense amount of time and effort, there are still ways that you can earn income while earning your degree. There are options for earning income for full-time and part-time students. In addition, whether you are fresh out of high school or a nontraditional student, or you are attending an online university or a brick and mortar school, opportunities exist for you to earn income. The following list is just a few suggestions that you can utilize.
- Pursue a job. Or, if you already have a job, see if you can work out a schedule that will work for everyone. Even full-time students can work part-time if they have good time management skills. Online universities offer more flexibility for the working class, as classwork can be completed during non-working hours. It actually looks good to future employers if you had some sort of job while you attended college.
- Utilize Federal Work Study (FWS) if it is available. Many schools will offer a chance for students to gain experience, credit, and/or income through FWS. Essentially, students pursuing FWS will perform tasks for the university or a business affiliated with the university in return for the above benefits. It is a great way to not only gain experience in a professional environment, but also help benefit your community.
- Apply for scholarships. Scholarships are a source of income. They can help pay for tuition and other fees associated with college. For most scholarships, you receive the aid without having to pay it back. Obviously, you must maintain some type of success, whether it is academic, athletic, community-based, or other. There are many scholarships out there, and unfortunately most students do not take advantage of them.
Pursuing income at the same time as pursuing your degree is actually a very good idea. Not only can it help your financial situation, but future employers look for candidates who are well rounded and can balance numerous responsibilities at once. If you are interested in earning income while you are attending college, try one of the above suggestions.
By Ryan Laspina
Senior Specialist, Red Flags and External Reviews at APUS