Fight Those Rising College Costs: Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Without Hurting Your GPA

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  • College is becoming more expensive by the year and, more than ever, is a basic requirement to land a good job once you graduate.

    When you look at the price tag of a good school, you may even think twice about going.

    But there are ways to help reduce the sticker shock.

    Taking gigs. Side hustling. Whatever you call it, there are plenty of ways out there to earn extra cash to help fight the rising costs of going to college. Sure, you’ll have to work and learn at the same time, but many of these are simple things you can do in your spare time that won’t hurt your grades and will earn you spending money or money to put away for when the school bill becomes due.

    Join a Rideshare Service

    Rideshare services like Uber are a fast-growing business trend that allows you to make money in your spare time. Depending on where you live, you can make as much as $30 per hour.

    All you have to do is sign up and pass requirements like being over 21 with a good driving record and a basic background check. Once you are accepted, you simply sign in to the app whenever you want to drive and wait for a request. You can either decline or accept the request, picking up and taking the rider to their destination if you accept. The riders can then rate your performance and keeping a high rating will allow you to keep working for the company.

    The only downside to this is that you need a car, so unless you already have one, you may need to weigh the pros and cons of buying one. There are also vehicle standards to work for rideshare companies, so do your research before joining.

    Sell Some Stuff

    Chances are, you have a lot of things that you never use anymore, either laying around your dorm or apartment, or in your room back home. Clothes, electronic equipment, DVDs and many other unused items can be sold online for cash.

    Websites like offer to buy all of your items at competitive prices. You can even sell old textbooks for more than your school’s bookstore will probably give you. All you have to do is round up the things you want to sell, visit the website, fill out a quick registration form and you can get a free quote. If you like the price they give you, you’ll print out a free shipping mailing code and send it in. You will usually get paid by check or PayPal the same day they receive you items.

    Online Surveys

    Believe it or not, there are many companies out there that pay people to take surveys, giving them insight into what their customers want and how satisfied they are. The best part is, you don’t even have to leave your room in order to start making money.

    Some survey sites like Swagbucks pay around three dollars a survey and offer rewards like gift cards as well. You have to be over 18 years old and have a computer and internet connection, but other than that, all you need is some spare time. Most surveys only take a few minutes to fill out and can range from product reviews to political opinions.

    Make sure you read reviews of survey sites before joining. While most of them are legitimate, some of them will make excuses and not pay you. Also, many of these sites will share your personal information like shopping and online habits, so that can make some people uncomfortable.


    Blogging is a great, creative way for you to make money on your own time. The best part is, if you end up creating a great blog with wide readership, you can actually make a living doing it rather than just making extra cash.

    By creating good content that people will enjoy reading, you will gain followers of your blog, and more followers, the more money you stand to make. You can sell space on your blog to advertisers, who will give you a small kickback every time someone visits your site, or clocks on the ad; naturally, the more readers you have, the more eyes will see those ads, which means more money for you. You can also use your blog to sell products, either things you make yourself or other do.

    Try some of these things to alleviate the costs of college.

    Jodie Rahman is a Mom raising 3 daughters on her own. Her eldest is at college and learning to stand on her own 2 feet financially. She writes about personal finance matters, sharing what works for her with others in need of help.

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