How To Make Money in College — Without Getting a Job

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. 14. Become a freelance writer
  13. Work
  14. 67. Babysitting
  15. 68. Become A Petsitter
  16. 69. House Sitting
  17. 70. Clean Houses
  18. 71. Do Catering On Weekends
  19. 72. Computer Repair
  20. Entrepreneurial Ways to Make Money in College
  21. 17. Start a blog or website.
  22. 18. Try your hand at video blogging.
  23. 19. Be a freelance writer for blogs and businesses.
  24. 20. Do online design work.
  25. 21. Sell crafts on Etsy.
  26. 8. Get a paid internship
  27. Sell Your Old Stuff
  28. 85. Poshmark
  29. 86. Yard Sales
  30. 87. Plato’s Closet
  31. 88. Sell Your Textbooks
  32. Donate Your Body (and Time) to Science
  33. Join a Drug Trial
  34. Sell Your Plasma/Sperm/Eggs
  35. Review Food Flavors
  36. Test Your Brain
  37. On-Campus Jobs to Consider
  38. 21. Apply for work study.
  39. 22. Work as a teaching assistant (TA).
  40. 23. Become a resident assistant (RA).
  41. 24. Work at a dining hall.
  42. 25. Apply at the recreation or fitness center.
  43. 26. Work at an on-campus bookstore or library.
  44. 27. Become a brand ambassador.
  45. 28. Give campus tours.
  46. Become an Online tutor
  47. Babysitting
  48. Medical
  49. 94. Sell Plasma
  50. 95. Sell Hair
  51. 96. Sell Sperm or Eggs
  52. 97. Sell Your Poop
  53. 98. Be a Standardized Patient
  54. 3. House Sit:
  55. Join Us
  56. Side Gigs You Can Do Online
  57. Take Surveys
  58. Perform Tasks for Amazon Mechanical Turk
  59. Turn Audio into Text
  60. Turn Text into Audio
  61. Consider Freelance Writing
  62. Become a Virtual Assistant
  63. Sell Your Stuff on eBay
  64. 6. Social Marketing Research:
  65. Sell things you’re not using anymore
  66. Look into tutoring
  67. Related articles

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.


14. Become a freelance writer

If you ace all your English classes, you could make some serious money on the side as a freelance writer. Freelance writers typically write content for a company’s blog, website, emails, marketing materials, and more. If you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid to take a couple of lower-paying jobs to brush up your skills and build your portfolio. Then, you can apply for more work with companies and clients using your previous work samples. You can also find freelance writing jobs on platforms like Problogger and Upwork.


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

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 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.

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.

8. Get a paid internship

Internships are a valuable opportunity to develop work-related skills and launch your career. Not all internships are paid, so be sure to look for internships that offer compensation, not just college credit.

Internships are also a great time to make connections within the industry that you hope to pursue a career in. If there’s a company that you’d love to work for, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to them directly, even if they’re not currently hiring. Many small companies and startups are happy to work with interns, even if they don’t have established internship programs already set up. 

Sell Your Old Stuff

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You probably have all kinds of crap just lying around that you don’t even use. Why not clear out some space in your room or apartment while also making some extra cash? Below are a few of our favorite ways to make money selling stuff you don’t need or use.

85. Poshmark

Have fashionable clothing that you don’t wear? Sell it on Poshmark. Poshmark is an app that connects buyers looking for great deals on quality clothing with people who want to sell it. While the app markets itself toward women, you can also use the app to buy and sell men’s clothing.

86. Yard Sales

Yard sales are a time-honored way of selling the stuff you don’t need, all while meeting some interesting characters (if your yard sales are anything like the ones I’ve been part of).

If you live in a dorm or apartment and don’t have a yard, you can sign up to be part of a larger yard sale at a community center or church (or just ask a homeowner you know if they’d be willing to let you use their yard in exchange for selling some of their stuff).

87. Plato’s Closet

This is another option for selling clothes that you don’t want. Unlike Poshmark, Plato’s Closet has physical stores where you sell your clothes on consignment. The clothing you can sell is “gently used clothing for teens and twenty-something boys and girls.” Visit the company’s website to find a local store.

88. Sell Your Textbooks

As a College Info Geek reader, we know you didn’t pay much for your books because you followed our guide to finding cheap textbooks. Still, you might as well make some money selling these books back to the campus bookstore or even to Amazon.

As much as you might think you’ll crack open that calculus textbook 20 years from now, it’s unlikely (you can just look it up on the internet, anyway).

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.

On-Campus Jobs to Consider

There are plenty of opportunities to make money in college without leaving campus. You can typically find these jobs online through your school’s student job portal. If you don’t know where to find it, Google “[YOUR SCHOOL NAME] student jobs”.

21. Apply for work study

Work-study is a federal program that provides jobs for students with a financial need.

To apply for it, you’ll need to fill out the FAFSA and select the box that states you’re interested in a work-study position. If you land one, your college will include it as part of your financial aid package. Whether or not you qualify will depend on the number of available positions, your financial need, and other financial aid you qualify for.

22. Work as a teaching assistant (TA)

As a TA, you’ll perform many of the same tasks professors do. You may help students in labs, grade papers, perform research, and even teach lower-level classes.

Your school and the professors will determine the requirements necessary to become a TA. In most cases, however, you’ll be asked to submit copies of your transcripts and letters of recommendation.

While some colleges only offer TA positions to graduate students, others make them available to undergraduates in their junior or senior years as well.

23. Become a resident assistant (RA)

An RA is an upperclassman who serves as a resource to college students who live in dorms and residence halls.

If you become an RA, you’ll be responsible for enforcing the rules and policies of the resident life department, conducting regular room checks, holding meetings with residents, and checking in visitors. In exchange for your services, you may receive free or discounted room and board and/or stipends or hourly pay.

24. Work at a dining hall

There are a variety of jobs available in college dining halls. You could work as a cashier, caterer, dishwasher, or food preparer.

It’s not the most glamorous job, but it could save money on food costs if you’re able to enjoy the occasional free meals or snacks. If you’re looking for a way to reduce your on-campus living expenses, a dining hall position may make sense.

25. Apply at the recreation or fitness center

If your college has a large recreation or fitness center on campus, it likely has openings for jobs like a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, or recreation assistant. These are some of the most fun and rewarding on-campus jobs, especially if you get to be involved with a sport or activity you love.

If you’re not interested in physical activities, there may also be opportunities in areas like member services, marketing, and event planning.

26. Work at an on-campus bookstore or library

On-campus libraries or shops can be a good option if you’re looking for a job that allows you to study during downtime. You’ll probably earn minimum wage, or close to it, but these positions are fairly low-key.

You may need to help other students find books, check people out, and restock shelves, but when things get quiet, you can work on assignments and get paid to do homework.

27. Become a brand ambassador

Big brands often hire students to promote them on college campuses. If you’re passionate about a particular product or brand, you could make an extra income as a brand ambassador.

Check out this awesome step-by-step guide by @thisonlineworld, showing how he was able to make money with paid advertising in college. Definitely a worthy read!

— Wallet Wise Guy (@WalletWiseGuy) November 19, 2019

Some brands require their ambassadors to perform college outreach where they try to convince students to purchase a certain product. Others ask them to hand out free merchandise at football games and other on-campus events.

As a brand ambassador, you’ll gain valuable marketing experience that looks great on a resume, especially if you want to work in marketing in the future.

28. Give campus tours

If you have an outgoing personality and love your college, a campus tour guide job can be a good option.

Your main responsibility will be to show prospective students and their families around campus. You’ll get to share your experience with up-and-coming freshmen and help them decide if your school is a good fit. This may be a seasonal job with more opportunities to work during the warmer seasons. If you need a consistent income throughout the semester, you may want to combine it with another part-time gig.

Related: 25 Online Jobs That Are Legitimate, Easy, and Flexible

Become an Online tutor

Work as a tutor from the comfort of your dorm room or apartment to make extra money for college. Online tutoring services will connect you with other students in need of academic assistance. Thanks to the internet, a math major in Maryland can get paid to tutor a high school student in North Carolina who’s struggling with algebra.


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.


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A more accurate title for this section would be “selling your body,” since not all of these cases are strictly related to medicine. But that seemed like it would give the wrong idea.

Here are some ways to make money selling parts or byproducts of something everybody has (unless you’re a ghost reading this, in which case I apologize).

94. Sell Plasma

This is the classic college kid gig, but it’s perfectly legitimate. You go to a local center (research it online first to make sure it’s not sketchy) and spend anywhere from 90 minutes to 2 hours as your blood is drawn from your body.

The blood is filtered to remove red blood cells and other cellular components. The company keeps the plasma, and they return what they’ve filtered out to your body along with a sterile saline solution.

You won’t get rich doing it, but as long as you’re in good health, you’re probably eligible.

95. Sell Hair

If selling your blood plasma seems too painful and creepy, then you can sell your hair (okay, it’s still a bit creepy, but no needles involved). Companies that make wigs out of human hair will pay for your locks, though the requirements are often pretty strict (no dyed hair and certain hair colors are preferred).

Don’t have any experience with this, but HairSellOn looks like a good place to start.

96. Sell Sperm or Eggs

Yes, you really can make money doing this. Sperm and eggs are needed for research purposes, as well as for fertility clinics. Selling either will be uncomfortable or even painful, but you can make serious money in certain cases (especially for egg donations). Note that requirements tend to be pretty strict (you can’t be infertile, for example). Learn more about sperm donation here and egg donation here.

(Note that we don’t have any experience or affiliation with these companies. Always do your own diligent research before selling parts of your body).

97. Sell Your Poop

Yep, we went there. I know it sounds hard to believe, but some people will pay for your poop. The uses include research on the human microbiome and treatment of C. diff infections, which can be cured using a stool transplant in extreme cases. To learn more, visit .

98. Be a Standardized Patient

If your university has a medical school, you could have the chance to make money portraying medical conditions for med students to practice identifying. Essentially, you’re a human practice patient. Don’t worry, no one is going to be performing surgery on you.

Generally, you just have to sit in a room and describe symptoms you have while a succession of medical students interviews you. It’s not the most exciting job (and can be a little awkward depending on the nature of the condition you’re portraying). But it pays. Visit your university’s medical school website (or the website of a local med school) to learn more.

3. House Sit:

There are plenty of people out there who like the peace of mind that their house is being taken care of while they are away, so why not put your feet up, catch a tan and water a plant or two while earning some good money. There are numerous websites that you can advertise your services such as Trusted House Sitters.

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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.

6. Social Marketing Research:

Put those hours you spend on Facebook and Twitter to good use and consider entering into the world of market research. Websites employ freelancers to assist with their social media marketing efforts. Click on the specific job site you are thinking of and head for their “marketing” or “media” section and send your CV now.

Sell things you’re not using anymore

A lot of people, myself included, are guilty of hoarding things, thinking that they might need it someday. You want the cold, hard truth? If you haven’t used something in over a year, you probably won’t use it a year later (at least, that’s what my mother used to say when she forced me to get rid of things).

When I came to university, I sold about 80% of the stuff I wasn’t using (on Kijiji) and donated everything that was left over. At the end of the day, I was left with a good amount of cash, I felt good about donating some of my things, and I had so much more closet space (for new things, let’s be real). So yes, while it can be hard to part ways with things you’ve had for a long time, it does provide an opportunity for new and exciting stuff to come your way!

Look into tutoring

Tutoring is definitely a quick way to make cash while doing a good deed by sharing your knowledge to help others! It’s rewarding monetarily, but it’ll also help solidify your own understanding of a topic, and it looks great on a résumé.

My younger sister tutors a group of Grade 4 kids in math twice a week, and it pays pretty well! She’s able to make a lot of quick cash while doing something she finds extremely easy. Doesn’t get much better than that!

All in all, there are a number of totally legal and legitimate ways out there to earn some extra cash quickly. You just need to be on the lookout for them! Other possibilities could include dog walking, babysitting, shovelling driveways and raking yards, mowing lawns, and so much more! Like I said, you may have to get a little creative, but at the end of the day, the opportunities are endless!


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