College is filled with friends and adventures but it’s also filled with expenses. Pursuing higher education leaves a huge financial strain on many students. That’s why getting an on-campus job is desirable for many students that want to graduate free of student loan debt.
In most instances, starting college means paying for tuition, room and board, school supplies, transportation, and additional expenses. Like tuition, college expenses easily pile up and cause an overwhelming increase in the level of stress.
Like you, many students are looking for ways to pay for their bills while in school. Thankfully, most schools offer a wide variety of different job opportunities for those students who need a source of income.
Search for on-campus jobs
Most on-campus jobs offer a flexible work schedule, limited commuting, learning experience, and of course, extra cash.
The majority of schools use an online platform where you can search for jobs similar to LinkedIn. If your school doesn’t offer this option, consider asking for a job in person or talk to someone in the administration office.
Here’s a list of possible on-campus jobs that might be available at your school:
- Brand ambassador
- Bike shop mechanic
- Cafeteria worker
- Campus tour guide
- A cashier at any store
- Customer service in a book shop
- The front desk at the student recreation center
- Library assistant
- Marketing and sales intern
- Photographer at your school
- Research assistant
- Resident advisor
- The sales associate at a retail store
- Teacher assistant
On-campus jobs available are not limited by this list.
Each school has its own job availability. Be sure to let faculty/staff members know that you’re interested in working on campus.
Most schools pay minimum wage based on which state they’re located. The hourly pay begins at minimum wage and is dependent upon the skill or experience required for the job.
Meet eligibility requirement
To qualify for these jobs, you will need to meet all the eligibility requirements. Contact your school’s career service office to find out any required steps you must complete to be eligible for on-campus employment.
You need the authorization to work. As a result, most schools may ask for a Student Employment Card before starting your work assignment. If that’s the case, ask your school for further instructions.
Complete any additional steps
Some jobs require more training and steps than others. Therefore, be sure to ask for information for each job individually.
With tuition and college-related expenses any extra dollar matters. Many college students used part-time jobs to help pay for their bills. We encourage you to take advantage of all available job opportunities.
Consider Starting a Side Gig
Not into working on campus or can’t find a job opportunity? Another option for students who need a little extra cash is a freelance or consulting gig. If you have a special talent you can make money from, advertise your business with your friends.
You never know how that talent might help you make money until you try to market yourself.
No matter what, they’re are a lot of part-time jobs out there you can apply for to make some extra money. Any step towards a debt-free future is a good one.