Nowadays, there are many options to make money between classes. For ways to make extra spending money with minimal effort, keep reading.
These are some of the highest-paying college gigs. They may take a little more effort, but you can earn more than any part-time job, and probably in less time. For some students, where a job is located makes all the difference (especially if you don’t have a car), so we have divided the jobs into two sections: On-Campus and Off-Campus Jobs.
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”.
- 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
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.
7. 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.
8. Off-Campus Job to Consider
If you have a car and would like a change of scenery from campus, you may want to get a regular part-time job.
9. Become a server.
No matter how big or small your college town is, there are likely restaurants in the area that hire college students. If you’re a people person and good at multitasking, you can make good tips as a server at a popular restaurant.
Most places pay an hourly rate plus tips, and you may be able to get discounts on meals. Many college students love to serve because they get to leave every shift with cash and don’t have to wait for a bi-weekly paycheck.
10. Work as a delivery driver for a restaurant.
Another option is to check local restaurants in your area for delivery driver positions. These jobs are fairly laid back. You get to deliver people’s orders while driving around in your car listening to music or your favorite podcasts.
The downside is that it puts a lot of wear on your car. If your car is already on the older side and requires regular maintenance already, then you might do more damage to it than what you earn in this position.
11. Be a barista.
If you have a penchant for caffeinated beverages, a barista position may be your perfect gig. You’ll get paid to learn how to make your favorite drinks and probably meet people who share your love of a good coffee.
The downside of is that you may have to work odd hours — either early in the morning or late into the night (yes, some coffee sh. If that doesn’t mess up your sleep or class schedule, then you can make solid tips and leave your shifts with cash in hand.
12. Work in retail.
If you don’t mind working nights and weekends, a retail job can be a good option. One of the biggest perks of working in retail is getting an employee discount. However, if you’re not careful, you could end up spending more money at your job than you make.
For this reason, it might be best to look for jobs with stores that don’t interest you. Less temptation to spend equals more of your paycheck that you get to keep.
13. Work at a before or after school program.
You can usually find these positions at daycares or elementary schools.
If you get a job at a before or after school program, you’ll be responsible for helping kids with homework, participating in fun activities like crafts or sports, and caring for them until it’s time for school or for their parents to pick them up. This is a particularly smart move if you’re an education major as it can help you qualify for a teaching position once you graduate.