Kansas State University


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Ways to Make Money in College

1. Sell your plasma
Want to earn about $250? Well that’s how much you can make in total after 5 trips! Thereafter, it’s $20-$37 for each weekly trip. So if you aren’t afraid of needles, go for it! Go to www.cslplasma.com for more information from the Manhattan plasma donation center.

2. Sell stuff you don’t need
Do you have textbooks from a few semesters ago that aren’t doing you any good other than collecting dust? Make use of ecommerce sites like eBay, Amazon and Craigslist and sell them along with items such as gently used clothes, shoes and furniture. An alternative is to sell back books to Varneys Bookstore before finals week!

3. Participate in research studies and clinical trials
Are you comfortable with being asked questions and being studied by people in lab coats? Inquire about research studies being conducted by the many programs at K-State. A good place to start would be the Psychology Department that can be found in Bluemont Hall.

4. Get a part-time job
Make use of the Career and Employment Services website. It’s a great resource to find local jobs and internships. If you would like to make a little more than $7.25 an hour consider working for tips at a restaurant or bar.

5. Baby/pet-sit
If you have some time on your hands and you like pets or kids then this might be the right opportunity for you! These days, babysitters make upwards of $15 an hour. There are people who also need house sitters for when they take trips away from home, so ask around.

6. Take online surveys
Companies like Amazon and many others are in need of people to complete their surveys! You won’t make much but it does add up. Some surveys can be interesting and fun, too!

7. Recycle
If you support the Green Movement and you consistently recycle, why not get paid for it? Instead of using your campus-sponsored service visit your local recycling center and trade in your recyclables for some money.

You won’t become filthy rich with these tips but they are simple ways to have a little more $ in your pocket!

Gerald Mashange
Peer Counselor I
Powercat Financial Counseling

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