(Closed) How did you survive financially during college?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Scholarships, grants, ridiculous budgeting, selling kittens.  I did not work (at least not for money, I did do volunteer work). 

Obviously this won’t work for everyone.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

My BFF babysits while going to school full time. Its barely enough to pay her bills, but she also helps me with my business so I pay her a little bit to help pay for the rest. She really struggles though…

I worked full time, and graduated after 8 years with my AA and BS. It did suck, but I wasn’t willing to work a part time unpredictable job to get done with school quicker.

Oh, and my sister goes to school full time and is also on the support team at Macy’s full time in the summer, part time in the school year, but she also still lives with my parents

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

@accorn: Selling kittens????

Post # 6
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Honey bee

I went to school full time and worked full time.

I worked at the college so I only paid taxes on the cost of the classes. I had no life for 2 years. I took night classes, saturday classes, summer classes, winter break intensives, a few online that were available. It sucked. But it worked. And because I wasnt making a lot of money (but did get free enducation) I wasnt making enough so I still bartended on Sundays.

You can do anything for a finite period of time.

In undergrad it was more traditional, I worked at CVS and school was paid for in part by my parensts and loans, but mostly it was grants and scholarships.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@MrsSl82be:

lolol!! my thoughts too! lol!

 

I worked in a nightclub as a bartender for 3-4 nights a week.  It was only 4-5 hours each shift and a few hundred bucks in cash in my pocket at the end of each night.

I slept in shifts.  Got home from school, studied, ate, slept, got up, showered, went to to work, got home, studied till I fell asleep, got up, showered went to school.. AADNNND repeat.

I was exhausted but it paid the bills. And on slow nights my manager let me study at the bar until it got busy.

Post # 8
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360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Waitressing/ Bartending, grants, and credit cards (Now I’m working on paying down the credit card debt.)

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MrsSl82be: In the past I bred and showed purebred persians…

I don’t bring it up very often because people think it’s weird.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Loan Money from the United States Giovernment and need based Scholarships from my country .  I love my college.  Thank you Bill Clinton for Pell Grants ans Stafford loans and thank you very rich alumni donors!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

Loans, grants, scholarships, and I worked part-time

Post # 11
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Honey bee

@Oneeleven: Oh yes! get sleep when you can.  I used to take my lunch hour to sleep in my car if I wasnt actually studying.  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Student loans, worked part-time (20-35 hrs a week), and lived in a crappy cheap apartment with roommates.

Post # 13
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685 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Grant, loan and worked a little for fun money.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I didn’t finish becuase of medical reasons, but when I was in school, I worked about 30 hours a week. It was really tough – I should mention it was Architecture school, so I slept about 4 hours a night. 

I don’t miss that time 🙂

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My husband and I both worked full-time (or more) and went to school full-time (or more).  My SIL chipped in on my husband’s education a little, but I completely funded my own, aside from some scholarships awarded by the college.

Have you considered looking for a different job?  I feel like some jobs are just better suited for college students than others.  Personally, I worked full-time at Starbucks for a couple years, and that was a great job.  I scheduled all my classes in the morning, and then I’d do the closing shift (3 – 11:30).  I was also an RA in the dorms for a while, and while I didn’t make much money, I got free housing and a free meal ticket.  Ummm, let’s see, I also worked as an office manager for a software engineering firm my senior year.  That was a great job because they let me do my homework at the receptionist desk when things were slow.  My husband had the same internship for three out of four years, and since he got to pick his schedule, he was able to work 40 hours a week and take 20+ credits a semester.

Some programs are just not conducive to balancing work and study, though, and if your program is like that, you might just have to take out loans to get through.

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