(Closed) How did you survive financially during college?

posted 11 years ago in Money
Post # 59
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I lived at home for the first three years and worked on-campus jobs–it was FWS, so my income wasn’t taxed. I also received a living stipend each semester because I was considered a low-income student (which I was–my family doesn’t have a ton of money and I sure as hell didn’t either). Grants and loans covered the rest.

Post # 60
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I went to the University of Nebraska. I think now it is is a little harder to do this, but back in the day, I would scalp my student section tickets to the football games to the fans. During football season that was an extra $30-50 a week during home games. basically I worked my ass off at two jobs over the summer and saved every penny. I also had a grant that paid for my books, and last but not least, student loans. If you can avoid student loans, please do! It seriously took me over 20 years to pay them off. You would think I had gone to Harvard or something, with what I ended up paying in the end, with interest. Mainly, i lived on campus, so I didn’t need a car. I had a meal plan as part of my dorm agreement, so I didn’t need to worry about meals. I goodwilled for clothes. I stayed away from drinking and drugs.


One thing you might look into, is finding a job at the college. I know many colleges give free or reduced tuition to employees. I have a friend right now who works for the University of Nebraska, and is receiving free tuition and is working on his PHd. Once he is done, he hopes to move from his clerical/admin position right into a teaching position at the university. Even janitorial and office staff can qualify for tuition at many colleges. It is worth looking in to.

Post # 61
211 posts
Helper bee

I have been working since I graduated from high school.  I worked 32hr/wk while being full time student and being head of household of 4 (dad, sister, and brother).  

Babysitting, tutoring, pet sitting… I got grants, scholarships, loans.  

My crazy budgeting and responsible spending was one of thing that attracted my now husband.  

Throughout my undergrad year, I wished nothing but just go to school.  While I was in my grad school, my now husband offered me to go to school full time and he will support me 100% finacially.  It was very nice offer but it didn’t feel right.  I gave up both Sat and Sun for two years while I was in my grad school.  

I know some “donated” platelets and eggs.  

It is hard, but don’t give up on your study.  Good luck!!!

Post # 62
3025 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I worked 2 jobs and had the cheapest apartment possible. It SUCKED! I did 2 years at community college and 4 years at university just for a bachelors. but I made it ! LOL now I am getting my MBA but I have a real grown up job now…LOL

Post # 63
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@crayfish:  From personal experience…You can’t erase student loans without someone paying for them, but you can make special claims of hardship (basically your say-so) to get them differed, reorganized, etc.  All it took in my case was a phone call to put off that 6 month rule.  They are much more flexible to work w/ you than, say, your mortgage holder.  There is nothing to reposesses if they wreck you financially, so it’s in their interest to work with you so that you can pay back the loans.

Post # 64
4107 posts
Honey bee

i got loans, scholarships and worked part time jobs (in my field).  the part time jobs have slowed me from finishing, but without them , i could not have done it at all.

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