Untraditional Methods to Raise Money for College

On average we spend 5.5 hours a day on Facebook & Twitter, why not use some of that time to find money for college?

By now, we all know that you can find money for college through traditional methods like pulling from a college fund readily available for you thanks to your parents, applying for Financial Aid or Student Loans or applying for (and winning) scholarships. What you might not know is that you can also earn money for college through some rather untraditional methods. For example, on average we spend 5.5 hours per day on Facebook and Twitter. Why not use some of that time to find money for college? Here are a few ideas to try:

Tweet your way to money for college. Have you ever thought to find scholarships through social media? Probably not, but it’s a great place to find out about awesome scholarships of which you might be unaware. In fact, 1 billion in scholarship dollars go un-awarded every year because students don’t apply! You can find money for college on Twitter and Facebook by performing a simple search. Type in words and phrases such as “scholarships,” “scholarship deadline,” “scholarship deadline http” and “scholarship pdf.” You will be surprised by how many scholarships you can find.

Spend some time on Google. You can also spend some time searching on Google to find scholarships. Simply type in a phrase like “‘scholarships’ ‘high school seniors’ ‘2011.’” Be sure to put each of those phrases in separate quotations to get the best search results.

Ask your friends and family. There are also a lot of great crowd sourcing sites where you can collect money from groups of people (such as relatives, friends, etc). Be sure to check out these sites:

Ask your family and friends to contribute to your college fund on one of these sites in lieu of a Christmas, birthday or graduation gift.

Put it in a tip jar. Finally, if the above methods don’t work for you, or you want to add an extra way to make money for college, you could try collecting tips specifically for your college fund at your place of employment. Put up a sign that reads, “College Kids – Help support our education with your tips” to entice customers to tip more than they would normally. Or you can ask your parents to collect money for your college education at their office by posting a sign next to a jar that says something like, “Candace’s College Fund.”

This post was provided by Felecia Hatcher, author of “The ‘C’ Students Guide to Scholarships,” who was a guest on College Smart Radio on November 10th, 2012.

About Felecia Hatcher

Felecia Hatcher started high school with a 4.0 G.P.A. but after gaining interests in sports and boys, her G.P.A. dwindled to at 2.1. Felecia’s advisor told her that she would never get into the university she wanted because of her grades and to start looking into a community college or trade school. But Felecia’s persistence and focus didn’t let those words stop her from getting into the university she wanted and winning money to pay for her education. She picked up every application at her high school guidance office and applied for as many as she could, and the night of her Senior Awards ceremony she was delighted to find out that she won over $120,000 in scholarships and grants.

Today, Felicia is an author of 2 books, “The ‘C’ Students Guide to Scholarships” & “How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget.” She is also the Co-Owner of Feverish Ice Cream, a fleet of ec0-friendly ice cream trucks and carts. Her advice to young people is to stick to their guns and stay focused because with a little time and effort they can make their dreams come true.

Listen to this broadcast on YouTube: Part 1Part 2.

Photo Credit: MDGovpics

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