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article imageOp-Ed: Three ways outgoing students can make the most of fall

By Valerie Benguiat     Oct 24, 2014 in Business
As fall rolls in, thousands of high school students from all over the US are getting ready for college application season.
College hopefuls tour the country visiting campus after campus, looking for the one that will have their hearts and minds for years to come. But college won't only have the students' hearts and minds. It will also take over their pockets and over their parents' savings.
SATs and GMATs are stressful, and writing essays that secure the coveted spot will represent many sleepless nights, but once the acceptance letter arrives, a whole new problem arises: how are you going to afford college?
Forbes' contributor Robert Farrington said: With the rising cost of a college education, more and more high school seniors are having a hard time figuring out how to pay for school. But with budget cuts and less charitable donations, organizations are offering these students less and less financial aid.
Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter says: The United States shares two dubious distinctions. It has the most expensive higher education in the world: $26,000 a year, on average. And the college graduation rates of America’s young are growing at nearly the slowest pace in the industrial world, the third from the bottom among 30 nations tracked by the O.E.C.D.
Parents have a whole array of saving methods with tax deductions, like the 529 Plan, from where to choose from, but as students, what can you do to secure some much needed pocket money before taking the next step?
Tutor other students
Once you're a senior, you have a whole lot of younger kids that want to get to where you are, so tutoring at school or even online is an easy way to earn some money. Just make sure you know what you're teaching about.
Promote events
Less of a bookworm and more of a party person? No problem, you can work promoting local events. Alayna, a student at Stetson University, touts event promotion as a great way to make cash over a single weekend. “Most jobs will pay $14 an hour or more for these types of events. The best events that worked out for me, for example, have been NASCAR events. Definitely search the internet for promotional jobs in your area.”
Sell your school books
You must have tons of books by now, and let's face it, you won't carry them to your college dorm room. Selling your books to your local library or in a garage sale won't get a lot of your money back. The best way to sell your used text books is through Sell Textbooks for Cash. It's really simple: Our search engine compares prices at all the online stores that buy textbooks to make sure you get the most possible cash for your textbooks when selling them. All you need to do is enter the ISBN of the textbook you wish to sell and we'll automatically go out and tell you how much each store is willing to pay for it.
Walking dogs, babysitting, taking surveys for cash, or getting a formal summer job, these are all ways to earn a bit of money before starting college. It'll take all your time — and funds! — but it'll be worth it.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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