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what is best way to get good money, work study or a job outside of campus?

Updated Chicago, Illinois

College is going to be hard enough but being in debt for the best of my life is going to be a big weight to have to carry for myself. So I want to know what would be the better solution to earn money faster to pay off my loans. #brokeproblems #financial-planning #student-debt #money-management

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Katie’s Answer


Hi Jocelyn! Good question! To be honest, there won't be a huge difference between on campus or off campus jobs assuming you are working part time. I did work study all four years of college in my campus dining hall. This job I started off like any other where I made minimum wage. Each year my salary was increased and I would sometimes receive bonuses. From my experience this was consistent with the outside job I had in high school. The only difference I could foresee is if you got a job where you would receive tips. Work-study jobs won't give you any tips so it would only be your weekly salary.

The pro to work-study jobs is that they understand that you are a student first and might be able to be more flexible when school conflicts arise. Also, my campus job helped me to quickly make friends at school and feel a part of the campus which you might not get at an off-campus job.

Hope this helps!

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