There are few things more arduous –– and ultimately rewarding –– than attaining a degree in the medical field. Still, even the most dedicated medical students will likely run into financial issues at some point during their stay in college. What with tuition, housing, lab fees, and textbooks, a student’s typically meager budget has to stretch quite a long way over (potentially) eight years! So, in order to help alleviate the financial crunch medical students often feel, here are five ways to save (and make) money during college:
Sure, there are usually a few big scholarships that most students apply for. However, many times you can find more obscure scholarship opportunities within your community –– or simply online. Though they might not make much of an impact –– $1,000 here, $2,500 there –– every little bit helps. Apply for enough of these lesser-known scholarships and you’ll likely find your financial situation easier to manage.
Take Free Stuff
No, don’t steal anything. Alternatively, take advantage of opportunities to cut down on expenses by accepting free stuff. Rather than furnishing your apartment with brand-new couches and beds, consider repurposing a friend’s old unwanted sofa, for instance. And always be on the lookout for free-meal deals around your university’s campus. Odds are, there are more free slices of pizza on offer than you might’ve thought at first.
Would you be psyched to study intestinal bacteria underneath a high-powered microscope? Does the prospect of using a vanishpoint blood collection set excite you? For most medical students, the answer to both is an emphatic, yes! Fortunately, you can gain real-world experience, college credit, or (sometimes) cold hard cash by joining up with an internship program in your area. Plus, it will help you make solid connections with professionals in your industry.
You should keep an eye out for any classes that don’t require a pricey textbook. Furthermore, the best medical schools will likely offer a myriad of online courses that –– if you plan them correctly –– could enable you to free up more time in your schedule for money-saving activities.
Ask For Help
It’s tempting to try and do everything in college on your own. After all, for many students, college is their first taste of true autonomy. Still, it’s important to remember that no one got anywhere in life without a little help first. Applying for financial aid and accepting gifts/loans from loved ones isn’t something you should feel shame about. Instead, you should work harder in school to reward those who have such faith in you.