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20 of the Best Summer Jobs Geared for College Students

20 of the Best Summer Jobs Geared for College Students

Once that last final is completed, many students head home for a summer’s worth of fun along with the pressing need to find a summer job.  Whether earning money to help pay for tuition, housing, or living expenses, students need a summer job to make the most of their time out of the classroom.  On the other hand, there are many seasonal jobs and temporary positions that rely upon college students to fill their staffing needs.  College students looking for work should check out the following forms of employment to raise cash for college and to pay for their summer fun!


Picking up a waiter or waitressing job is a great way to make fast cash and meet people.  Be sure to check with places that have outdoor patios that are just opening for the season; these types of restaurants or bars typically need extra staff to wait on all the extra tables.  If you already have serving experience, check with some higher end establishments; they may need summer help and the tips tend to be better than at most chain restaurants.

Camp Counselor

Be sure to check for summer work at your local park district.  Most communities have park districts that hire college students to work their summer recreational camps.  Typically, the park district looks for college-age instructors that can teach arts and crafts, tumbling, or tennis.

Community Grounds Crew

Summer is prime time for most towns and college kids are always needed to mow the grass around the parks or other public properties.  College students often work for the town performing painting tasks or helping the regular maintenance staff with summer projects.

Landscape Crew

If you like to get hot, a job working for a landscape crew is just the thing.  It tends to be physical work, but most landscaping companies take on extra help for the summer season.  Landscape crews perform everything from mowing lawns to trimming trees to moving earth.

Pool Gal or Guy

Cleaning people’s pools is one way to get poolside over the summer.  Not terribly demanding and lucrative if you can round up enough pools, pool maintenance is a seasonal job that often relies on college students to see it accomplished.  Check with stores that sell pools or pool supplies to see if opportunities exist in your area.


If you live near a public pool or beach and have the proper certification, being a lifeguard is a rewarding experience that many college age students enjoy.  A responsible position, it is, nevertheless, fun to be near the sand and surf on those hot summer days.

Quiet in the Stacks

Libraries often run summer reading programs that rely on additional staff.  Libraries are usually looking for shelvers and would probably be open to supplying work to a willing college student on his or her breaks.

Going Old School

If you have a good relationship with your old high school or primary school, there may be work to be had.  Summer is a time for special projects and school districts regularly hire college students to help out in the office, assist the maintenance staff with projects like painting, or to manage younger students who are also working in some capacity over the summer.

Two Scoops or Three?

Specialty ice cream shops boom during the summer months.  College students can often find part time employment making banana splits and serving up hot fudge sundaes.  It might not pay for Harvard, but it is a great place to stay cool and make some extra cash.

Golf Caddy

If you enjoy working outdoors and getting a lot of sunshine and exercise, a job as a golf caddy is a great seasonal job.  Check with your local golf course or nearby country clubs to see if you can help out for the summer as a caddy or in some other working capacity.

Office Temp

Check with a temporary agency to gain office experience.  Since today’s college students are often equipped with great computer skills, there is a serious likelihood that finding a temporary office job will be easy—especially if you have access to a large city.  Running a copy machine and answering phones might not be a dream job, but some temp jobs are interesting and pay better than the fast food counters.


Ok—it may seem high school, but many families are prepared to pay more for a college student.  Lots of working parents rely on summer babysitters to help meet their childcare needs when the kids are out of school.  Check with your mom—she probably knows who needs a sitter!

Concert Venue

In many cities, concert venues are hot spots during the summer.  College students can often find work as parking attendants, ticket takers, or concession workers.  You’ll be busy, but you can still hear the music and meet lots of people.

Hold the Anchovies

Making pizza may not seem glamorous, but pizza places do lots of business, particularly during the summer months.  Finding kitchen work or as a delivery driver is often easy.  If the place likes you, they’ll often take you back on subsequent breaks, too.

Amusement Park

Seasonal amusement parks and water parks rely heavily on college staff to meet their staffing needs.  You might be running a merry-go-round or selling cotton candy, but you can certainly count on a pleasant environment and a steady pay check.

Local Hospital

If you’re planning for a healthcare career, it pays to check with local hospitals to see if they have any need for a seasonal employee.  College students are sometimes hired to transport patients, work in the cafeteria, or assist in one of the offices.

Fast Food Attendant

Fast food chains are always hiring and a college student, especially one with prior experience, may be a welcome addition to a busy counter.  It may not be a dream job, but it is a reliable way to earn money and gain work experience.


The mall isn’t for everyone, but if you want a job indoors, you’re likely to find something by submitting your application to any store with an opening.  Mall jobs usually involve cashiering, stocking, and performing basic customer service roles.  If you land a job at a fashion store, you may be allowed a discount when you shop!

Garden Center

Garden centers are popular places to find summer work.  As a seasonal venue, these establishments generally rely on seasonal workers.  You’ll get to know plants and probably need sun block, but you’ll meet people and earn a decent pay check.

Mail Room

If you want business experience, it doesn’t hurt to seek a summer job in a mailroom.  You’ll gain office experience and get to witness how businesses operate.  You may be living at the copy machine or making deliveries to other offices, but you’ll earn better pay than at many other seasonal venues.

These are just a few ideas to consider for summer employment.  Ask yourself where you’d like to work; fill out an application and don’t be afraid to go after that job.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

Today’s guest article is provided by Hayley Spencer on behalf of Hayley is a financial expert who offers advice and tips to students. We are pleased to have her contributions on

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College Housing – When Should You Buy vs Rent?

College Housing – When Should You Buy vs Rent?

Going to college is far more expensive today than it was even a decade ago. In addition to the well-publicized increase in tuition costs, the cost of college housing continues to skyrocket despite the overall poor health of the national housing market.

Rents everywhere have been climbing since the housing market crashed in the late 2000s, while home values have declined by anywhere from 10 to 50 percent since their peak in 2006, even in vibrant college towns. This overall decline has gutted the nation’s real estate market, and the collapse in demand for housing has forced interest rates on new mortgages to all-time lows. Buyers with good credit can walk into a bank and walk out a few minutes later with a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with an APR of under 4 percent.

Simply put, with historically high rent and low interest rates, the American housing market currently presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity both for first-time buyers and folks who in normal times would prefer to rent.

The average American’s rent is just shy of $700 per month. In college towns, where demand for rental housing is high, the cost of a four-bedroom house can easily exceed $2000 per month. That’s $500 per month for four tenants, none of whom are building an equity stake in their home.

The average cost of a home, meanwhile, is cheap and getting cheaper. In college neighborhoods, especially, the disconnect between rent and home values is such that houses are far cheaper than prevailing rents would indicate. Rather than throwing hundreds of dollars in rent out the window each month, wouldn’t it make more sense to purchase your own home and rent it out to your roommates?

To stimulate the market, many lenders have loosened their standards for first-time buyers. Assuming you have solid credit, you may be able to buy a home for as little as 5 or 10 percent down.

Say you find a four-bedroom home in a good area for $150,000, which is realistic in most college towns. With a 10 percent down payment of $15,000, your monthly mortgage payment at the prevailing 3.7 percent annual interest rate will be about $620 per month. Factoring in standard insurance costs and assuming an average property tax rate, your total monthly cost should around $900.

Let’s assume that you’ll need to buy a refrigerator, washer-dryer and dishwasher for your new home. If you buy all new appliances, this may set you back $2,500. Let’s also assume that your home needs some plumbing, flooring, and shingling work. Together, these might cost another $7,500.

Thus, for the first year, your total cost of ownership will be about $20,800. After that, your costs will drop precipitously, although as resident landlord you will be expected to fix any problems that arise. Conservatively, that added obligation might add $1,000 per year to your cost of ownership, bringing it to $11,800 per year. Over four years, then, your cost of ownership will total $56,200.

This sounds like a hefty sum until you remember your three roommates! If you charge $500 per month, plus utilities, you’ll take in $1,500 per month, $18,000 per year, and $72,000 over four years. And now that the housing market has bottomed in most areas, you can expect the value of your home to appreciate slightly during your college years.

Your real estate agent typically takes 6 percent of your closing costs, so if you wish to sell the house after graduation, you’ll need just a 1.5 percent annual growth rate to break even on your investment. Instead of throwing your rent money out the window, you may profit tremendously from your decision to buy a house during college!

About The Author

Today’s guest article is provided by Rachel Oda. She is a financial blogger who encourages students to think about buying a house during college to take advantage of the historically low interest rates. Ms. Oda crafted this article on behalf of the team at, who help home buyers find affordable mortgage products.

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The Technology Startup Industry Debate: Is a Degree Really Necessary?

The Technology Startup Industry Debate: Is a Degree Really Necessary?

Is a college degree a necessary requirement to land a job at a successful tech startup? According to some self-made tech entrepreneurs, education is a costly waste of time. Yet, opponents argue that the current landscape of technology demands a higher education degree, and most companies consider it a rite of passage.

The Premise

The ongoing argument received another level of notoriety when Peter Thiel, entrepreneur and investor, referred to higher education as the next big bubble. Thiel spearheaded a program that offered cash grants to young students to drop out of school and begin new projects.

Fuel for the Argument

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, and investor on the popular TV show Shark Tank, wrote a blog post that fueled Thiel’s thoughts and ignited a fire of controversy. Cuban likened the current state of higher education to the environment preceding the housing meltdown.

Cuban attributes the massive accumulation of student loan debt to easy borrowing. He explains that similar to how housing prices skyrocketed, education costs are rising since students can acquire education loans easily.

Cuban says, “Right now there is a never ending supply of buyers. Students who can’t get jobs or who think that by going to college they enhance their chances to get a job. It’s the collegiate equivalent of flipping houses. You borrow as much money as you can for the best school you can get into and afford and then you ‘flip’ that education for the great job you are going to get when you graduate. Except those great jobs aren’t always there.”

And in the Other Corner…

Opponents rose up in a desperate need to protect the sanctity of higher education and provide a level playing field. Evan Doll, co-founder of Flipboard, responded to Thiel by publishing a blog post regarding a young student who requested answers to a question about whether autodidacts without degrees are considered in the industry. Doll, though mentioning that the technical industry is the most conducive to accepting school dropouts or those without a university-level background, agrees that job seekers without a degree will face difficulty getting past the “front line of staffers/recruiters.” Additionally, Doll cites four non-educational benefits to higher education such as taking “uncomfortable” classes, mastering the close-group collaboration vital in the tech industry, overseas study opportunities, and making lifelong acquaintances.
Entrepreneur and academic Vivek Wadhawa also responded to Thiel’s claims by tweeting the statement, “For every Zuckerberg, there are thousands who dropped out and wrecked their careers.”

Bloggers supporting Thiel’s viewpoints have stepped up in an attempt to explain his true philosophy. They claim he is not suggesting everyone should avoid college. He is merely supportive of students who question whether investing money in education is worth the future benefit.

The Plot Thickens

If Thiel were asked whether tech hopefuls without a degree would have a better chance landing a job at a tech startup, one can surmise how he would answer. However, a recent job posting for one of his global macro hedge funds listed the following as the criteria for an ideal candidate:

“High GPA from top-tier university; preferably in computer science, mathematics, statistics, econometrics, physics, engineering or other highly quantitative.”
Thiel’s opponents are jumping on the bandwagon and citing this listing as evidence to support their claims.

Is higher education essential to landing a first-rate tech job? According to the college graduates who landed superior tech jobs and the millions of university students who are tirelessly plugging away at their degrees, the industry need for highly-educated professionals is still alive and well.

Today’s guest article is crafted by Ryan Farrell on behalf of Southern New Hampshire University. The tech world has long been an environment where innovation and hard work can trump educational experience. But has the celebration of high profile drop-outs like Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs obscured the truth about the value of a college degree in the modern tech world?


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Ohio Northern President Responds To NYT’s Student Loan Debt Article

Ohio Northern President Responds To NYT’s Student Loan Debt Article

Last week, the New York Times posted an article that provided coverage of recent graduates that are leaving college with a significant amount of loan debt. Given all the political attention, the topic has been fairly popular in the media.

A single student at one college has been catapulted to a status that could easily be compared to being a “poster child” for student loan debt. Her name is Kelsey and the university that she graduated from is Ohio Northern. You can read about her story in the New York Times.

At, we receive a number of emails and inquiries from students that have had similar situations to Kelsey. Just recently, we received this email plea for help from a student with an insane student loan situation. His situation, along with Kelsey’s, is certainly not the norm. However, they do reflect what can happen when student loan debt is heavily relied upon to achieve educational goals.

The president of Ohio Northern University, Daniel DiBiasio, recently released a letter in response to the New York Times article. His letter is somewhat lengthy (as far as blog standards go), but I think he touches upon some key points that future students/families could learn from. Much of the information relates directly to Ohio Northern but I believe other aspects of the letter can be applicable across the board regardless of where a student is planning to go to college. So… take a moment, enjoy a good read, and please be sure to talk this up with others. The more education we receive related to the financial aspect of the college experience – the better.

A Message From the Office of the President at Ohio Northern University:

I am sure by now many of you are aware that The New York Times is publishing a series of articles on student loans entitled Degrees of Debt. The first article in the series appeared in the May 13 Sunday Times and Kelsey Griffith, an ONU Class of 2012 graduate, was prominently featured because she had accumulated $120,000 in loans.

Because the article has been so widely distributed and omitted relevant facts, I am writing to provide important information the authors were given but failed to report. My hope is that this commentary may answer questions you may have or might help you respond to questions from colleagues and friends outside the University.

First, I would like to address the article itself. It is not hard to feel very sympathetic toward Kelsey and the harsh difficulty she will have paying back such a huge debt. However, it is important to note that her level of borrowing is not typical.The New York Times article focused its attention on students with the highest debt. Those with a debt of $120,000 are outliers and are not the norm, either at ONU or nationally. Indeed, those with debt over $100,000 make up fewer than 3% of students nationally.

And yet, how is it that students can graduate from college with a debt of $120,000? Outside of a family’s particular financial circumstances, two factors can and do significantly raise a student’s debt load: changing majors and taking longer than four years to graduate. For example, the average debt for students with loans who graduate from the College of Business Administration in four or fewer years is $42,000. But for those who take more than four years, the average is $52,000.

What is most disturbing about the article and a related NPR story is the implication that the University advises students to ignore the sticker price and suggests they don’t need to worry about costs. ONU never has offered such advice nor suggested to students that they take a worry-free attitude about cost, and we never will. What we do tell our students is that very few pay the full price because so many receive financial aid, and that we will work with them to do all we can to make ONU affordable in light of their particular financial circumstances.

We do all we can to counsel families about the real costs of a Northern education and try to fully explain the options for paying those costs. The final decision about how to pay for the education comes down to the family. When the family chooses to go out to private lenders to finance their student’s education, the responsibility for that financial decision and its outcome falls primarily on the student and their family.

In the NPR story I cited above, the reporter asked Kelsey what she would do if she could hit the reset button and start anew. Kelsey’s answer may surprise you. She said she would probably borrow the same amount because her desire to come to ONU was so strong. While she regrets not being more aware of her situation, she does not blame the University and insists she received a great education. Nonetheless, her case does raise the question of whether the University should deny students the ability to enroll because they must incur too much debt to make it work. It is a question worth asking, and we must have that conversation.

Typically, for a prospective student, their first points of contact are the offices of Admission and Financial Aid. The staff talks to students and their parents about the costs and what their many payment options are. These offices have also implemented actions that identify and counsel current students who are at a high risk of not graduating in four years. The offices have also recently expanded their efforts to make our students more financially literate.

Another disturbing feature of the article is how it ignores those who manage debt effectively and are receiving the benefits of a college education and meeting their reasonable loan repayment obligations. Derek Thompson writing in The Atlantic fills the conspicuous void in the Times story when he writes:

College grads still earn more, work longer, and are employed at higher rates than everybody else. Their investment – that is, their debt – benefits the country at large in the form of a more-skilled workforce, higher productivity, higher GDP, more taxes, and so on. Newspapers can’t report on this part of the student debt crisis, because there is no headline statistic to report on.

His post also includes a very interesting graphic that clearly shows the distribution of student debt levels among the nation’s college students.

We regret that a student like Kelsey has a high debt level, and we accept our share of responsibility for her situation.  Nonetheless, the majority of our students repay their federal loans at a remarkable 99% rate, meaning that less than 1% of our 2010 graduating class has defaulted, a rate very similar to previous classes. The national default rate is more than 8.8%.

We also inform parents and their students that ONU offers a high-quality education, and that we have a very high placement rate (94% for our 2011 graduates). We tell them that when PayScale did a study on Ohio Northern’s return on investment (ROI), ONU was ranked in the top 21% nationally and is among the top six schools in Ohio. This ROI analysis is significant in that it shows how ONU graduates fare better than most in terms of earnings over time and that the ONU debt load average (in comparison to earning potential) is balanced and reasonable. PayScale Inc., or as it is also known, is an online salary, benefits, and compensation information company that launched its service 10 years ago.  It was developed to help people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.

All of these facts – our low default rate, our high placement rate, and our high ROI rate – together with efforts to identify students at financial risk and expand financial literacy activities, were shared with the Times reporter. None of them were included in the article.

In addition to these shortcomings and omissions, the article also contains errors and inaccuracies. Fortunately, a correction has already been issued.

Many have asked why the Times focused on ONU. The answer deserves a full explanation. In February, a reporter from the Times visited campus to discuss the latest annual report from The Project on Student Debt (TPSD), which showed that ONU ranked very high nationally among private colleges both in terms of overall student debt and where the majority of the debt was in private, not federal, loans. Bowling Green State University ranked very high among public universities, so the reporter visited both campuses.

A few words about TPSD report are in order. The data presented in the report have many limitations, even though they are the only national data available that show cumulative student debt levels for bachelor’s degree recipients every year. Regarding those limitations, the report itself states the following:

Colleges that accurately calculate and report each year’s debt figures rightfully complain that other colleges may have students with higher average debt but fail to update their figures, under-report actual debt levels, or never report figures at all. Additionally, very few for-profit colleges report debt data … and borrowing levels at for-profit colleges are, on average, much higher than borrowing levels at other types of colleges.

Moreover, only 1,067 of the eligible 1,923 colleges reported results.

ONU has reported our data completely and accurately. Other private colleges in the state with which we compete do not report. Add to this the fact that many media outlets that write about TPSD results never put those data in context, and some of the Internet-based outlets actually sensationalize the results. Consequently, ONU will suspend our future participation until the limitations of TPSD data are adequately addressed.

The intent here is to give you a broader context for understanding the many variables that impact student debt in general, and ONU in particular, as it relates to the Times article. We can and we will always strive to do better with each individual student. Collectively, however, there is ample evidence that our students receive a quality education, and the benefits of that education enable them to lead meaningful and successful lives as contributing members of their professions and their communities.

You will probably be hearing much more about student debt and student loans in the coming months as political activity builds leading up to the national elections. We hope you find the information presented here helpful and insightful regarding the important issues related to student debt. As always, I welcome your questions and/or comments about these issues or others that impact the advancement of Northern in pursuit of its vital mission.


Daniel A. DiBiasio
Ohio Northern University

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Infographic – Navigating The College Financial Aid System

Infographic – Navigating The College Financial Aid System

Going to college is a noble choice. Navigating the financial aspect of that decision can be quite daunting. provides a number of resources to help our readers traverse the challenges associated with paying for college.

I have always been a big fan of infographics – especially those that are informative and esthetically pleasing to the eyes. The following infographic is chocked full of great information related to the financial aid process. Some of the topics covered are: FAFSA, Federal Loans, Comparing Financial Aid Packages, The Costs of College, Grants, Scholarships, and Work Study. Enjoy!

Brought to you by SNHU.EDU

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Student Aid: Focusing on Potential – Not Past – Academic Performance

Student Aid: Focusing on Potential – Not Past – Academic Performance

The following guest article is provided by Dawn Lee.

Our method of providing student aid is focusing too much on what a person ‘was’ and ‘had’ done. It isn’t focusing enough on what a person ‘could’ do, and changing the way we dole out student aid to better suit this philosophy could very well change our country for the better.

This is at least according to Sandy Baum and Matthew Chingos in their report on strengthening state grant programs.

Baum is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, while Chingos is a Fellow in Governance Studies as well as the research director of the Brookings Institution Brown Center on Education Policy.

Lengthy titles aside, these two folks are proposing some pretty significant changes to the way we distribute financial aid. They propose that:

  1. States should target aid to students whose potential to succeed is restrained by their available resources.
  2. Simplify aid programs so that prospective students and their families can more easily avail of them.
  3. Reward concrete academic achievements like completing credit hours and on-time degree attainment.
  4. Lower income limits and cut grants with priority placed on needier students during financial difficulties while still building up incentives for college completion.
  5. Test, evaluate and promote innovative programs to replace programs found to be wasteful and inefficient.

These five points are the main components of their proposal, which aren’t really that bad on paper. I am even surprised at how basic they are. I mean, is our student aid system really that messed up that we need an entire research team to point out the basics of any aid-related program all over again?

What I’m really interested is the first point of the program, where aid should be given to students who have the potential to succeed.

I am particularly iffy about the ‘how’ of this process. How will we determine if a student has the potential for a better college if not by looking at his or her past performance? And another point I am concerned about is what about the other kids who don’t show a promising college career? Do we just leave them to fend for their own?

A solution to both issues is to stop focusing so much on where the aid goes and to start focusing on the education process itself.

We need a standardized system of education that molds students of all backgrounds into success stories. It’s not about rewarding the smart ones and disposing of the dumb ones – it’s about giving everybody a productive role to play in society. Establishing such a system will guarantee that student aid of any form will indeed return much more to society regardless of who receives that aid.

How we do that will, of course, need a lot of discussion. Have any ideas on how to make education universally rewarding for all? Just write it up on the comments section and let’s talk about it.

About The Author:

Dawn Lee is a single mother of one & a regular contributor at

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Financial Aid – Should I Fill Out The FAFSA?

Financial Aid – Should I Fill Out The FAFSA?

If you’re considering going to college—undergraduate or graduate—you’ve probably heard a variety of educators, teachers, administrators, and fellow students discussing the FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as though it were the most important form in the world. For many students who have aspirations of climbing the ladder from higher education into lucrative careers in life sciences, financial consulting, or any number of highly specialized fields, the FAFSA may very well be one of the most important documents out there.

So, if you’ve found yourself asking ‘do I really need to fill this thing out,’ the short answer is: if you’re planning on receiving some kind of financial aid for school, then yes. Here is a breakdown of the more specific forms of financial aid the FAFSA makes you eligible for:

Pell Grant—Pell Grants, named after U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, are sponsored by the Department of Education and covered by federal legislation dating back to the mid sixties. The Pell Grant allocates up to $5,500 for enrollment at over 5,400 educational institutions across the nation. This grant is specifically tailored for students with low EFCs (estimated family contribution).

Stafford Loans—Stafford loans are available to students enrolled in higher education institutions. Available as both subsidized and unsubsidized loans, interest rates for the Stafford awards are currently at 6.80%.

Perkins Loans—Perkins loans are similar to Stafford loans, but are given directly from schools that are Title IV eligible. There is a fixed interest rate of 5% that is sustained over the ten years the recipient has to repay the loan. Graduates can earn a lifetime amount of $60,000 from a Perkins.

Federal Work-Study Program—This is a federal program set up to help students pay for their educations while also earning an income. Students usually work at an on-campus facility, such as a library or dining hall,  and apply their earnings toward tuition costs or other miscellaneous living expenses. This is one of the most common forms of financial assistance in the American educational system and is open to all students in need.

All four of the preceding financial assistance programs require the proper filing of a FAFSA, underscoring the importance of the form. All in total, the FAFSA is your portal to applying for nine federal student-aid programs, over 600 state aid programs, and most other forms of grants, scholarships and institutional aid offered for education.

So in other words, yes, you definitely need to fill out a FAFSA.

Today’s guest article was provided by Amanda Green.

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Get A Free MBA At Lipscomb University!

Get A Free MBA At Lipscomb University!

It is not very often that you see an opportunity for a free MBA cross your doorstep. If you are fortunate, you hopefully work for an employer that may help to subsidize the expense associated with your graduate work. However, if you are not that lucky, I would suggest looking into the free MBA opportunity being provided by Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

This year, Lipscomb will be fulfilling the financial dreams of one happy student by offering them a full scholarship to their Graduate School of Business. The scholarship (currently valued at $40,000) will cover all of the tuition expenses associated with the degree completion program of your choosing. All of these programs can be completed in as little as 12 months but the scholarship offer will remain in effect for 2 years – allowing you ample time to complete your degree.

As you can imagine, in order to be considered for this amazing opportunity, there are a few requirements:

  • You need to apply and be accepted to the graduate business program
  • You need to submit a video (no more than 2 minutes in length) that would reflect your personal story and answer the following questions:
    • How you are one degree away from making a difference in the world
    • How an MBA, PMBA, MAcc or MHR from Lipscomb University’s Graduate Studies in Business would your impact life and that of others
    • Why you should be the one to receive the One Degree Away From Making A Difference Scholarship from the Lipscomb University Graduate Studies in Business
  • Video needs to be submitted by June 15th

Need help in creating your video? Here are some resources to help you out:

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“Now, more than ever, there is a need for people who want to impact their communities positively. Individuals with big dreams and leadership aspirations, who just need the knowledge and skills to get there, can change the world around them,” said Turney Stevens, dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business. “We also understand that many graduate program candidates are juggling a career and family and that the cost of pursuing an advanced degree can be overwhelming. So this competition will help one future leader pursue this path with a full-tuition scholarship for a graduate business program.”

At, we support students in finding ways to access education by the most affordable means possible. We are pleased to highlight this wonderful scholarship opportunity provided by Lipscomb University.

Please don’t hesitate to forward this information onto anyone that you think may be interested in achieving an MBA on full scholarship. In addition, if you have questions about this scholarship, Lipscomb has put together a great resource of Frequently Asked Questions.

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