Ramirez is the first in her family to go to college. In
August, sheíll start classes at the University of
even with grants and scholarships lined up, the Colonial
High School senior said she has less than half of the
$10,000 she needs for tuition, housing and other costs
for the fall semester.
Ramirez is launching her own mini-business to get cash
for college. She joins other students trying to raise
money in creative ways.
FOR SALE: Ramirez, an artist with a 4.3 grade-point
average who plans to major in biomedical sciences, has
put one of her drawings on a T-shirt. Last month, she
started selling T-shirts featuring a woman wearing a
multicolored mask for $20-$22 apiece through her
Facebook page, Alexís Art Shirts.
needs $6,000 by the end of the summer. So far, she has
is an original artwork, and itís a T-shirt," said
Ramirez, 18. "I think $20 is well worth it."
ANYONE? Some college students sell hand-crafted items on
Etsy, an online marketplace for artisans. They sell
homemade hair bows, scarves or jewelry.
Rolando, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., makes ears and
initially started creating elaborate, painted horns out
of clay for personal use ó as part of the costumes she
likes to wear to Renaissance festivals and conventions
for fans of Japanese anime.
Rolando, a freshman at Valencia College, realized she
could sell horns and clay animal ears online to make
money for textbooks and groceries. She was excited to
find a market for such items among people who enjoy
dressing up as fictional characters, demons and
mythological creatures. She said she makes about $500 a
of her biggest sellers: antelope horns. She has made at
least 40 pairs over the past year. Customers pay $30 to
$100 for each pair of customized horns, depending on
their size and detail.
Terrence Smith, a student at the University of Central
Florida, and Josiah Scott, who goes to Valencia, decided
to simply ask the public to donate to their education
two are among more than two dozen Central Florida
students using crowd-funding platforms to raise money
for tuition, books, international trips and
college-related projects. Both Smith and Scott have ads
22, an education major from Tallahassee, wants to raise
$2,900 so he can travel to Botswana to volunteer at a
school there. He leaves May 27. As of Friday, he had
collected $1,382 from 34 people.
have a passion for working with students, especially
those in low-income areas Ö ," he wrote on his
GoFundMe.com page. He added that his "ultimate
dream" is to teach English in various countries and
to also teach history.
has raised $350 of the $6,000 he is requesting. The
money, combined with what he earns as a part-time
lifeguard, will pay for classes as well as the books and
other items he needs to complete his training to become
a paramedic firefighter.
didnít realize how expensive all this stuff was,"
Scott, 21, of Winter Garden, Fla., says in a video thatís
posted to his GoFundMe.com page.
also included photos of himself at age 6 wearing a
firefighterís uniform and sitting in a fire truck.
has been my biggest passion ever since Iíve been a
little boy, and this is all Iíve ever wanted to
be," he says in the video.
PANTS: Some students offer services for a fee. Erica
Walsh, a sophomore studying psychology at UCF, hems
mom had taught her and her twin sister to sew by hand
when they were about 8 years old. A year later, they got
their first sewing machine.
skills came in handy when Walsh realized that the
financial help she got from her parents and the money
she makes at a part-time job on campus did not cover all
her needs. She also makes pillows.
love sewing and made pillows for my own room as a way to
cut down on costs," said Walsh, 20, of Ormond
Beach, Fla. "Since I enjoyed doing it so much, I
figured I could try to make some money out of it."
does not earn a lot, but every bit helps. Her most
lucrative month, she made about $150, which she uses
mostly for college living expenses, food and gas. She
advertises her pillows on a Facebook page called Ericaís