Intro to Get In, Get Paid
If you want to get paid for being a student, graduate debt-free, AND still have money left over but don’t know where to start, this page is for you.
The Get In, Get Paid community works to increase student awareness of the many different (often little known) ways that students get money for their studies, research, service, other academic endeavors, and living expenses. We focus on teaching students how to take advantage of scholarships (and other educational funds), financial aid, guaranteed student work opportunities, and free student resources to cover the cost of their education and to keep money in their bank accounts.
Ways Students Get Paid: What to Look Out For
People and organizations LOVE giving money to students. The US government alone awards over 46 billion dollars in scholarships and financial aid to students each year. While private sources and organizations award nearly 3.5 billion dollars in student funding.
But wait, it gets even better. Millions (if not billions) of dollars in scholarship money go unclaimed each year! Can you believe that? There are millions of dollars reserved just for students but all of that money isn’t even awarded! This has to stop, especially when countless students are graduating with crazy amounts of debt or when some students don’t even get to attend university due to lack of funds.
I bet you’re wondering how and why this could be true. Why aren’t those millions of dollars going towards students’ education? Well, it’s simple; many students don’t even know that this money exists or some don’t apply due to lack of preparation or because they think that they won’t be awarded.
Listen, these people and organizations WANT to give students this money, as a matter of fact, they have to give the money to students. But students must APPLY in order to get the money.
Ok, now that you understand that there is a LOT of money available to you as a student, let’s take a look at the different ways this money is distributed.
Student funding can come in many forms and under different names, for example, the most popular types of student funding are known as….
  • Scholarships
  • Fellowships
  • Grants
  • Financial aid
  • Internships
  • Teaching Assistantships
  • Research Assistantships
  • Summer programs (with stipends)
  • Work-study
  • Campus studies/experiments
  • Student promotions, deals, and offers
Search and look out for any opportunities highlighting any of the terms above. When you see these terms, know that this means there’s usually money available for you (the student)!
Sources of Student Funding: Where to Look
Scholarships and other types of student funding usually come from 3 main sources.
The Government: Always research student funding provided by your country/nation or your state/province/city/governance. For example, US students should ALWAYS submit a yearly FAFSA application to see what type of government aid they are eligible for.
Universities and Colleges: Never assume that your university will be unwilling to help you financially. Universities and colleges fund admitted students with money that comes from endowments, alumni donations, fundraising, and a whole host of other private and institutional funds and initiatives.
Private Sources: You can find scholarships, grants, fellowships and countless other types of student funding nearly anywhere. Money reserved just for students comes from,
  • Individuals
  • Foundations
  • Corporations
  • Religious and

    Faith based

    groups (churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.)
  • Nonprofit groups
  • Civic societies
  • Veterans groups
  • Professional groups
  • Service clubs
  • Unions
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Associations
What Get In, Get Paid is NOT
A get rich quick scheme: Earning scholarships (and other types of student funding) and figuring out how to use a multitude of student resources to the best of your ability and in a way that gets results requires considerable research, preparation, and strategizing. You will have to be diligent, focused, and disciplined to succeed and get paid to be a student.
Overnight Success: Students don’t earn millions in scholarships overnight. It’s not magic. I earned well over a million dollars in scholarships by consistently searching and applying for any scholarship, fellowship, or paid student program that I could get my hands on. I searched and applied for years, starting my junior year in high school. Was I awarded every scholarship that I applied for? Of course not! I was only awarded approximately 15 to 20 percent of the hundreds of scholarships that I applied for.
Here, we’ll teach you by example and provide you with the information, strategies, tips, and techniques you’ll need to make your dream of graduating debt-free a reality. But remember that all the scholarship information and tips in the world won’t help if you don’t put the knowledge in motion.
The Get In, Get Paid philosophy is all about seeking knowledge and then taking action. It’s not enough to just know that money is sitting around for you; you have to find it and apply!