It’s no secret that heading off to college comes with a hefty price tag. Students attending college are living on their own and facing the real world first hand—and the bills and expenses that come along with it. Students must pay for things like tuition, housing, food, school books, transportation (if they don’t live on campus), fees to join organizations, uniforms for sports teams—the list goes on!
In order to avoid living off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and top ramen for the duration of their college years, there are many fundraising ideas for college that can get students to think outside the box and start raising funds to help offset their expenses.
Crowdfunding for College
Whether it’s rallying support from a community of friends and family back home or organizations they are involved with, creating a college crowdfunding campaign is an excellent way for college students to spread the word of their fundraiser across social media networks. If the college has their own Facebook page or website, asking them to help promote a campaign could make a huge difference for your fundraiser as this would help gain more exposure. Offline fundraising events can also be held in conjunction with an online campaign, making it the perfect route for college students to keep their fundraiser organized.
Five Great College Crowdfunding Campaigns
Anna Gier is an 18-year-old student who lives just outside of New York City. In January 2015, she was ecstatic to receive her acceptance letter from Balliol College at the University of Oxford, England. Anna says she has “a deep passion for learning, research papers and snazzy shoes,” but what really drew her to this university was the unique system under which it operates. The price tag that comes along with Oxford University is a large one, and although both of her parents are self-employed, there’s a real possibility that her family and Anna won’t be able to make this happen without financial support. That’s where her YouCaring campaign comes into play. She has been able to raise more than $3,600 toward her fundraising goal. One of the things that really makes Anna’s campaign unique is the creative writing in her fundraiser details (check it out!) and the stylish pamphlet she created to tell her story, which can be found in the fundraiser image gallery.
David Chung is a visually impaired student who is majoring in music performance: operatic voice emphasis at Biola University. In November 2015, David auditioned for the Biola University’s Conservatory of Music, and three weeks later, he received a letter from the conservatory, informing him that he was accepted into the B.M. program in operatic voice performance. David’s tuition, food, transportation expenses, voice lesson fees and even a new computer were provided for his first semester, but in order for him to remain at Biola next semester, he will need to raise $6,500, which was the purpose of his YouCaring campaign. David utilized the power of creating a great video for his fundraiser and used the hashtag #BiolaIsMyHome! in his fundraiser title so supporters could easily find it online. He also asked the Biola University Chorale to promote his fundraiser on its Facebook page. He has successfully reached his goal of $5,400!
Andrew Daniel Rocha spent his childhood in the East Los Angeles school system while living in an impoverished neighborhood. He attended Pasadena City College and received poor grades while getting into debt as he tried to cover his mom’s bills. He had been diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis and had to take time off of work. When his mother regained the ability to work, he decided to pursue his education, and in 2014, Andrew opted to live in his car to complete the four-year university transfer requirements. Through generous support from friends, he was able to transfer into the top school of Optical Engineering at the University of Arizona. Driving to the University of Arizona last year, he had $400, everything he could fit into his car and $12,000 in out-of-state-tuition debt. With the help of his YouCaring campaign and an academic scholarship for the remainder of 2015, Andrew is now close to having the funds to pay for the rest of his 2016 tuition. Please take a moment to read Andrew’s inspirational story on his fundraising page!
Haley Tankersley started her YouCaring campaign when she was no longer able to continue paying for her college tuition. Being an out-of-state student, she is paying upward of $10,000 more than her peers who have in-state residency to attend Colorado State University. Haley is an equine sciences major, which is a very competitive and expensive degree to pursue due to the hands-on training and riding with live horses, and the opportunity to work with the best in the industry. Haley’s dream is to create a place of solace by owning and operating her own horse sanctuary and rescue, along with giving our veterans a place and a chance to get back on their feet if they are having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life after serving our county. Being both an advocate for animal welfare and a proud military wife, Haley wants to serve both causes. Being able to complete her degree in equine sciences will help her to begin bringing that dream to life. So far, Haley has been able to raise $5,915 towards her goal of $12,000.
Rachael and Matt Sebold have mentored and cheered on Manuel Cantillano over the past decade as he has grown up at Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos orphanage in Nicaragua. Manuel has been at the top of his class every year and is a natural leader and talented athlete. His YouCaring fundraiser was set up to help pay for Manuel to go to college in Minnesota, starting in January 2016, and all donations will go toward his school (tuition, books and fees) and health care costs. Meanwhile, Rachel and Matt will provide Manuel with a home, clothes, food, airfare and transportation, and support him in every way they can. Their goal was to raise enough to cover his first year-and-a-half: one semester of intensive English at Global Language Institute, followed by one year of community college, along with health care and insurance. Their campaign raised $17,311, beating their fundraising goal, and Manual is now in Minnesota attending school. You can learn more about Manuel’s journey on this blog started by Rachael and Matt.