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Getting a job the summer before college can help you earn money for tuition, books and other college costs.

This summer differs from summers past because you have almost no college admission preparation responsibilities. While you’ll certainly want to enjoy your last summer with your high school friends, a summer job can help you earn money for college and give you a good structure that will translate well to your first semester of college.

Your Pre-College Summer Job

We’ve talked about how a summer job might affect your financial aid, but now that you’ve filled out your FAFSA and accepted financial aid award packages, you don’t need to worry about a restriction to earnings. This means you can earn as much as you want for college – no matter if it’s tuition money or for your weekend-party-and-movie fund.

It doesn’t matter what kind of job you get, but you might consider getting a job related to the major you’re interested in. While you’re not going to be able to secure a lawyering job just yet, you might be able to get a summer internship at a law firm that could help you get an idea of what kinds of things happen in the legal world.

It might seem like summer is a long season but you know the drill, it goes fast. So get a jump on your summer job plans before the season of sun slips between your fingers.

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