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Hey guys,

I honestly try to cut my expenses and live simple life, but still I barely make ends meet. Honestly, of course I would want to focus on my studies, but I really need extra money to eat well, live my life comfortably, because for me personally, my performance depends on the quality of life I live. It`s not like my salary is too low(it is pretty low though), it`s just I had some unexpected expenses when I just moved to the US(too many fees, insurance and stuff), and I had to take a loan, so now in fact I`m doing well, but if I pay my loan now, I will be left with very small amount of money,

so anyway, sorry for too many details, my question is what are the ways I could make extra money? Asking for a salary increase is not an option, because every grad student in my department gets the same salary. I would love to work as private tutor(for Math, for example), but I don`t know how to make it, I don`t know where to go, what to do. I know some international students who have a car make money doing some delivery jobs, but I don`t have a car :(

Any suggestions are welcome!

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If you are on a student visa, you are not allowed to work off campus. You have limited options for on-campus employment. Things will improve slightly over the summer in terms of how many hours you're allowed to work, but not so much in where (you can look into what you can do with your CPT and OPT, assuming you're on an F1 visa). We're talking up to 20 hours a week during the semester, and 40 over the break. Talk to your international students office for regulations and your department admin about any on-campus employment options; but I would strongly advise against working when you're not allowed (including those delivery jobs, I doubt they're legal, and this is not a good time to be breaking immigration laws). 

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5 minutes ago, fuzzylogician said:

If you are on a student visa, you are not allowed to work off campus. You have limited options for on-campus employment. Things will improve slightly over the summer in terms of how many hours you're allowed to work, but not so much in where (you can look into what you can do with your CPT and OPT, assuming you're on an F1 visa). We're talking up to 20 hours a week during the semester, and 40 over the break. Talk to your international students office for regulations and your department admin about any on-campus employment options; but I would strongly advise against working when you're not allowed (including those delivery jobs, I doubt they're legal, and this is not a good time to be breaking immigration laws). 

Yeah, you`re right...

Btw, speaking of more hours during the break, does that mean my grad salary will be more in summer?

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1 minute ago, jinjan said:

Btw, speaking of more hours during the break, does that mean my grad salary will be more in summer?

No. It means that you're legally allowed to work more hours. But unless you find a job and actually do, you're not going to get more money. In fact, be very careful and make sure that your salary is actually paid out over the summer. It's quite common for schools to pay both students and faculty for only 9 months (that is, they divide your yearly salary into 9 instead of 12), and you need to put enough money aside to be able to afford rent and food over the summer. 

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