11 Money Saving Tips for Students

How can I afford to study? How can I save money while I'm at college? What help can I get towards my course fees? 

Paying for further study can often be a worry, but having a great education is priceless. Nonetheless, we have put together some great ways to budget, save, and get money during your studies.

Here are our top 11 money saving tips for students...

Odd Jobs

Sign up to do freelance work on sites like Upwork or AirTasker. These jobs can vary in size from small tasks like changing PDF files to word documents, writing blogs, developing code for websites, and many other posts. You can do small tasks for $50 all the way up to major freelance jobs. Go have a look at what's on offer and earn some extra cash on the side!

Part-time jobs to compliment your course

Working in a café or a restaurant can help you earn some money, as well as gain vital life skills. However, it is extremely beneficial to work in an industry part-time that can help further your career. For example, many digital agencies often hire part-time junior digital designers, or you could gig if you are a musician – this can also help develop your reputation and CV. JMC Academy tutors often know of jobs available in the industry, so, if you’re a JMC Student, ask them, or keep an eye on the JMC Facebook Groups where they post industry opportunities. 


Some educational institutions offer scholarships for passionate prospective students. JMC Academy offers up to 8 Academic Undergraduate Scholarships on each campus, covering one year of tuition fees for any of JMC Academy's eight bachelor degrees.  Learn more here about our scholarships.

Fee help

All JMC Academy Higher Education programmes are eligible for FEE-HELP.  FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay for part or all of their tuition fees. JMC Academy is a registered Higher Education Private Provider and therefore students at JMC are eligible.  For more information contact JMC Academy or click here.

The Government have lots of fee help options that can also help with travel expenses and living costs. Take a look here to see what you are eligible for.


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Tax Returns

Keep receipts for everything that you purchase for your studies. When it comes to tax time, you can speak to an accountant and find out what you may be eligible to claim back.  

Spare Change Jar

Throw space change in to a jar, as it adds up quickly. This also saves you just throwing away your small change on random purchases. 

Free Fun

Find the free festivals, museums and art galleries for a nice day out. Use the Campus Library. People often forget about campus libraries (I know!) but they do exist. And it is a great way to get the correct information without going out to buy expensive textbooks. 

Student Discounts

Ask if somewhere does student discount. You should always carry your student card just in case. Even online shops have options for student discount – save every penny you can! Your tutors also have great connections and may be able to get you a discount on musical instruments or software – You just have to ask ☺ 

Sign up to UniDays with your student email to get great discount on tonnes of shops including Asos, Missguided, Deliveroo, Apple Music, Hotels.com and heaps more. 

Before buying any sort of software, check if there are student discounts. Often there will be discounts that you can get through your university or college. 

Loyalty Cards

Take advantage of Flybuys, Woolworths Rewards, Frequent Flyer points and even your local coffee shop loyalty cards to save a buck or two!


Prepare your meals so you’re not buying food on campus every time. Check your best transport route before-hand so you don’t end catching a last-minute Uber. 

Concession Cards

Concession cards will also get you much cheaper transport. Most JMC students are eligible for a concession card so make sure you ask your campus reception to get this started as soon as you start!

To learn more about studying at JMC, click here.