Studying in the USA can be very expensive, especially if you come from a foreign countries. Tuition and fees are usually twice and additional fees can happen too. Here is a way to increase your income, with respect to your immigration status: F1 VISA in this article.
Don’t forget your tax return
If you are currently employed (typically 20 hours a week maximum for a F1 VISA), you are required to pay income taxes. American Tax System might be different from your home country. Don;t forget to reply all emails from GLACIER or online-tax.net to fill your tax return and be reimbursed up to $500 in April. Tax are indeed withdrawn according to an estimation that is usually higher that the actual one. You have to claim yourself tax return to be reimbursed.
Take advantages of your F1-VISA
With a F1-VISA, you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week. Just enough to get a working social security number. Working on campus can have some advantages, like paying in-state tuition instead of out-of-state tuition, health insurance coverage by universities or private companies like Starbucks. On campus jobs includes tutor, Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA) which are the most common jobs for foreign students.
Work more during the summer session
During the summer session (Summer I and Summer II), the limit of 20 hours of work a week is waived so you can either accumulate two part-time jobs or take one full-time job. Just be sure not to exceed 40 hours a week. Usually, students who have a TA (Teaching Assistant) appointment are doing two TAs the summer to get two salaries. Having a full time job can be interesting too, like summer internship but you have to make sure you still have an health insurance coverage during this period.
Use your unique skills as a foreign
You are international, so native in one language. You can surely use this skill to tutor student who are learning your language. However, recognize that speaking one language and teaching it are two very different things and you might not be able to teach it well. Consider students who have the basic and want to improve or reach advanced level.
This is open to everybody and many website, such as Elance or Freelancer, offers jobs you take do as a freelancer. Translation might be the most easiest for you but consider also topic relating to your major. The advantages of being foreign is that you can claim your earns as a non resident and don’t pay taxes on it in USA.