Pay for College by Peeling Potatoes


The unemployment rate for America's youth topped 50 percent earlier this year, making the national unemployment rate of 9.5 percent seem like a deal. Students have a tougher time finding work to pay for college while competing with experienced workers who have been laid off.

But more than 100 years ago, in 1906, Selby A. Moran, a stenography instructor in Ann Arbor, Mich., wrote the book 'Over 100 Ways to Work One's Way Through College' to encourage students to find work to pay for college. Times were easier then -- when the national unemployment rate was 1.7 percent and getting a higher education didn't cost the $9,000 it does now to attend a four-year public college for a year -- but Moran still encouraged students to get to work.

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