Start Preparing Your $500 Deposit Now

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If you apply by our Early Decision deadline and get accepted, you’ll only have two-and-a-half weeks to come up with the initial $500 deposit for your program. What does that mean? It means that if you’re applying for NTSA, you should start fundraising that $500 deposit now.

But how can I come up with $500?

Do you know what major event’s coming up soon? The holiday season. Chances are that family members are going to start asking what you want this year. We always ask for cash over here at NTSA. If grandma and grandpa are traditionalists who insist on having a tangible present underneath the tree (or other festive decoration), show them our website and tell them that you’re planning on using their gift for a theatre training program this summer. Your family members can always print off the gift certificate below and put it, along with a check, inside a gift-wrapped box. 

The holiday season is also a good time to score some extra odd jobs around the neighborhood. With company holiday parties in full-force, parents are going to need someone to watch their children when they're out — which means that a good babysitter can make a bundle this month. Babysitters make a minimum of $11 an hour. (You can find your going rate here. You want to charge less, like $10 an hour, if you don't have much previous experience.) You can also find other odd jobs around the holidays, such as:

Pet-Sitting and Dog-Walking: It’s cold outside and some owners would rather not have to bundle up to take their pooch around the block.

Seamstress or Tailor: Lots of alterations need to be done around the holiday season on dresses and suits for those aforementioned holiday parties. Find out the going rate for alterations in your neighborhood, and then advertise your services as just slightly lower.

Photography: Remember how we mentioned holiday parties? They need photographers to capture all of their best moments (and then post them online, so that everyone can relive the memories!). Remember to call up elementary schools and middle schools to ask about their winter concerts and dances.

Tutoring: The second quarter’s coming to an end — which means that teachers have started informing parents if their student’s in danger of being retained. Offer your services as an affordable tutor for students who are struggling to make the grade.

Manual Labor: If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow around the holiday season, prepare to make bank. Break out your shovel and ice scraper!

Most of these jobs are filled through word-of-mouth. Ask your parents and teachers to refer you to their friends. Make some flyers at Canva and slip them through your neighborhood’s mail slots. Don’t forget to include your phone number and email address, so that parents can contact you.

Don’t forget the opportunities for bringing in extra cash that exist on the Internet. If you’re preparing for the NTSA design program, you could spend your free time over winter vacation selling your artwork on Etsy or working freelance on Fiverr. There are tons of opportunities out there to make a little extra cash over your two weeks off!

Posted on Dec 04, 2017 in Financial Aid  

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