From haggling for a better tuition, to getting a unique scholarship, there are some unique ways to pay for college.

It’s natural to get sticker shock when seeing your college tuition bill for the first time. Even with grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, the cost can be considerable. In truth, any little thing you can do to make a dent will help you down the line. Stuck for fundraising ideas? We’ve gathered a few to help inspire your inner entrepreneur.

Haggle For a Better Tuition

Think tuition is too high? Suggest a better price! Haggling for tuition discounts is a real thing. When Su-Jit Lin transferred to Tulane University, she wrote a letter asking for more financial aid and got it. The next year, she haggled with the financial aid office and got even more. Her husband did it, too, in his second year. The trick is to be persistent but respectful and to ask at the right time.

“For freshmen, it won’t work since they’re taking a gamble on you,” Lin said. “But as a sophomore, that’s when you should try, because they need to retain their freshmen class or it hurts their rankings.” Juniors and seniors, she advises, should have outstanding GPAs to succeed.

Raffle it Off

Instead of taking money from strangers via crowdfunding, why not give to the people you know in exchange for tuition cash? One student who wanted to study abroad held a raffle for her friends and family. She gathered donations from local businesses and raffled everything off — keeping the money made to pay for school.

“I did something very similar in high school,” says Kristina Ellis, author of How to Graduate Debt Free. It may be illegal to do this in some states, so it’s important to look into whether it’s permissible in yours before lining up items to go on the auction block.

Get Paid For Your Beliefs

Now is the perfect time to start working for your local political organization. Part-time work is often available to people who want to canvass door-to-door but still have time to meet all their other commitments. Danielle Corcione, a graduate from Ramapo College of New Jersey, made $50 a day for five hours of work. She did say, though, that anyone doing this has to have thick skin.

“It’s like customer service,” she says, noting how plenty get angry or annoyed. Yet, while most tend to say something like “thanks but no thanks,” there are always a few “who are engaged and interested, and it all pays off.”

Embrace Your Niche

You’ve probably heard it before, but there really are a lot of unique scholarships out there. Take The American Goat Society (AGS), which offers two scholarships at $500 each to students in the AGS or who are related to a member, provided they can sway the judges with an essay about their dairy goat experiences. And while you might not have a bearded pet of your own, there are plenty of other scholarships that might apply to your situation. To find them, Ellis suggests using multiple scholarship search databases, like Discover’s free scholarship search engine, Unigo or Cappex, to compare results.

“Obscure scholarships often have less competition than their more popular counterparts,” she said. “GoodCall has a filter that allows students to find scholarships that are rated as having lower levels of competition.”  

Rent Your Stuff

The sharing economy has made it easier than ever to earn money from your stuff. Live off campus? Every weekend you’re not at home is an opportunity to make a little cash, thanks to AirBnB — of course you should check your lease first to make sure it’s permissible. Have a car? When it’s not in use, earn a little extra cash by renting it out through apps like Turo and Getaround. Have a parking space? You can rent that out too via JustPark.

“Renting out some of your belongings allows you to make money while preserving your time,” Ellis said. “Instead of you having to work, your items can be working for you while you are able to do something else like studying, being social or even making more money!”

Market Your Unique Interest

Have a hobby or a special talent? Use it to your advantage. Search online for local talent competitions — most of them offer cash prizes that you can put toward college for your winning skills like music, dance or acting. Or put those talents to work by going freelance and selling your time on Fiverr, Upwork or TaskRabbit.

“Earning money based around things you love is a win-win-win,” says Ellis. “You get to enjoy your hobbies and passions, earn toward your future and add achievements to your résumé.”

Take stock of anything you have at home that you can sell, too. Think collected baseball cards or artwork you made. Everything has a price and a place to sell it, like eBay, OfferUp and Craigslist.

Of course, you can always cash in empty soda cans at your local recycling plant to fill up your change jar. But maybe try these options first.