Definition of work one's way through college (or school, etc.) in US English:

work one's way through college (or school, etc.)

phrase

  • Obtain the money for educational fees or one's maintenance as a student by working.

    • ‘Most students in the US work their way through college.’
    • ‘A larger group consists of overseas students working their way through college.’
    • ‘They are used to students working their way through college and graduates starting work with big loans to repay.’
    • ‘Many excelled in school, married, worked their way through college, raised children, joined the army, and became farmers, bankers, and politicians.’
    • ‘He worked his way through college in New Hampshire, copying and filing in the alumni office until he figured out better ways to get paid.’