From movies and albums, to plays and charities, websites such as Kickstarter, GoFundMe and Indiegogo have helped many people fund their special projects. However, what many college students might not know is that they too can benefit from crowdfunding sites that specifically help students pay for their tuition, college needs (textbooks, dorm supplies, etc.) and more.

As detailed in an article on, there are quite a few crowdfunding sites students can choose from to help pay for their education. Since every crowdfunding site is different, it's important that students recognize what each site has to offer, including its pros and cons.

Here are four crowdfunding sites that might be right for you:

-free money and supplies
-pay off debt or stay away from debt
-students from all colleges can sign up, as well as incoming students, graduates and those who did not finish college

-getting someone to donate can be difficult
-promoting yourself can be difficult if you’re not big on social networking websites

-pay lower rates on loans than traditional lenders
-investors earn financial and social return
-different options of repayment: total, monthly, income based
-pre-pay without penalty
-six-month grace period
-for every degree fully funded on the company’s platform, CommonBond funds the tuition, school uniform, school supplies and other needs such as transportation for a student in need abroad for a year
-Borrow up to cost of attendance, excluding scholarships and other financial aid

-credit history is factored for eligibility
-it’s still a loan
-student have to be attending one of their few MBA schools

-raise money for any cause, including college costs
-no penalties or goal requirements

-difficult to get donors if you’re not big on social networking websites
-you have to have a set cause and goal
-only friends and family donate

-get paid to volunteer
-anyone can sponsor you
-ZeroBound helps bring in sponsors
-sponsors decide how much to give to each volunteer campaign
-students can only crowdfund to the full balance of your student loan debt, plus interest, processing and transaction fees
-can crowdfund as much as you want
-neither volunteers nor sponsors are taxed
-do not need to live, go to school or volunteer in the U.S.
-do not have to volunteer to receive funds, but you most likely won’t receive funds if you don’t volunteer
-ages 16-17 can use Zerobound under the supervision of, and with the consent of, a parent or legal guardian

-Since Zerobound is currently in its beta phase, they’re only looking for active volunteers
-You can’t create your own volunteer project yet