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UMD student pays tuition by fixing iPhones

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A University of Maryland senior has come up with a unique way to pay for college, and he doesn't even have to leave his campus apartment to do it.

Harrison Baum has started a business called onCampus Repairs. He fixes iPhones, especially those cracked glass screens.

"You can get your phone back within an hour, for the cheapest rates around," Baum says.

Baum taught himself how to make the repairs, started ordering parts, and is now repairing 50 to 70 phones a month for about $70 each.

Working on the phones of college students can be challenging.

"It's 37 steps, so I tell them 45 minutes to an hour. But you have some kids who come in with phones they've dropped in beer and when you open them up, everything's all stuck together. That can take twice as long," Baum says.

The business just launched last spring and it's booming.

"Mostly what I do is screen repair, like 90 percent. I guess the other half of my business is buying used and cracked ones, fixing them up, unlocking them and selling them overseas," Baum says.

Entrepreneurship runs in Baum's family. His dad had a college business repairing TV's. His grandfather ran a business, and so did his dad.

Baum says the best part about onCampus repairs, will be repaying his dad every dime of his college tuition.

"Overall I've easily done more than a thousand phones. It pays for college. I couldn't ask for anything more," Baum says.

When he graduates in May, Baum may open an assisted living facility with his best friend, pursue standup comedy, or train and hire some people to fix phones with him and take onCampus repairs to a whole new level.

"I've always just believed I could do this," Baum says. "That's what motivates me, knowing I can do it."

And that's been the best college learning experience of all.

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