Only 6 percent of college students do work study

The National Center for education statistics reports that only 6 percent of undergraduates earn money through work study programs. Yet  71 percent receive some sort of financial aid, such as grants or loans.

POSTED BY Jill Barshay ON August 20, 2013

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Nivel Conley

Indeed the 6% is a low number for college students to receive pay. But when you mention work study to a student that is most likely at the poverty level, up to their neck in school loans, grants, and possibly a scholarship. Do you really think that after studying, downtime, sports, or just relaxing since funds are limited after the refunds get spent. Why do you expect students to work, and take part in paying in advance for their education? If students could possibly see the value in job experience before graduation and having plan B not graduating but having some job skills maybe they might see a different light

Jill Barshay

@Nivel Such an interesting generational shift. In the eighties, when I was in college, work study was common. Even students who weren’t on formal-work study programs often worked campus jobs. I agree that many campus jobs, especially those inside academic departments and research institutes, can be great resume builders. I also think the networking that used to happen among students working the cafeteria line can become valuable in the professional world later.

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