Facts of the Month

Students Should Not Work Too Much in College

Students, don't work too much in college! We know from past studies that students who work in college graduate in higher percentages than students who don't work. With their work they are more invested in the college and on-campus employers in particular also are more apt to look after and mentor their student workers.

But here is the flipside. The American Council on Education has analyzed several studies of the students who work in college. Students who work more than 15 hours per week in college 1) are more likely to hurt federal grant eligibility because they have earned too much; 2) are less likely to graduate in four years because they are not able to schedule some classes they need around their work schedule; and 3) have to pay extra semesters of tuition to complete the degree. Keep the work hours reasonable!

Publication Date: December 2008