The Benefits of Working While Enrolled in College
Working while enrolled in college may help improve the student’s academic performance by forcing the student to learn time management skills. Student employment during the academic year and summer may also give the student experience that can help him or her get a job after graduation.
Is It Better to Work On-Campus or Off-Campus?
There are many advantages and disadvantages to working on-campus and off-campus. On-campus jobs are conveniently located and provide tuition assistance and academic benefits, but may offer lower wages than off-campus jobs. Rules concerning off-campus jobs may be less restrictive. But off-campus jobs may be less accommodating concerning the student’s academic schedule and may involve more time commuting to and from school.
Federal Work-Study (FWS)
College students who file the FAFSA may be awarded Federal Work-Study as part of a financial aid package. Find out how to qualify, the types of jobs typically available and how students are paid.
Teaching and Research Assistantships
Teaching and research assistantships provide a full- or partial-tuition waiver along with a small living stipend in exchange for a graduate student performing teaching or research duties. Assistantships are common ways to pay for a doctoral degree.
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
Students can earn an education award worth as much as the maximum Federal Pell Grant for a year of full-time volunteer service with the AmeriCorps program. The education award may be used to pay for school or to repay federal student loans.
Tuition waivers are like grants in that they reduce or eliminate tuition and fee charges. Colleges often provide tuition waivers to faculty and staff and their dependents. They are also awarded as part of teaching and research assistantships and to dormitory head residents and resident assistants.