Students Who Work During College | College Made Simple

A study commissioned by the United States Department of Labor unveiled some startling information.

Part-time campus jobs not only help students make money — they can also help raise grade-point averages.

The study, based on hundreds of undergraduates between 1996 and 2004, found that the average GPA of freshmen at four-year universities who worked between one and twenty hours a week was 3.13 versus only 3.04 for kids with no work.

(Of course this is the kind of information a lot of kids today might not want to hear.)

Here are 7 compelling reasons for students to work during college…

  • Get better grades. The number one thing that the US Department of Labor Study concluded was that college students who work one to twenty hours get better grades. Plus, they have a better chance of graduating.
  • Help pay for tuition. It is no secret; college costs have skyrocketed over the years.  So any additional income kids can earn can go right towards tuition, room and board, and any other college expenses that come up.
  • Learn a life skill that can’t be taught in a class: Part 1. Gain budgeting skills.  Kids who work to pay for part of college tuition and fund their entertainment are less likely to overspend on entertainment (versus those kids who have a parents credit card at their disposal.)
  • Learn a life skill that can’t be taught in a class:  Part 2. Gain time management skills.  Part-time jobs force kids to budget how they spend their day.  Part work, part class time, part study time, and some time for social activities. This is the way the real world works, after all.  So, learning to juggle many different activities in one day in college gives your child a heads up on the rest of the kids their age who don’t gain this experience.
  • Connect with professors. This could help explain the higher average grades to those students who work part-time… since a lot of on-campus jobs involve working with staff at the university.
  • Avoid the wrong major or career. Changing careers later in life or even late in college can be a very costly event. By having a part-time job, your child can learn what they do or don’t like… potentially avoiding a costly mistake down the road.
  • Improve resume. Probably the number one reason to get a college degree is to improve the chances of getting a job after graduation. Working during college is a resume builder — especially if you can get experience in a related field.

But there’s also a dark-side to having your kids work. This same exact study showed that while a little work was good for kids, to0 much work caused a decrease in grades.

Freshmen who worked more than 20 hours a week had GPAs of only 2.95.

Plus, your student’s income is factored heavily into the financial aid formulas.  So, an increase in student income could reduce your financial aid package.

To your successful college admissions and funding,

Scott Weingold


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Editor's Note: Scott Weingold has been ranked the #1 “College Financial Aid Expert Worth Knowing About” in the entire country by  He has co-authored the book, “The Real Secret To Paying For College. The Insider’s Guide To Sending Your Child To College – Without Spending Your Life’s Savings.” Scott also publishes a popular free online newsletter, “College Funding Made Simple" which reveals insider’s tips, methods, and strategies for beating the high cost of college.

Scott is the co-founder and a principal of the widely renown College Planning Network, LLC – the nation’s largest and most reputable college admissions and financial aid planning firm. CPN is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of College Funding Advisors, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Scott, along with his college funding advisory team, helps thousands of families throughout the country with their college planning needs and offers a series of free educational webinars and workshops on “How To Pay For College Without Going Broke In The Process!” He's been featured or mentioned in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo News,, Voice America with Ron Adams, Crains Cleveland Business, and on Cleveland Connection with James McIntyre.  Scott has published numerous articles and is a professional speaker who has addressed thousands of audiences online and offline throughout the United States.  His actionable insights and candid, open approach have earned him & his team numerous media interviews, citations, and speaking opportunities, and his free online video workshop is one of the Internet’s most widely viewed pieces in the college funding space.