College Students Who Have a Job.Study Less

By Galinsky, Ellen; Ginsberg, Susan | Work & Family Life, July/August 2002 | Go to article overview

College Students Who Have a Job.Study Less


Galinsky, Ellen, Ginsberg, Susan, Work & Family Life


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I've heard that college students who have to work do as well as those who don't, and I've also heard the opposite. My daughter is getting lower grades in college than she did in high school and she says it's just because college is a lot harder. But I think she's working too many hours. Is there any evidence one way or the other?

-L. B., Portland, OR

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A recent report by the State Public Interest Research Group's (PIRG) Higher Education Project supports your thinking on this subject. It's called "At What Cost?: The Price that Working Students Pay for a College Education" and is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.

The study found that nearly half (46%) of all fulltime college students who work are working enough hours (25 or more a week) to hurt their academic achievement. The study also found that the more hours students work, the more likely they are to report a negative effect on their grades and the overall quality of their education.

"For too many students, working has become a barrier rather than a help to advancing their education," said Ellynne Bannon of the State PIRG.

Try to encourage your daughter to. cut back on the hours she is working, if possible. …

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