Working during college is a way for students to help pay for college. However, working too much has always been known to be a cause of students not graduating on time. But what is too much? And what other aspects of college life may be effected by working?
Inside Higher Ed has examined two recent studies which examined how different amounts of work impacts students grades and other educational experiences.
Among the findings is that working more than 20 hours per week during college negatively impacts a students grades. This has been documented before in past studies and some negative impact can be seen in working more than 10 hours per week during college.
Also of interest was the finding that for students working less than 20 hours per week, those working on campus had higher grades while those working off campus had lower grades.
The takeaway from these articles? Work less than 20 hours per week (I recommend 10 hours a week or less) and try to find a job on campus. With that approach, you can make money and get better grades. Can’t beat that!