As families review financial aid awards one of the common questions is whether the student should accept a work award. Typically, schools will provide that a student may take a job working 10-15 hours a week while attending college. The money can be used to help pay costs such as tuition, room and board.
While the extra money is nice, families often wonder if working while going to college will make academic success more difficult. Studies indicate that working more than 15 hours per week makes a student less likely to graduate in four years. However, working less than 15 hours per week has little effect on academic performance and in fact some studies indicate that working a few hours a week may help a students performance.
As long as a student limits the amount of hours to less than 15 hours per week there shouldn’t be a problem with keeping up with academics.