Why do a Work-Study Program?

The financial and future benefits of a Work-Study Program.

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Combining work and school can be quite a lot of responsibilities for a student to take on, but the benefits are very valuable. A Work-study program takes more of a student’s time, but also gives the student an easier ability to pay for a four-year university. Being part of a work-study program also gives the student the opportunity to have a much more competitive resume upon graduation.  A Work-study program will typically have the work hours done on college campus so there is no need to worry about transportation after class. But of course taking work-study will most likely mean the student will not have the same time to spend studying, so there are definitely costs to choosing work-study.

Being in a work-study program firstly allows a student to partially pay themselves through college. This can help prevent the student from acquiring too much in student loan debt in the process of going to school.  This added income also can give the student a modest amount of spending money to buy food or entertainment.  The money from working can also help purchase textbooks and school supplies. Being how college students are typically pretty low on money to begin with, the added income from a work-study program can be very valuable to a college student. For students going to a four-year university, they need as much finance as they can get to pay for college, these students can benefit highly with work-study programs.

Work-study makes a graduated student’s resume look very appealing to employers. To be able to balance the demands of school and work together look really good to employers that want workers who can manage a diverse set of tasks in the work place. Also, doing a work-study program can make it drastically easier to find a job right after graduation. A resume that includes work-study in it is most likely going to outshine a resume that only included work or school. So work-study can definitely help find a job out of college.

Being how work-study programs can be done on campus, it is possible to have a very convenient job in terms of location. A student can work a walks distance away from where their classes are. This makes for a very smooth transition from class to work. Assuming a student already wants to work during college, it can fit

The work-study programs are typically able to be taken outside of campus too. It is potentially possible to get a work-study job that aligns with the major of the student. This would allow a student to be able to potentially even gain school credit for their work. Even if class credit cannot be received from the time working, it is still possible to gain an even more competitive resume.  If a student has a work-study job that is related to his or her major, it will be even more likely for them to receive a job upon graduating.

Another benefit that work-study gives is that it provides income that does not affect financial aid eligibility. This is a major benefit because working in regular jobs would directly lower the amount of financial aid support that the student could receive. A Work-study program combined with grants can make it so that a student can easily pay his or her way through an affordable college.  Work-study can provide income in the thousands, all of this income can be used directly to school tuition so that a student can avoid the need to take loans.

Being in work-study also can train the student for the way life will feel outside of college in a typical 9-5 job. In a typical full time job, there is a large chunk of time that is dedicated to working and all social activities need to be made to fit around it. This trains the student so that when he or she is out of college, they already have an idea of what to expect when going into the work world.  This training can be very valuable so that the student can simply leave college, get to work and perform.

When considering a Work-Study program, it is worth also noting the negatives that come along with doing work-study. When doing work-study, there will be less time for friends, family, and rest. This isolation away from close ones can be hard to bear and can lead to mood problems.  Doing work-study can also make a working student more exhausted during class. Work-study can also mean that there will be less time to study for classes to begin with. These are all very important factors to consider if you want to join work-study

Work study can take away the majority of a student’s free time and force that student to lose sleep.  If a student is busy with school and adding in work too, it can be difficult to fill in time for friends and family. Everyone needs time to be social, so being filled up in time may lead a student to ditch sleep for social activities. And this can lead to the student drinking excessive coffee or energy drinks to maintain the level of engagement to handle the day. Of course if the student does work-study on a very part-time basis and manages his or her time as efficiently as possible, they can hope to have a rewarding social life combined with schooling and work-study.

All-in-all, work-study provides a series of benefits to whichever student may be interested in trying it. It can help pay for college with income that doesn’t negate financial aid. Work-study helps getting a job out of college by making a resume more competitive. Be aware that with work-study you will be more drained on time for friends and family. Being on a work-study program could definitely mean making some sacrifices. Although there are definite costs to work-study, there are more than enough positives to motivate plenty of students to take part in the program. So if you have free time outside of school and wish to fill it with something productive, be sure to sign up for a work-study program available at your college.

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