The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

THE MYTH OF WORKING YOUR WAY THROUGH COLLEGE: “[T]he average student in 1979 could work 182 hours (a part-time summer job) to pay for a year’s tuition. In 2013, it took 991 hours (a full-time job for half the year) to accomplish the same.”  The rising cost of college tuition is a disincentive for students to work before and during college.  After all, what’s the use of busting one’s buns over the summer (or during the semester) to make a small dent in the tuition bill?  Why not let that student loan balance ride until you’ve finished your degree and landed that high-paying job?


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