Working while in college is common, but it can affect student success in different ways. Many students may balance work and school comfortably with some even benefiting academically from the experience. For others, work may involve irregular hours that conflict with course availability, require long commutes, limit day care options, and physically or emotionally drain the student.
- Most students work while attending college. (Q29)
- Three-quarters of respondents at 2-year institutions indicated that they work for pay, as did 69 percent of 4-year respondents.
- Respondents at 2-year institutions who worked were more likely to report working 40 or more hours while attending college. (Q130)
- More than a third of respondents at 2-year institutions who work for pay report working 40 or more hours a week. Only 19 percent of 4-year respondents who work for pay report that they work 40 or more hours.
Q29: Do you work for pay?
Q129: Do you consider yourself a student who works or a worker that goes to school? (of respondents who reported they work for pay)
Q130: During the school year, about how many hours do you spend in a typical 7-day week working for pay? (of respondents who reported they work for pay)
Q131-134: If your work hours have changed in the past year, what was the main reason? (of respondents who reported they work for pay)*
Busy students juggling work and/or family obligations need more flexible course schedules. Many colleges use student feedback to ensure that courses – especially gateway courses – are available at early and/or late hours that better accommodate student work routines.