Earn while you learn

November 20th, 2006 by admin

If you are looking for a way to excel as a student and still manage your expenses, you might benefit from work programs offered through your college. Many schools offer part-time student hourly positions, as well as work-study programs for full- and part-time students.

Work study vs. student hourly positions
There is a key difference between student hourly jobs and federal work-study jobs. Student hourly positions are available for both those who qualify for financial aid and those who do not. Federal work-study programs are provided for students with demonstrated financial need. If you receive any form of federal financial aid, you may qualify for federal work-study programs. These work-study programs provide students with part-time employment opportunities to meet college costs.

Working can enhance your education

Whether employed on-campus in a federal work-study program or off-campus, students can benefit from working while in school. Many schools offer positions ranging from administrative or office assistant to lab or research technician. These jobs are designed to accommodate the busy student’s hectic schedule.

It is possible to find a job that is geared toward your major that will add an impressive line to your resume. Or you could work as a computer lab monitor or receptionist where you are encouraged to do homework in your downtime. Imagine getting paid to do your schoolwork! Many work-study positions make it possible.

Not all positions offered to college students are run-of-the-mill. Students can find work as personal trainers or lifeguards at the school fitness center; game monitors for the physical education department; or tutors in the creative writing, math or science labs.

Working can help you pay for school
Most student jobs pay an hourly wage, which is at least the federal minimum wage. However, many positions held by college students offer starting pay upwards of $8 per hour. The wage often varies according to your experience level and skill set. Check and see what positions your school offers. It might be smart for your budget, your grades and your schedule!

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