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Are you a full-time or part-time college student?

What made you decide you wanted to go to school either part-time or full-time?
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Billi’s Answer

I went to school as a full-time student for financial reasons and to be able to get my degree quicker so I could start making big money and pay off my debt quicker. When you go to school as a full-time student (12+ credit hours), universities typically charge you a flat rate meaning that classes are free beyond those 12 credit hours. Also, any scholarships that you may receive are typically only applicable to a full-time student. This may be something you want to check into. I tried to stick around 15-17 semester hours a semester while also being able to hold a part-time job working 20 hours a week. You have to test the waters to find what works best for you, but I found that this range was very doable every semester for myself while also being involved in outside activities and maintaining a social life.
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Eliza’s Answer

Hi!
I am currently in college full time and although it is a large time commitment I think it's worth it to be able to graduate in less time. I am able to work part-time and balance school even as a stem major. If you are planning on working full time I would definitely say to do part-time but I have even heard of people who work two part-time jobs on top of full-time college and are able to manage it. It honestly depends a lot on your time management skills but I also think taking on a lot of responsibilities can help to build those skills.
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi E G! I personally went to school full time, I did hold down some part time positions to help me out financially. Part or full time does vary in terms of your own personal life, there are some individuals who have full time careers and take on college part time- if you are a new undergrad and do not have major responsibilities that may intercept with your ability to be full time, then I would be full time. If you are a part time student I would just watch out financial aid, I believe if the credits drop below 12 then your aid can be affected as well. If you are looking for a part time job on campus, I would recommend work study and other campus related positions situated for students, it can definitely help out with some necessities and keep you balanced financially!
I hope this helps! I wish you the best!
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Rohan’s Answer

I am a full-time student because I have the money to do it. Yes I'm being honest here. If you can afford college full-time, do it! You must be standing on your own feet by age 22. You cannot rely on your parents to spoon-feed you. If you cannot attend college full-time, get a job at McDonalds or get a job that you're good at. You cannot be lazy all the time. Adulthood is a rude reminder that things are not free. You must educate yourself in order to earn as an adult.
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Peter’s Answer

Great Question! Unfortunately the answer isn't so simple. There are many factors that would help you decide to enroll full time or part time for college. Some of those factors will be purely financially based: Can you afford to go to school full-time and either not work at all or work part-time to support yourself? Or do you need to work while taking courses, and what is the balance between school time and work time you need?

Just as important is what you are going to school for. Different career paths require different lengths of study, so you could possibly complete your degree on a schedule that mixes work and study, and possibly have that work be in the field you are earning a degree for.

Decide what it is you want to do for a career, research how much study/schooling is needed for that, and then make a schedule that works for you financially, personally, and within your own preset goals.

Best of luck!
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Brianna’s Answer

I'm currently a full-time college student, and I made the decision to go full-time because I was able to work out the financials of it, and have the privilege of focusing fully on my degree. Of course, financial aids and my family's help came along with that, and I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity to stay in college as a full-time student.
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Joseph’s Answer

Easy decision. Parents. I am lucky to have parents which didn't give me a choice also to have Sisters which are competitive. College was the best experience one can have in life. Pass or fail never stop going to achieve your goal of that degree. Now, college is not for everyone but if you do not select that path make sure you become the best you can in whatever you choose.
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Rebecca’s Answer

I have been both a full time and part time student when I was in the college. When I studying my undergraduate degree, I was a full time student. Having said that, I also worked on some part time jobs. When I studying my post graduate, I was a part time student.
From my past experience, there is both pros and cons of being a full time and part time study. It really depends on the stages you are at and your expectation.
To be a full time student, you are more focus on your study and you can look for doing some part time jobs on your spare time. Financial speaking, the income of part time job would not as good as full time job. However, you can complete your degree earlier given you can complete more credits in same period of time.
To be a part time student, you would be more financially flexible. Like what I have mentioned above, the income of a full time job is better. But, the time you can spend on your study would be less. You can only attend class and work on your assignments after work. It would be tough. However, you can still again working experience at the same time.
I would recommend to be a full time student when studying undergraduate course and be a part time student when studying post graduate course.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Marcin’s Answer

I was studying full-time at bachelors degree and for me it was a waste of time.
More reasonable is to study part-time and have normal work alongside. You will get much more experience with will be helpful in getting better position.
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