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How does work-study work?

I am applying to several colleges and want to know if work-study or getting a job off campus is better. #education #workstudy #financial-aid #college #federal-work-study

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Abby’s Answer

Hi Esmeradla! I’m sorry no one’s answered your question yet. We're working hard to get it answered by Professionals with the best insights, but in the meantime I've included a link to a relevant Q&A here on that should be super helpful for you to read through.

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Work studies are jobs you can have while your are a college student. More specifically, they are jobs that are offered to students as part of a financial aid package. If you are eligible for financial aid, a college may offer you a package that covers part or all of your tuition and room and board costs. That package may include scholarship money and work study as another. For example, you may be given a package that is $10,000 in total, which is made of $8,000 of scholarship money and $2,000 that you can earn through work study. That means, you will have to find one of the work study jobs available on campus (which in my experience, included things as simple as sorting books at the library and as interesting as a research position in a lab), and earn up to $2,000 which can be used to pay for your expenses...

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Avanti’s Answer

Hi Esmeradla,

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. it purely depends on the situation you are in.
However it is always better you study a full time course and then start working - reason being, you are able to focus better on your studies and once you get a fair hang of the theory, you are able to understand the practicality of things better when you start working.
On the other hand, when you work while you study, not many people are able to multitask with such efficiency that both fronts are managed. Either of the things get hampered.

On a more scaled down note, if you get a part time job in your university or somewhere close, it's good for you as a first hand experience to understand the work life and also help you get some funds for your expenses.

Hope this helps :)

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Simeon’s Answer

Assuming the same hours and pay, work-study is way superior. You can get study time back if you work in a dorm lobby or a library. You can get lots of free food if you work at the cafeteria. I was able to do both and it was a big boon to both my undergraduate and graduate studies. It helped me connect the dots financially while living in college as well. Plus, you save yourself hours of time commuting to and from campus and don't have to deal with quite the same stress/pressure from having a real job off-campus.