Impact on Academics
According to the College Foundation of North Carolina, college students who work more than 20 hours per week are more likely to suffer academically than those who work 10 to 15 hours. In fact, working 15 hours or less can actually improve grades. Working students must figure out a way to juggle work with academics so the latter doesn't suffer. This is especially important for students who have scholarships or other financial aid that requires maintaining a specific grade point average. Working students who start to feel overwhelmed should speak to their employers. Sometimes a slight change in a student's work schedule is all that’s needed to put her back on track academically.
Students receiving financial aid might qualify for an on-campus job as part of a work-study program. Those who don’t participate in work-study should inquire at facilities that need part-time workers such as campus cafes or dining halls, libraries, testing centers, computer labs and academic departments. The obvious advantage of working on campus is proximity to classes.
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