College Planning: Is Less Expensive Tuition on Your Holiday Wish List
BY: Brent Landrum
Finding Win-Win Opportunities
- Location: A majority of work study jobs are located right on campus, which is great for those students who do not have access to a vehicle. You also save on gas money if the student doesn’t have to drive to and from their job!
- Financial: The student can earn money to put toward tuition costs or any other expenses. Use of your paycheck isn’t limited to tuition, which allows for a little more flexibility. For those students who have not had to worry about the concept of working and paying bills, this is a great introduction to the concept before graduation.
- Experience: Work study can be an opportunity for the student to gain experience related to their academic studies. For example, a graphic design major could find a work study job in the communications department creating various PR pieces for their school. Think of this type of work as added experience for a resume after graduation. If you find the right fit, your work study job can offer similar benefits compared to an internship.
- Employer benefits: If the student likes where they are working or are with a company that is related to their field of study, find out if there are tuition reimbursement options. Some employers may find the possibility of retaining an employee long-term through such assistance programs a sound investment.
- Time dedication: Putting in your time at a job while still a student or shortly after graduation can earn the student valued experience and leverage within a company.
- Non-traditional benefits: As someone who took some time off from college and then went back to school after working full-time, I can attest to the fact that tuition reimbursement can be a great tool for paying tuition and making your time away from school even more valuable.