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Balancing Work and Learning: Implications for Low-Income Students

In August 2018, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (Georgetown Center) published a new report examining college students who work while enrolled. This report "explores the impact of hours worked, types of work, and completion rates by education level between low-income and higher-income working learners" and was written by Anthony P. Carnevale, Director of the Georgetown Center, and Nicole Smith, Chief Economist of the Georgetown Center. The researchers found that low-income students, who make up 43 percent of the working student body nationwide, tend to work more hours and have jobs unrelated to their studies and "as a result, are less likely than their higher-income peers to get good grades and attain bachelor's degrees or any credential at all." By contrast, higher-income working college students tend to work fewer hours and have better access to resume-building positions like internships while enrolled. Interested readers can download the full 40-page report or its 12-page executive summary as PDFs, and they can also view a PowerPoint presentation and a brief video summarizing the report.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-09-14
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