Census data reveals one in five undergraduates worked full time in 2011
Some men and women of faith choose to enroll at Christian colleges and universities while working full-time jobs. The financial pressure many people feel does not stop them from pursuing their goals and furthering their careers through education. These individuals are not alone, as new analyses of data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that one in five undergraduate students balanced studies with full-time work in 2011.
Although not all undergraduates worked full-time in 2011, more than 70 percent had part-time jobs to help make ends meet.
Undergraduates were not the only ones working hard during their studies. The report indicates that almost half of graduate students also worked full-time while pursuing their qualifications, and more than 80 percent worked at least part-time while they completed their graduate studies.
The changing economic dynamics of earning a degree in a challenging financial climate is something that individuals considering enrolling at Christian colleges and universities should be aware of. While many students rely on merit- and need-based financial aid such as scholarships and grants, in some cases student loans alone may not be enough for students to live on. Men and women of faith should examine their financial commitments and factor the cost of living into their decision when applying for financial aid.