Learning And Earning: Working In College
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|Learning and Earning: working in college
LEARNING AND EARNING:
WORKING IN COLLEGE
JONATHAN M. ORSZAG
PETER R. ORSZAG
DIANE M. WHITMORE
OMMISSIONED BY UPROMISE, INC.
• Students are increasingly likely to work while in college. Since 1984, the fraction of
college students aged 16 to 24 who also work full- or part-time has increased from 49
to 57 percent. Not only are students more likely to work today, but they are more
likely to work full-time: the share of students working full-time while going to school
full-time has nearly doubled, rising from 5.6 percent in 1985 to 10.4 percent in 2000.
In 2000, 828,000 full-time students worked full-time, compared to 366,000 in 1985.
• Working students can be categorized into two groups: those who primarily identify
themselves as students but who work in order to pay the bills, and those who are first
and foremost workers who also take some college classes. Almost two-thirds of
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