ERIC Number: ED421042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Undergraduates Who Work. National Postsecondary Student Aid Study, 1996.
Horn, Laura J.
This study used data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to examine issues concerning undergraduate students who worked while enrolled in postsecondary education during 1995-96. Unlike earlier studies of student employment, this study distinguished between undergraduates who work primarily to pay for their schooling and those who have established employment which they combine with postsecondary study. About one-half of undergraduates identified themselves as students who work; 29 percent identified themselves as employees who study; and the remaining did not work while enrolled. Students who worked reported working an average of 25 hours per week. Students in four-year institutions or students attending full time were more likely to report working 15 or fewer hours and less likely to report working full time than counterparts enrolled in two-year institutions or those attending part-time. Overall, more than one in four students who worked felt that work adversely affected their academic program. Students working 15 or fewer hours were much less likely than students working more hours to report that work limited their class choices, their class schedules, the number of classes they could take, or access to the library. There was also a clear relationship between academic persistence and work intensity and some indication that students may substitute working for money borrowing. Data re presented in nine tables and charts. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Higher Education, Paying for College, Student Employment, Tables (Data), Undergraduate Students
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.