Monday, December 28, 2015

Should college students be required to work to finance their educations? - Adela Soliz, Brookings Institution

There is a growing interest in proposals to make college affordable for students without requiring that they take on large amounts of debt. To this end, two of the Democratic candidates for president have put forth plans to improve college affordability which include having students work while enrolled. O’Malley has proposed expanding the Federal Work-Study Program and making work-study jobs more career-focused. Clinton’s college affordability plan calls for students to work 10 hours a week. Finally, the Lumina Foundation’s Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education, which was released at the end of the summer and discussed during a recent convening , also calls for students to work the equivalent of 10 hours per week while enrolled in college.

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