Working while attending school is something many college students experience. Last year, Henry Fountain, a freshman at Temple University was working two jobs until he finally quit one of them. As a result, Temple University gave him $4,000.
Going to school while working can be tedious. You have to keep up with your studies, while at the same time balance your work schedule and class schedule. Fountain, now currently a sophomore said “[he] was able to see a dramatic difference” in his studies after he quit one of his jobs.
Currently enrolled in Temple’s first cohort of the “Fly in 4” program, Fountain, like many other students in the program are guaranteed that they will complete their degree on time (4 years) or the university will pay for any remaining coursework that needs to be completed.
Students enrolled in this program are required to sign an agreement stating that they will do the following:
1. Consult with an academic advisor at least once a semester.
2. Register and select courses that are consistent with their academic plan.
3. Notify their academic advisor immediately if a course in their academic plan is not available.
4. Complete at least 30 credits a year.
5. Review graduation requirements for their school/college prior to the start of their senior year.
The goal of the program is to save students time and money by ensuring they graduate in four years. The program also gives those students that need additional financial support $2,000 per semester if they agree to only work at most 15 hours a week.
Current Temple President, Neil Theobald said “he was troubled to learn some students were working 40 hours a week while trying to graduate in four years.” Working full-time to pay tuition actually results in costing students more in the long run. They end up having to extend their time at the university and push back their graduation date.
Studies have found that “nearly half of traditional-aged students work while enrolled in college,” and that working more than 20 hours a week can significantly lower grades. However, researchers have found that “students that work [between] 10 to 15 hours per week are actually more likely to earn higher grades than those who don’t work at all.”
The “Fly in the 4” program limits the number of hours a student enrolled in the program is able to work and provides them with the financial assistance that is equivalent to what they would be making if they were to work 30 hours a week.
Reducing the number of hours a student has to work frees up time and “[…] need to earn money, so they can reallocate that time to course work and to staying on track to graduate.”
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For more information click here to read the original article, “Paid Not to Work?” from Inside Higher Ed.
For more information about Temple’s Fly in 4 program, click here.