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Working can lower college costs, improve professional contacts

Michigan Daily offices on the U-M campus.

10/24/11 Students prep the next day's issue of the Michigan Daily at the Student Publications Building during a "Day in the Life" of the University of Michigan on October 24, 2011.

Because of U-M’s academic reputation, many families and students assume that it is unwise to work during the academic year.  Studies show that students who work a modest number of hours per week will, on average:

  • have higher grade point averages
  • graduate at a faster rate
  • be less likely to drop out and
  • accrue more job skills to include on their resumes

Working students become more organized and manage their time better. Employment also exposes students to mentor-type relationships and opens opportunities in professional fields. Working can also help you avoid additional borrowing during your time at U-M.

Did you receive a Work-Study award in your financial aid package this year? Work-Study is a federal financial aid program that allows students to earn a paycheck by working part-time during the academic year. Employers receive a federal subsidy for employing Work-Study students, so often hire under this program. Students may earn up to the amount awarded.

Find a Work-Study job through the U-M Student Employment website: Jobs are also available here for students who did not receive Work-Study awards, but who want to work part-time while they are attending college.

If you have questions about your overall financial aid, contact us at 734-763-6600 or If you have questions about the process of finding a job, our Student Employment office can assist at 734-763-4128 or by emailing