Question of the Day (Updated): What percent of teens expect to work part-time while in college?

Aug 26, 2020
Question of the Day, Paying for College

Answer: 43%


  • Do you plan to work part-time while in college? If so, how many hours do you want to work? 
  • If you don't plan to work part-time while in college, what jobs/internships do you want to pursue during the summer?
  • How much do you want to save from your part-time job/internships?
  • What do you think is the optimal number of hours for working a part-time job without impacting your studies? 

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Behind the numbers (U.S. Department of Commerce):

Many undergraduate students ages 16 to 64 are employed at the same time they are in enrolled in school. In 2018, the percentage of undergraduate students who were employed was higher among part-time students (81 percent) than among full-time students (43 percent).


For more resources relating to working in college, check out the NGPF Unit on Paying for College.


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.