Many students don't fit the stereotype of someone who attends a four-year institution full-time and doesn't have a job, Broton says. Rather, about 40 percent of students these days are working in addition to going to school. And nearly 1 in 4 are parents.
Adding to the stress is the fact that while tuition and fees continue to rise, financial aid hasn't kept pace. In the 2017-18 school year, after accounting for grant aid and tax benefits, full-time students at two-year colleges had to cover $8,070 in room and board, on average, while those at four-year public institutions faced an average $14,940 in room, board, tuition and fees.
Just remember kids, if GDP growth is over 4% it must mean things are great all over!
One of my community colleges shares a zipcode with Microsoft. I walk past the pantry every day. It hit me almost as hard as all the active shooter warnings everywhere. The narrative all the cranky grown-ups push is these spoiled kids that have never worked and show up to job interviews wearing flip flops but I had a friend who was always late on Wednesdays because the Chipotle shift he worked to help his parents make rent overlapped with his classes.