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Author(s):Zomer, S
Title:Working too hard to make the grade: How fewer work hours and more financial aid can help California community college students succeed
Organization:California Public Interest Research Group
Short Description:One of the factors contributing to low success rates among California commuunity college students is the number of hours that students work at their jobs. To cover their costs, students work long hours, negatively affecting their academic performance. At the same time, existing sources of aid are being underutilized.
Annotation:One of the factors contributing to low success rates among California commuunity college students is the number of hours that students work at their jobs. While community college is generally perceived as being the low-cost college option—and the system has been able to keep its fees extremely low—fees are only a small fraction of the full cost of attendance for a community college student. To cover their costs, students work long hours, negatively affecting their academic performance. At the same time, existing sources of aid are being underutilized. CALPIRG surveyed 2,679 students on campuses across the state to find out more about students’ work habits, their understanding of financial aid and how these factors might affect their academic success.
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Community Colleges
Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Employment and Workforce Development
Low-Income Students
Non-traditional Students
State-Level Information
Student Success

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Diversity, school, family, and community connections
The seventh generation: Native students speak about finding the good path
Talent Development Middle Schools
Coercive mobility and crime: A preliminary examination of concentrated incarceration and social disorganization
American Indian higher education consortium
Recession, retrenchment, and recovery: State higher education funding and student financial aid volume II
Ithaca College - Frederick Douglass Academy Partnership
Accelerated learning options: A promising strategy for states
Trends in college pricing 2006
Position paper on the reauthorization of higher education act
Federal Pell Grant program of the Higher Education Act: Background and reauthorization
Campus-based student financial aid programs under the higher education act
Federal student aid need analysis: Background and selected simplification issues
The money manual: A personal finance guide from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
How do financial aid policies affect colleges? The institutional impact of the Georgia HOPE scholarship
Unintended admission consequences of federal aid for homeschoolers
The promise and practice of employer educational assistance programs: 2004 State of the field strategies and trends
A new way on school integration
Promoting school readiness through universal preschool
Ladders of learning: Fighting fade-out by advancing pK-3 alignment
Tracking achievement gaps and assessing the impact of NCLB on the gaps
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
College grants on a postcard: A proposal for simple and predictable federal student aid
College on credit: How borrowers perceive their education debt
The context of "choice" in college pathways
Thinking outside the box: Policy strategies for readiness, access, and success
Costs, prices, and affordability
Paying for college: A brief look at student financial aid programs
Using EPAS™ to evaluate school-based intervention programs: GEAR UP
Using EXPLORE® and PLAN® Data to Evaluate GEAR UP Programs
Setting students' sights on college: Chicago public schools
College: Making It Happen
Developing your vision while attending college
African American students and U.S. high schools
Back to school: Federal student aid policy and adult college enrollment