CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas— Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been ranked 8th among colleges in Texas and listed among the “2016 best schools nationally for Federal Work-Study (FWS) annual earnings per worker.” These rankings were published by Student Loan Report to reveal existing FWS trends and to bring recognition to the top colleges in each state.
“I believe this school is doing really well in providing financial assistance to students as well as helping them excel in their academics. Judging from my research findings, most universities out there do not give so much,” said Olumide Adeoye Adetunji, public administration major who also works part-time in the office of academic affairs at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
FWS is a government funded program in the United States that assists students across college campuses to get compensated through working in positions available on campus. Usually, funds given to eligible students help pay for their education expenses including tuition and fees, room and board as well as books and supplies. In addition to earning extra cash for college expenses, work-study participants often pick up professional skills and build their network.
“I think the FWS program is valuable because participants have the initial experience of being in a work place," said Deborah Decillo Teixeira, a communication major who also works part-time at the College of Liberal Arts at A&M-Corpus Christi. “Participants might not get a job in their area of study but they are able to learn work ethics, how to be productive, how to have a good working relationship with a boss and how to meet deadlines.”
Working while in college comes with its challenges and students often have to decide if they can balance part-time employment with a busy class schedule.
“I will not pretend that it is easy to combine work with school,” said Adetunji. “However, life is full of challenges and we must prepare today for the challenges that lie ahead. Imagine holding a management position in the future and having to deal with thousands of issues; by properly managing two or three tasks today, I will be better prepared for any overload in the future.”
According to Student Loan Report, the selection criteria involved only colleges who participated in the FWS program. Colleges were required to report data from any of the 2012 – 2015 academic calendars. Individual yearly earnings per worker from the institution’s FWS program were then analyzed to see which universities and colleges provided the best opportunities in the nation through their participation in the FWS program. The Island University met these requirements with 117 jobs and an annual average of $3,725 in earnings per worker.
To be eligible for FWS, participants must qualify based on need and attend a FWS participating school. For more application information, visit http://osfa.tamucc.edu/apply.html