From another thread in this realm of the forum: This has nothing to do with HAC...but rather a goal of "the student not having to work." When I counsel parents of prospective college students, and the students themselves, I will usually encourage them to work. Why? Let's face it: we're wired to work. It's what man has been doing since God built the garden. And a 19 year-old is certainly old enough IMO to get going in that area, in most cases. In my experience & observations (21 years in student ministry), most students do better when they have to work some. Obviously, there's a "tipping point" in which time cruches, fatigue, etc. will begin to hurt, not help. But a work schedule often forces one to manage one's time better. I know I was a better student when working than when I didn't. It prepares a student for "real life" sooner...it helps avoid what has become a concern to many: the prolonging of adolescence into the mid-twenties....or later. When a student works, it means that they can assist in paying for their education, which usually IMO causes them to value it more. You value something you buy more than when something is simply given to you. When paired with some good money management skills (another soapbox of mine), it helps students avoid "stupid debt" that puts them financially on the wrong foot right off the bat. I do have some caveats to this suggestion: Obviously, some folks are more ready to work more hours than others. A student who is just barely able to do the work must be very careful about overload. But I don't think there's that many of these. There are a very few majors in which the coursework is so demanding that work is difficult. But, as one who was for much of my college career a chemical engineering/computer science double-major, I can attest that there are very few courses of study (IMO) to which that applies. When one gets into internship/residency issues, that can obviously preclude work. Anyway...a lot of post, and now ya'll discuss: Do you think it's a good idea for most college students to work? Why or why not? (taking into account the wide varieties of students/workloads, etc.)...What's a good weekly amount of hours for one to work? Should some of a student's check help pay for expenses (whether it be books, tuition, room/board, etc.), or should it be "their money?" Talk to me. :thumbs: EDIT: I did not mean to sound critical of SFmama...God has called her, not me, to raise her daughter. If she bathed that decision in prayer and was led that way, so be it. I simply used her example because it served as a good "jumping off spot" for said discussion.