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2013 College Student Pulse, a new survey jointly released by Seventeen & Citi on college finances, revealed some very interesting information about college students working and paying for the many costs of college.

 

The survey, in which YouGov polled 1000+ high school seniors and college students, further confirms that students are carrying an increased burden of college costs. [The Sallie Mae study we covered on Monday shared a similar finding]

 

The headline you may have seen in various media this week is that nearly 4 in 5 college students work a job while in school and that those students work, on average, 19 hours per week.

 

It should not be surprising that the majority of students work while in college. As has been published elsewhere, the burden of work and the need to work to pay for college costs causes many students to leave college without a degree (see this Gates Foundation study for more information on this topic). 

 

The 2013 College Student Pules does provide two areas of particular interest. The first is how different this study and the Sallie Mae How America Pays for College 2013 study seem to be on the percentage of tuition paid by various funding sources.

 

Here’s Sallie Mae’s:

fig 1, sallie mae how america pays 2013

 

And here’s 2013 College Student Pulse‘s:

fig 1, seventeen & citi tuition sources

 

The former says grants & scholarships fund ~30% of costs, while the latter says it forms ~57% of costs. This is a considerable gap. Some of the differences are almost certainly due to 2013 College Student Pulse categorizing some forms of borrowing as financial aid. As it seems that the detailed 2013 College Student Pulse is not yet available, so we cannot yet fully account for the differences. 

 

The second fascinating set of data comes from how students spend the money they earn, as well as how students and parents divide expenses.

 

2013 College Student Pulse has a pretty handy infographic to detail this info. See below for yourself which college costs students and parents respectively cover, as well as information about how students are cutting costs, and where students learn about money.

 

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