Working One’s Way through College while Earning Minimum Wage

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The following map was included in an article by Libby Nelson, published by Vox. The map originally appeared in an article by Sandhya Kambhampati and Meredith Myers in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It shows how long it would take a student working half-time at a minimum wage job to earn enough to cover one year’s worth of tuition and fees at the average public university.

Map--Working One's Way thru College

In two states, the student would have to work eight to ten years to pay the tuition and fees for four years. In thirteen states, the student would have to work six to eight years. And in twenty-six states, the student would have to work four to six years to do so.

In 2014, the tuition and fees at public universities averaged $9,139 for in-state students. But room and board at public universities averaged $9,804. So, to cover room and board in…

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