Putting Work Study to Work
Grace Gedye, Washington Monthly Magazine
The federal work study program is one of the oldest federal aid programs around. Created in the mid-1960s, its goal is to help low-income students work their way through college. But the program hasn’t kept pace with the changing economics of higher education.
To capitalize on the strengths of federal work study, lawmakers need to correct a glaring injustice baked into the core of the program: Rich, expensive, elite private schools get a huge share of the money, but educate few of the low-income students who most need it. The community colleges and public four-year universities that do serve the less wealthy don’t get nearly as much funding per student.