Students are getting paid to take it easy. College costs continue to rise, as does the burden that taxpayers shoulder for financing higher education. Not only do taxpayers bear the cost of loan defaults, they also pay for loan forgiveness programs, which have been expanded.
But what are taxpayers getting for their expense? Mostly they are making it easier for college students to take it easy, according to research by Lindsey Burke, Jamie Bryant Hall, and Mary Clare Reim. They write: “The combined education and work effort of the average non-employed, full-time college student (25.8 hours per week) most closely matches that of a non-student, part-time employee (22.9 hours per week), but remains substantially less than that of a high school student (34.0 hours per week) or even a part-time employee, part-time college student (33.8 hours per week).”
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