## Full Time, School and Work?

Right now I work as a server full time. I put in about 40 hours a week on the clock, but I'm usually there at least 43/45 hours a week, depending. A week when I don't go into overtime hasn't happened in a while now.

I want to start school full time in the Spring semester (Undergrad, physics major at my local community college. I plan to transfer after two years), but I can't *not* work. I don't think I can get loans yet, and I'm not sure how much financial aid will cover (My parents can't contribute anything, and I live in another state, so I'm hoping all of community college fees), but I still need to do things like eat, pay rent, get gas, etc.

What I want to know is, has anyone worked full time and gone to school full time? Is it possible to be able to handle it successfully? I've been waiting to go to school for a painfully long time right now, and just had ANOTHER setback - I was supposed to start this fall - but I realize I just can't afford to not be working. Most of the kids I know going to school live with their parents, so if they work part time it's for gas money, fast food, clothes, etc. How much of a disadvantage am I trying to do this? Is it even possible?

I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that it's possible! :P
 Full time job and full time school doesn't leave a whole lot of time for too much else. It can be done, but I'm sure you're already aware of the consequences. If you're putting 40 hours into work, that's 40 hours that are not going into studies or down time. I managed to work through part of undergrad and through graduate school, but I personally found that as soon as I started pushing 20 hours, things got a little too tight for comfort. My marks started to suffer, and more importantly, I had less time to explore the ideas I was interested in and a lot of my physics time was basically just moving from assignment to assignment. The trick is really to balance things out. As a server I assume that you have reasonably flexible hours. That will help. You may want to look elsewhere for a job too - something that pays a little more, or maybe something that will allow you some book time on the job. Another thing is to balance your course load. If you have to dedicate so much time to work, you may have to drop a few courses to make time - maybe take 0.8 of a full course load. Obviously this is not ideal, but it can mean the difference between success and failure.
 work and school do not mix. you will never accomplish everything you want to in school if you have to work at the same time. that said, you gots to do what you gots to do....

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## Full Time, School and Work?

 Quote by SimplySolitary_ Right now I work as a server full time. I put in about 40 hours a week on the clock, but I'm usually there at least 43/45 hours a week, depending. A week when I don't go into overtime hasn't happened in a while now. I want to start school full time in the Spring semester (Undergrad, physics major at my local community college. I plan to transfer after two years), but I can't *not* work. I don't think I can get loans yet, and I'm not sure how much financial aid will cover (My parents can't contribute anything, and I live in another state, so I'm hoping all of community college fees), but I still need to do things like eat, pay rent, get gas, etc. What I want to know is, has anyone worked full time and gone to school full time? Is it possible to be able to handle it successfully? I've been waiting to go to school for a painfully long time right now, and just had ANOTHER setback - I was supposed to start this fall - but I realize I just can't afford to not be working. Most of the kids I know going to school live with their parents, so if they work part time it's for gas money, fast food, clothes, etc. How much of a disadvantage am I trying to do this? Is it even possible? I guess I'm just looking for reassurance that it's possible! :P
I have many adult students that work; my University even specifically caters to 'nontraditional' students by offering night-time sections of required classes (and labs).

It's hard. The students struggle. However, those students are generally more focused, more mature, and more conscientious than many of the 'traditional' students, possibly because they see a clear link between their degree and improving their job situation.

A key step is getting buy-in from your employer. It can be as little as not having overtime, or it can be 'flex-time' allowances, etc.

Good luck!
 Mentor I wish you the best of luck! I worked through college too, and I started out on the path you're trying for. I quickly realized that I couldn't do it...no way, no how. So I went the way of working part time, and schooling part time. Don't put off starting school simply because you can't go full time. Take at least one class. At least then you'll get a good idea of how much college classes take.
 In my experience, working a full time job (as well as family repsonsibilities) is the number one reason people fail out. For the first two years or so you may be able to juggle it (maybe), but it will be at the expense of your education. You are going to have to change it eventually so you can do some serious classes, undergrad research and the like. Lower your expenses by moving and budgeting and fill out that FASFA. I was able to make it without any parent support. I worked as a pizzadriver at about 25 hrs a week during my first two years and as a tutor at about 15 hrs a week for the last two years and ended up $18k in debt at graduation.  could you go to school part time? government aid is usually awarded to students who are at least half time enrolled. i know in my area and in my circumstances, the government aid they gave me was enough to fully pay for my community college experience, and i just went part time. i still go part time and am a mom and work part time as well. it's doable. just know your limits. you don't want to go to school full time just because it feels like that's how you're supposed to go through college. most schools are supportive of non- traditional students like yourself, and understand taking a reduced course load.  Mentor Full time school is a full time job. I have seen people succeed with 3/4 time work and 3/4 time school - which is still a huge amount of work, but I think the odds are much better with working 60 hours a week rather than 80.  I am a financial aid officer at a university. Depending on your age (under 24 or over 24) and how much you made last year, you will be eligible for up to$5350 from the Federal Pell Grant (you can receive this max. amount if you are single, no dependents, over 24, and make less than $10,000 or so/year). The more you make, the less Pell grant you are eligible for in that case. The next form of financial aid is, of course, your federal student loans. If you are an independent student (over 24 or are married, have children you support, in military or legally emancipated from parents) you will be eligible for$3,500 in a subsidized student loan (no interest until 6 mo. after you leave school, then 5.6% fixed) and $6,000 in an unsubsidized student loan (fixed 6.8% interest). There are no payments until 6 mo. after you leave school. This$9,500 limit is per school year, and at a community college should be more than enough to cover tuition and most living expenses (if you are not eligible for the Pell grant). Once you earn 37 credits or more (becoming a sophmore) your total yearly limit will change from $9,500 to$10,500 (if an independent student). Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your situation in particular, and I'd be happy to estimate for you your financial aid amounts to assist you in your decision making.
 Another thought is can you do anything to reduce your expenses so you don't have to work so many hours? Get a roommate, move to a studio apartment, cut cable and all unnecessary bills, etc. I totally agree with the others. Full-time school is a full-time job, especially considering the classes you will take for Physics are the hardest ones that the school will offer. My Chemistry teacher welcomed us to class by telling us that we were now taking the 3rd hardest class at the college - Calc-based Physics and Calculus being the top hardest classes. Definitely look into financial aid! There's lots of help out there. There's also ROTC, where the government pretty much pays for you to go to school and guarantees you a job as an officer when you are done. The only catch is they get to pick what you will be doing from that point...but if it gets you your education and you are flexible it can be a good experience. Good luck! Part-time is a great way to start.

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