I just transferred to a 4 year university from a community college. I got all of my gen. ed and core engineering classes out of the way at the community college while working 28 hours a week. It was a challenging balance, but I managed just fine. The difference now is not so much the difficulty of the classes, but the amount of extra-curriculars and projects I'm becoming involved in. There are just too many opportunities at a university to justify working to the point of barely having enough time to finish homework, especially with employers looking for project-oriented students. Has anyone had success with part-time, engineering related work while pursuing their degree. I'm very drawn to the idea of Solidworks freelancing and am getting my certification soon, but the start up costs ($5,000 annually) make it a foolish part-time investment. I'm already seeking co-op's, but I'd really like to work during the school year as well.