Work-Study in the USA
If you thought about studying in the USA, you may have paused when you saw the price tag associated with your degree. Many colleges and universities have expensive tuition rates, especially for international students who pay out of state tuition. Tuition rates have been growing steadily year after year, and this does not even include the added cost for books, health insurance, room and board, and transportation.
For many students, this can be a hurdle, forcing students to save money for years, rely on other funding sources, or delay their dream of a US education. But, wouldn't it be nice if you could work and study at the same time? Now, a growing number of schools are offering a specialized Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program that gives students the unique opportunity to work from the moment they arrive on campus. These programs are also known as work study.
Earn Money While Earning a Degree
Working while studying can be a great opportunity to earn money while in the US, and international students can expect to make at least minimum wage. Although this will not be enough to fund all of your education it can certainly help offset the cost. Before participating in a Work Study program it's important to also make sure you understand the demands of your courses and manage your schedule. Along with providing you extra cash and experience on your resume, Work Study programs allow you the opportunity to practice English in a professional environment, helping you to prepare for work after college.
If you’re looking for help finding a program, there are organizations that can assist. For example, F-1 Visa Advisors, Inc, partners with several host institutions that offer both a Master's degree programs and the option to work or participate in an internship.