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Summer jobs help high school and college students keep up with expenses

Summer jobs help high school and college students keep up with expenses

July 15, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

A large portion of Matt Brody's earnings from his summer job at The Big Dipper in Hagerstown will help cover his college costs this fall, he said.

"I just keep saving and saving to help pay for my dorm and food and have some spending money," said Brody, 18, of Williamsport. "I'll take some money with me and give some to my mom for safe-keeping."

Brody - who will attend the University of Delaware in September - is among many college and high school students working in the Tri-State area to help pay for school costs and other expenses.


They are spending the summer months working at jobs indoors and out - serving customers at area resorts and restaurants, working as lifeguards at community pools, ringing up purchases at retail establishments, guiding tourists on river rafting trips, baby-sitting and helping other students prepare for school at institutions they attend.

Hagerstown Community College student Wendy Browning this summer added activities aide to her list of job duties at the school.

Browning, 24, of Greencastle, Pa., works at HCC's information center year-round. She picked up extra hours in the activities office this summer to help pay for books and other expenses for the fall semester, she said.

Summer jobs help students like Browning pay college costs - including tuition and fees, room and board and books - not covered by grants, loans or help from their families.

It cost full-time undergraduate students nationwide an average of $10,800 during the 1995-96 school year to attend public, four-year institutions and about $20,000 to attend private colleges, according to the most recent figures available from the National Center for Education Statistics.

The average net price for attendance - the total price reduced by all grants - was $15,100 per year at private colleges and $9,400 at public institutions, according to the NCES Web site.

Holly Lechliter of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., is working full-time as a waitress at The Woods Resort & Conference Center in Berkeley County, W.Va., this summer to help pay her estimated $35,000 annual tuition at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., she said.

Lechliter, 19, hopes to save about $7,000 to pay education costs not covered by scholarships and assistance from her family, she said.

Amy Wastler of Frederick, Md., is working three jobs this summer to pay her bills while attending classes at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., she said.

Her parents pay for school but she must pay for her new car and other expenses not related to school that add up during the school year, said Wastler, 20. A nursing student who will begin clinical work for college credits this fall, she will only have time to work on the weekends when the semester starts, she said.

Many high school students also depend on income from summer jobs to help pay for school-related expenses.

South Hagerstown High School sophomore Ashlee Goodie's baby-sitting duties have increased from a few evenings a week during the school year to four to five times a week since school adjourned for the summer, she said.

The extra hours she's devoting to her job mean more money toward the car she hopes one day to drive to school and the fashionable clothes she likes to wear there, said Ashlee, 15.

Clear Spring High School senior Heather Irvin is working about 30 hours a week at Marshall's retail store in Hagerstown this summer, as opposed to the 15 to 20 hours per week she works during the school year, she said.

Heather saves 50 to 75 percent of her income for college and uses the remaining funds to pay for school clothes and other expenses, she said.

"My parents get me the basics and, anything else I want, I pay for," Heather said.

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