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How to Raise a Financially Responsible College Student

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Q. Should a student have a job at college?

A. Research shows that students who work part-time have higher grade point averages than students who don't work, says Goebel, who believes working can help students become more focused and organized. "But students should remember it's good grades—not a paycheck—that will keep them enrolled and progressing towards graduation," he says. And they may want to hold off until sophomore year, after they've adjusted to college life.