Here is why President Trump may be right about changing Federal Work Study

Don’t throw stones at me.  

In this March 17, 2017 article on Inside Higher Education it lays the problem in the current work study allocation formula on the table.

Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University, found that the 322 most selective private colleges in the country receive 4 percent of Pell Grant funds, which would indicate they enroll a low number of low-income students. Those institutions received 22 percent of Federal Work-Study funds, Kelchen found. 

Federal Work-Study has been criticized for disproportionately sending money to elite campuses and middle-class students instead of institutions that serve low-income students, they noted.  

This article in the Atlantic from 2014 shows the top 10 colleges using work study.

My school (SUNY) gets about $350,000 per year. We asked for an increase in part for the minimum wage increase and did not get it for 17-18.

Work study allocations top 10 2014:

  1. CUNY $8,401,359
  2. NYU $7,581,933
  3. Columbia $6,195,596
  4. USC $5,201,646
  5. Penn State $5,142,373
  6. DeVry $5,103,454
  7. ITT $4,627,648
  8. U Michigan $4,337,798
  9. International American University of Puerto Rico $4,245,722
  10. Cornell $4,074,986

The formula allocation for work study has become skewed and as much as I hate to say this President Trump is right. I do not say this every day. We need to support a re-thought of how work study is allocated.