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KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
KDFW 2012-04-19 02:15:00 UTC
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Fox 4 News at 9
KDFW (Fox)Dallas, TX DMA: 5
Apr 18 2012 9:15PM CDT
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? when it's time to party ? we will party hard ? let's get the party going >> i don't know what the words said. but it said something like party hard. >> this is not the music we listened to in the '80s. whatever. there are a couple of different schools of thought when it comes to college life. there are the folks who like to party. then there are those who get down to business. they hit the books and the job. >> a new study sheds light on the differences and why they exist. brandon todd is live on the uta campus with more. >> right. you either paid your way through college or your parents did. resear researchers at byu came up with a study that suggested that has everything to do with whether or not students focus on fun or their future. >> it's not a bad thing to relax at the end of the day and have a beer or two. >> this senior says the reason it's brew and nacho time is because his part-time job, his homework and his studying are finished for now. >> i am able to respect and find myself more academics. > a study finds the parents who are footing the bill are taking full advantage of the night life more than anything else, including drinking and drug use. >> there's one person who has his way paid. his gpa is garbage. he doesn't care. >> the study found those kids are likely to have low gps'a's. hannah's parts pay for everything. they weren't happy when hers slipped. >> you're going to have to pay more for college. it gets it back up. you buckle back down. >> researchers found those who paid for some or all of their college experience were more likely to be focused on school and their future. andrew put himself in that category, paying for half of his tuition at uta. his philosophy, party a little, study a lot. >> on monday night, one of my good friends' birthday. we got a limo. sunday night i was studying until 4:00 a.m. so i could go out on monday. >> what about athletes like dwight gentry? he simply has no time for ov overindulgence. >> it's like a job. you're working eight hours. after you get off, you're tired. you've got to study still. >> brandon todd, fox 4 news. >> you've got to learn how to balance it all. joing us now from u.t.-arlington, dr. michael moore dean of undergraduate studies. i'm a stressed out mom, saving money for my two young girls for their education. but the study says might be better if they pay. what do i say? i'm done? not going to save? >> there's a little truth to the notion that students should benefit by having a little skin in the game, as i like to say. if they're working on their own or they've earned an academic scholarship where their performance standards -- it will be necessary to keep their grades up, we find that contributes to students' academic success. >> let's talk about mom and dad, if they aren't paying, the added stress, the financial stress the kids feel. oftentimes, this is their first time to have to deal with money and take care of themselves. > right. with the rising cost of college tuition, it can be burdensome. i don't think it should be an either/or situation. if a student is having to pay all of it, they won't go full-time. we find the students, for example, that work a job off campus 40 hours a week will have to be part-time students. it will take six or seven years to graduate. working on campus part-time with a little assistance from the parents, that's probably an ideal situation. >> so you're saying i need to keep saving? i'll keep doing that. right. do you notice that the students who are working putting themselves through school with help from mom and dad, do you notice a different gpa than the other students who aren't working? > provided they're not being excessive about the work, yes. the clearest distinction in the research is students that work on campus, work study jobs, working in the library, working in the cafeteria, there's a couple of reasons for that. they're on campus and connected to the campus. also, they're more likely to have supervisors that are more sympathetic to the academic experience. if they've got an exam coming up, they'll cut them time to study. if you're working a waitress at a table, serving at a restaurant, you're unlikely to get a break. >> the on campus jobs can be tough to come by. can a parent use, as we heard from one of the students in brandon's story talk about pull up your grades or i'm cutting you off, how well does that threat work? is that really a motivator? > it can be in certain circumstances. i like a model where the student has been given incentives as they move towards college to earn scholarships. the scholarship money, you can incentivize your student. that seems to work for our students. >> we touched on this a little bit. the long ter-term effects. students who work take longer to graduate. they have to balance working and taking classes and maybe they're not taking as many hours as the other students. how does that affect success after college? >> well, it's not so much that it affects success after college as it delays the opportunity to when you can earn success. if you're able to be a full-time student and graduate in four years, you can enter the workplace or go on to the post-graduate degree you need to do. if you're working a lot of hours and can't take a full load, you may graduate in five or six or seven years. those are years that you've missed entering the workforce. it's not that you won't be able to get a job but you're three beers behind your peer that graduated in four years. you've missed three years of earning potential and the opportunity to start paying back the loans and earning a good income. >> i like the way you put that, three beers behind them. bottom line, it's got to make you feel good to hear your students say it's all about balancing. we have to do the work. >> absolutely. our students are hard-working. we find 75 percent of our students have off campus jobs. half are first generation college students. we're doing everything we can to moderate the cost. we're not proposing a tuition increase. it takes a lot of work on all parties, the university, students, parents, to help people realize a college
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