Mounting student loan debt has gained national recognition as the spotlight covers the plight of the millennial generation in pursuit of higher education. It is not much of a surprise that this rising source of debt gains a bit more attention; after all, the tally has exceeded $1.3 trillion (a common statistic) and has surpassed credit card debt and auto loan debt as a leading source of debt in America.

There are multiple culprits to this trend. College tuition is one of the main contributors as it increases right along with student loan debt; additionally, one could argue that the demand for education and rising population contribute to this issue as well. When the overall cost of tuition is factored in (textbooks, rental space, groceries, etc.), the situation gets worse on the grand scale as well as for every individual in college.

All of this aside, it is clear that there are plenty of catalysts to an issue that is only getting worse. An increased need for student loans causes strain on taxpayers which loops back around and creates more problems for prospective college students coming from a stressed economy. It is clearly a big issue.

Big issues call for big solutions. One such solution was a call for students to start working during college in order to combat the overall cost of attendance. This is definitely a necessity for many people, but picking up a part-time job can be difficult in many areas. In order to solve this dilemma, the Federal Work Study Program was devised to provide on-campus jobs for students. This was a big step in producing jobs for college students, but it still was not enough.

Many universities picked up the slack by offering on-campus jobs that were not affiliated with the Federal Work Study program. These jobs help fill the gap that is left by the Federal Work Study program and the labor markets that are surrounding college towns. These on-campus opportunities are great for students in need of a part-time job to help pay for regular college expenses. On top of this, these part-time workers can start paying off their student loans during college.

Working a part-time job throughout college is hard, but it is extremely beneficial and yields multiply benefits. It teaches valuable lessons in time management, multi-tasking, project planning, and more. It helps pay for typical college expenses such as food and student loans. Above all else, it helps contribute to solving a problem that shrouds higher education.

Using licensed Peterson’s Financial Aid Data from the year 2016, colleges were ranked based on which provided the most non-Federal Work Study job opportunities. Just to clarify, these jobs are provided by the college itself as a form of self-help aid, and the colleges ranked closer to first place provide the more job opportunities on-campus.

The top 250 colleges are listed below with their rank, name, and number of on-campus jobs provided.

RankCollegeNumber of Jobs
1Rutgers University-New Brunswick7704
2Arizona State University at the Tempe campus5823
3Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College4685
4University of Florida4488
5Oklahoma State University4405
6Central Michigan University3895
7University of New Hampshire3889
8University of Notre Dame3345
9The University of Akron3308
10Lindenwood University3223
11Harvard University3065
12University of Illinois at Chicago2672
13DePaul University2393
14University of Wisconsin-Whitewater2300
15Loyola Marymount University2222
16Eastern Illinois University2160
17Murray State University2126
18East Carolina University1873
19Southeast Missouri State University1830
20University of North Carolina at Asheville1823
21Minnesota State University Mankato1805
22Ithaca College1793
23University of Wisconsin-La Crosse1756
24Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona1752
25Western Kentucky University1750
26Millersville University of Pennsylvania1736
27Stanford University1725
28Bethel University1622
29Colorado School of Mines1607
30State University of New York at Oswego1588
31Western Illinois University1545
32Indiana University of Pennsylvania1522
33University of Portland1515
34St. Olaf College1509
35University of Central Missouri1474
36Stony Brook University, State University of New York1456
37Hofstra University1454
38Denison University1439
39Christopher Newport University1429
40Cedarville University1422
41Truman State University1395
42University of Pennsylvania1394
43North Carolina State University1384
44Carroll University1382
45Harding University1357
46Carleton College1341
47University of San Francisco1320
48The College at Brockport, State University of New York1318
49Coastal Carolina University1248
50Wittenberg University1244
51University of St. Thomas1203
52Eastern Kentucky University1200
53University of La Verne1178
54Adelphi University1162
55Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix campus1149
56Northwest Missouri State University1125
57Colorado State University-Pueblo1109
58Southeastern Louisiana University1093
59Louisiana Tech University1088
60Calvin College1068
61College of Saint Benedict1058
62University of Colorado Boulder1055
63Luther College1045
64Duke University1028
65Colorado State University1026
66Northeastern State University1005
67Massachusetts Institute of Technology1004
68University at Buffalo, the State University of New York969
69Cornell University960
70Olivet Nazarene University957
71Gettysburg College947
72Hamline University934
73Rutgers University-Newark903
74Saint John's University898
75Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania892
76University of Puget Sound890
77Stockton University851
78University of Minnesota, Duluth847
79Valparaiso University842
80Ramapo College of New Jersey798
81Morehead State University789
82University of California, Los Angeles788
83Saint Francis University780
84Sacred Heart University775
85Iowa State University of Science and Technology764
86Edgewood College761
87George Fox University754
88Messiah College753
89Missouri Western State University739
90Northwestern College737
91Juniata College720
92Keene State College713
93The University of Texas at San Antonio710
94Grinnell College707
95Bentley University699
96Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus682
97Mount St. Mary's University680
98Fairmont State University674
99Pomona College671
100Barnard College648
101University of Mary Washington646
102Samford University646
103Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott633
104Lee University628
105University of Michigan-Dearborn623
106University of Northern Colorado614
107Oberlin College600
108Southwestern University593
109Whittier College586
110Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania586
111Suffolk University577
112Dartmouth College577
113Wartburg College563
114Hope College562
115Rutgers University-Camden561
116Marist College558
117Seattle University558
118Campbell University553
119The University of Scranton543
120Hobart and William Smith Colleges516
121University of North Alabama509
122Western Washington University508
123Alabama State University506
124Arizona State University at the West campus503
125Longwood University493
126Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art489
127Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology479
128Pacific Lutheran University477
129Shenandoah University475
130Austin Peay State University466
131Radford University458
132Central College455
133Regis University452
134Linfield College445
135Wabash College442
136Simpson College434
137University of South Carolina Aiken424
138Shepherd University423
139Brown University421
140Tuskegee University416
141Williams College413
142Le Moyne College409
143New Mexico State University401
144Lawrence University398
145St. Bonaventure University397
146Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania390
147Culver-Stockton College386
148University of New Orleans382
149Arkansas State University380
150Baldwin Wallace University378
151Adams State University370
152Vassar College370
153Trinity Christian College367
154Millikin University364
155The University of Tampa362
156University of Nevada, Reno362
157Mount Holyoke College357
158Winona State University352
159Maryville University of Saint Louis346
160Southern Arkansas University-Magnolia341
161Bates College337
162Cameron University334
163Washington and Lee University334
164State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry333
165Morningside College331
166Marian University329
167Mount Mercy University325
168Nova Southeastern University322
169Northern State University316
170Mills College315
171University of South Florida314
172Elmira College313
173St. Lawrence University313
174Columbia International University294
175Bowdoin College294
176University of Colorado Denver293
177The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley289
178Saint Michael's College288
179Columbus College of Art & Design288
180Elmhurst College285
181DeSales University277
182Colgate University275
183Bethany Lutheran College274
184Saint Mary's University of Minnesota274
185Howard University273
186Piedmont College272
187Fort Lewis College270
188Oklahoma City University268
189Wheaton College266
190University of Colorado Colorado Springs265
191Keuka College260
192Hendrix College260
193Concordia University, St. Paul257
194Houston Community College253
195Lewis University252
196University of St. Francis251
197Otterbein University250
198The Juilliard School250
199Thomas Aquinas College250
200Mississippi University for Women247
201East Texas Baptist University243
202Occidental College241
203Glenville State College238
204University of Denver237
205Friends University234
206Ferris State University231
207Boise State University230
208Waukesha County Technical College230
209Pepperdine University223
210Missouri Southern State University223
211Northland College221
212Coe College212
213Bluffton University212
214Amherst College211
215Rogers State University210
216Saint Louis University209
217Caldwell University200
218Kansas City Art Institute199
219California University of Pennsylvania199
220Gannon University198
221Bethel College193
222Sewanee: The University of the South193
223Bridgewater College192
224Thomas More College192
225Emmanuel College192
226King's College191
227Minnesota State University Moorhead190
228Loras College190
229Dickinson College188
230University of Idaho184
231Eastern Washington University183
232Davidson College182
233Catawba College179
234Columbia College179
235Hagerstown Community College176
236Milligan College176
237Chowan University174
238Saint Martin's University173
239The Master's College and Seminary173
240Bemidji State University172
241Mount Mary University170
242Texas State University169
243Westminster College169
244University of Washington167
245University of Indianapolis163
246Arcadia University163
247Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi162
248University of Dubuque160
249Jacksonville University160
250Berry College159
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