The average college student in 2023 has to work about 4x as many hours on minimum wage as a student 30 years ago to access the same education.

MyElearningWorld released a new report showing that the average college student in 2023 has to work about 4x as many hours on minimum wage as a student 30 years ago to access the same education.
 
Important Findings:
  • 30 years ago, the average student at a public university could pay for a full year of tuition by working around 500 hours at a minimum wage job
  • Today, the same student would have to work 2,022 hours on average at a minimum wage job to cover a year of tuition at a public university (~39 hours each week, all year long)
  • Students who want to attend a private university would have to work about 4,646 hours on average at a minimum wage job to cover a year of tuition (~89 hours each week, every week of the year)
 
You can view the full report, along with our analysis, here: https://myelearningworld.com/college-tuition-minimum-wage-study/
 
The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown of the data, showing how much students in each state would need to work to pay tuition. 
A little about me: my name is Scott Winstead, and I'm the founder of MyElearningWorld.com, where I have covered all things related to online learning since 2016. 

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