Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
The FAFSA is your starting point for all kinds of financial aid, whether from the government or even Lone Star scholarships!
Taking classes costs you both time and money (and energy).
It's not always realistic to just work fewer hours -- especially when you have classes and books and things to pay for! Taking a full load of classes is the same as having a 40 hour/week full time job. For every hour you're in class, plan to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying, doing homework, or otherwise preparing for that class.
When you can add scholarships and grants to your income, you're not just getting money.
(Not that you need us to tell you that!)
The bigger your school commitments, the smaller your work commitments should be, and vice versa. If you have to work a lot, you should take fewer classes at a time.
as a Student
| Credit Hours Enrolled
(Weekly Time in Class)
| Weekly Study Time
| Suggested Weekly
|Full-Time||12 - 18 hrs
(max: 18 hours; requires approval)
x2: 24 - 36 hrs
x3: 36 - 54 hrs
|20 job hours for 12 credit hours|
|Part-Time: 3/4||9 - 11 hrs||
x2: 18 - 22 hrs
x3: 27 - 33 hrs
|30 job hours for 9 credit hours|
6 - 8 hrs
(min: 6 hours for student loans, financial aid)
x2: 12 - 16 hrs
x3: 18 - 24 hrs
|40 job hours for 6 credit hours|
Created & maintained by: Elaine Patton
First published: Spring 2022
While this guide is actively maintained, the scholarship sponsors will always have the most up-to-date information on their sites.