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Education Final 09-15-11 -   1.3.b - State Work Study

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Education Final 09-15-11
1. Access and Enrollment
2. Student Accomplishment
3. Student and Economic Outcomes
Action Plan
1.3.b - State Work Study
Is the State Work Study program expanding to keep pace with demand?
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Data Notes
Data Source: Higher Education Coordinating Board student financial aid data system.
Measure Definition: Total SWS earnings received by students by source, 2002-03 to 2010-11.
Target Rationale: The State Work Study program is a major source of need-based aid and is one of the only programs available to graduate students.
Link to Agency Strategic Plan: The Strategic Master Plan calls for the state to maintain "its leadership role in providing need-based financial aid."
Relevance: The SWS is the largest and one of the oldest programs of its type in the country.
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Action Plan: No
Extended Analysis: No

 Drill Down Measures

 Summary Analysis

  • Please note all 2010-11 data are estimates. The program served an estimated 7,800 students in 2010-11, a decline of approximately 1,500 students.
  • This chart shows the growth in total student State Work Study earnings between 2002-03 and 2010-11.  Employer match earnings had consistently provided about 25% of total student earnings over the period, leveraging taxpayer resources to provide more overall aid to needy students.  Legislatively directed increases to employer match rates in 2010-11 should result in a larger employer share contribution in 2010-11 and is estimated to be 34%.
  • The growth in total SWS earnings from 2002-03 to 2009-10 is attributable to higher wages and work hours, supported by increased "keep pace" appropriations from the legislature.  The number of students served by the program prior to 2010-11 remained fairly constant at about 9,300 students.
  • SWS experienced a 31% funding reduction ($7.4 million) in the 2010 Supplemental Budget and this is reflected in lower estimated student earnings in state dollars within the chart ($14.5 million).  SWS experienced a 66% funding reduction ($30 million) in the 2011-13 Biennial Budget.  The 2011-12 SWS appropriation is now $7.8 million.  The legislature directed HECB to work with institutions to minimize the impact to needy resident students by eliminating non-resident student participation in the program and by further increasing the employer contribution to student wages through higher matching rates.  The program is expected to serve about 3,500 students in 2011-12.