Students balancing school work and jobs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - With student loans, some students feel it's necessary to work a part-time job along with taking out extra loans or applying for additional scholarships to help pay for school.

"It's pretty hard," said Tristen Brewster. "I go to class, then go to work, and then when I'm not in class and I'm not in work, then I'm sleeping."

For WVU junior Tristen Brewster, she almost had to take this year off.

"Up until less than a week ago I really didn't think I was coming back this semester," Brewster said. "It was really upsetting because I'm the first person in my family to go to college and I just really wanted to make it happen."

Brewster has combined her class schedule into two days of the week, that way she has enough time to work jobs, and even find time to sleep.

"This week I'm working 60 hours," she said. "I don't typically work that much but always at least 40. I've been paying my own bills since mid-high school and I've always known the value of a dollar so I think that's a really important quality to have."

She's not the only one. Brewster, along with her friend, feel there's a part that's rewarding.

They're not necessarily worried about how it impacts them now. They're more concerned about the future and finding a job after college to help pay off the loans.

"It's definitely nerve-wracking knowing that six months after we graduate we have to start paying our loans off and it's nerve-wracking because how do we know that we're going to have a job within six months that could support our lifestyle and student loans on top of that," said Fallon Mowles

A representative from WVU's Financial Aid office said they'd do their best to accommodate as best they can for all students. Sometimes there's only so much they can give out. Overall, this can be a difficult time for students trying to balance two big priorities.

"I always tell students, if you put five hours into it and you get a $500 scholarship for that five hours of research and work and that sort of thing, you basically got $100 an hour, which is more than what you're going to get paid in most jobs," said Nicole Solomon, the Assistant Director for WVU's Student Financial Support and Services