All students at a Work College, well, work.
Sterling College is one of only eight colleges recognized by the federal government as a Work College and the only work college in the Northeast. It doesn’t matter what your financial aid award is; every student puts his or her shoulder to the wheel and does the essential work to keep the campus going.
Through work experiences, you’ll learn about group dynamics, the needs of a community, and the intentional use of resources. At Sterling, the community depends on the work of students, and the campus is a laboratory for gaining insight into the role of the individual in the health and welfare of the community. The Work Program emphasizes the development of key competencies including:
- Time management
- Appreciation for diversity
And you’re paid for your work, too—through your work program position, you will get a minimum of $1650, which goes towards your college costs. And it’s possible to earn more: as you build skills, there are higher-paying leadership positions available on campus.
That $1650 toward your college cost goes a long way: because Sterling’s a Work College, your work goes toward reducing our overhead, which means our tuition is lower than other colleges and universities. How much less? 20% less than other private New England colleges.