Hard Work in Support of our Community
Sterling College is one of only ten 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 resident student puts their 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
And you’re paid for your work, too—through your work program position, you will get a minimum of $1680 each semester for 80 hours of work, which goes towards reducing your college costs. And it’s possible to earn more: as you build skills, there are higher-paying leadership positions available on campus.
That $1680 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.