Work study is a good thing - for all the reasons listed above by swimcatsmom. In addition, if you are awarded WS and find that you cannot work for whatever reason (health, schedule, etc.) you don't have to work, you don't have to work for the full amount of hours available to you if that doesn't fit your schedule. It is an opportunity, but not a commitment if you choose or are able to cover costs in some other way. My daughter chose not to work her first semester at college and gave herself a little time to adjust because her schedule was demanding. She is anxious to take advantage of WS opportunities when she goes back.