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Students juggle work, course load to earn a degree

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WAUSAU (WAOW)--School is out for summer, but students and staff at University of Wisconsin Marathon County are already gearing up for the fall. Many incoming Freshman will face the challenge of balancing work and school to obtain a degree.

Students are feeling the squeeze and with tuition and living expenses on the rise, attending a four-year university can be daunting. That's why Shelby Staszac decided to complete her first two years at UWMC.

"I'll have to balance working and studying because it will be a lot harder," she said.

Academic advisors said they are seeing more and more students juggling jobs and school work. That's why they make financial aid and affordable tuition priorities.

"They're trying to balance going to school as well as going to school and that's one benefit of going here because we have the lowest tuition in the state," said Matt Greenberg, an academic advisor at UWMC.

A down economy also means more people going back to school. Greenberg says 31 percent of students at UWMC are returning adults, meaning over the age of 22.

Despite facing new challenges, students said they are excited to leave high school behind and take on more adult responsibilities.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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