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This study examines the effects of working a part-time job while enrolled in classes full time amongst college students. There were a total of 459 respondents from a large, public university in the Northeast who responded to an online survey. The survey analyzed the differences in Grade Point Averages (GPAs) between students based on the number of hours they worked per week. It also considered whether the position worked related to a given student’s field of study. The results suggest that working 30 hours is a threshold for when students’ GPAs are negatively affected, and that working in a position related to a student’s given major has positive effects on their GPA.