Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA) have introduced the Classroom to Careers Act, bipartisan legislation that will expand the Federal Work-Study Program to allow students in the program to get a full-time job in their field of study in either the public or private sector.

Under current law, the Federal Work-Study Program only allows students to have part-time jobs that are on-campus, in the government, or at non-profit organizations—but not in the private sector. While these jobs typically help students pay for school, they are oftentimes not directly related to students’ career goals and may not provide them with the training they need to succeed in the job market after graduation.

“The regulations in the current Federal Work-Study Program limit the modern student’s ability to integrate classroom learning with real world, on-the-job experiences that are needed to ensure they are competitive in the post-graduation job market,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This bipartisan legislation eases restrictions by allowing students to participate in a federal work-study in the private sector. I’m proud to lead this effort to ensure North Country students are well-equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the career of their choosing after college.”

The Federal Work-Study program helps students with the cost of attending college by subsidizing their pay in jobs. According to the Department of Education, approximately 3,200 postsecondary institutions participate in the program, with the federal government distributing over $1.1 billion annually to provide more than 600,000 students with around $1,700 in annual wages each to help pay for college.