If a college education is important, both for individual life opportunities and for society as a whole, then it deserves every student’s full attention. School work is work. It’s a full-time job. One of the biggest flaws in our current higher ed system is that it forces students to take on a second (or third!) job that distracts them from their school work and keeps them from getting the maximum benefit from their one chance to go to college.
To positively require that students perform non-academic work in order to be able to go to college is both absurd and cruel. It takes the worst part of our already dysfunctional system and enshrines it in law. The only work requirement for financial aid should be satisfactory progress on school work, which is — as highly educated presidential candidates should be well aware — work.