Can paying college tutors help drive interest in teaching?


Research released this month in a working paper from Brown University’s Annenberg Institute demonstrates how crucial pay is for recruiting tutors from colleges. 

The study ultimately found that advertising monetary compensation for tutoring roles increased applications on college campuses by 196% compared to tutoring advertisements that did not push out pay messaging. As a result, students were also 205% more likely to be hired as tutors under monetary advertising for such roles.


Regardless of the potential hiccups along the way, data has shown that colleges and universities are beginning to tap more into Federal Work-Study funds to hire tutors, said Nancy Waymack, director of research partnerships and policy at Stanford University’s National Student Support Accelerator, a nonprofit research organization that promotes high-impact tutoring in schools.  

For Waymack, it’s refreshing to see students earn pay for tutoring considering the role has historically been viewed as a volunteering opportunity.

“Using Work-Study, using AmeriCorps funds, other federal resources or resources that come from other places to pay tutors just opens up the field a lot more for many different students who otherwise might have been doing another job on campus,” Waymack said. “And they wouldn’t have that opportunity to be in a school, work with kids, and see educators who are teaching every day that they might want to emulate somewhere down the road.”