at a lot of private schools any kid whose family can display need can do work study. That isn't recruiting.
95% of the kids that get these work study aids at St. Paul's happen to be athletes. I know what goes on, I went and played there.
Did it stop public schools from beating us? No
Also, zoning is an absolute joke in certain parishes. Getting a "waiver" to go to a different school outside of the zone you reside is basically just an "ask and you shall receive" process.