This program is aimed at providing part-time jobs on campus for financially eligible students, allowing them to earn money to help pay educational expenses. This program encourages community service and work, related to courses of study. Eligibility is determined by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
The program is set up on a “work and earn” basis. The Financial Aid Office awards a budgeted dollar amount for the school year depending upon financial need as determined by the financial aid application (FAFSA). There is limited funding available under this program each school year.
Students can request a work-study award by completing the work-study request form. (Please Note: Requesting an award does not guarantee you will be eligible to receive work-study)
What requirements must I meet to participate in the work-study program?
- Have been offered and officially accepted a work-study award for the current academic year (Work-study is a needs based program. Therefore, students must have unmet need in order to be eligible for an award).
- Be enrolled in a minimum of six credits
- Maintain academic progress toward completion of an associate degree or diploma (see Satisfactory Academic Progress)
How will I be paid?
You will be paid an hourly wage. Hours worked will be recorded by you, the student, on electronic time sheets. Federal Work-Study earnings are disbursed bi-weekly and are processed for the actual hours worked. You must have either a savings or checking account where your earnings may be electronically deposited.
Does having a work-study award guarantee that I will get a job?
All jobs are competitive and require the completion of an on-line application, as well as an interview.
Do I have to pay the money back?
A work-study award is not a loan. It is an award for you to earn and use. There is no penalty if the award is not earned. You do not pay it back.
Are taxes taken out of my work-study earnings?
Yes, if you earn enough according to IRS tax rules.
Can I work as many hours as I want?
No. The amount you earn can’t exceed your total Federal Work-Study award. When assigning work hours, your employer will consider your class schedule and your academic progress. Work schedules are generally quite flexible to accommodate your classes and study time. Students can work a maximum of 20 hours/week while classes are in session and 38.75 hours/week during break periods.