Work Study FAQs

2016 - 2017 Federal Work Study Handbook 

How many students are employed and what jobs are available?

Approximately 400 students are employed on a part-time basis during the academic year.

There are a variety of jobs available to eligible students. Jobs include, but are not limited to, Krammes Service Center, academic and administrative office assistants, music and athletics.

Who is eligible to work?

Students who have college work study as part of their financial aid award have priority for on-campus employment. The college work study award is the maximum amount the student may earn during the year. The awarded amount is based on the student's need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How many hours a week do students usually work?

Students are awarded anywhere from 2 to 15 hours per week to work. Some stipend jobs are available. This is when students are paid by the job rather than by the hour. These jobs require certain skills such as working in the theater department, on the radio staff or serving as a resident assistant.

How do students find a job?

Students are responsible for contacting campus employers and finding their own job.  A Job Fair is held the first week of classes and student may use the Work Study Handbook as a guide for the various jobs available on campus.

What papers do I need to complete in order to begin work on campus?

You need to have the following papers on file with the Business Office: an I-9 form, a W-4, Direct Deposit form, and a copy of social security card, driver's license and hiring card.

Can I work on campus if I do not have work study in my financial aid award?

Students without work study as part of a financial aid must be approved with the department and financial aid office before beginning work.

How do I get paid for work study?

Students are paid on the 10th of each month beginning in October. Checks are directly deposited to your college or personal account.

What if I don't earn my entire work study award?

Work study money is not spending money. It is a part of your financial aid package; therefore, any money not earned becomes a part of your family's responsibility.

How much do students get paid?

Students earn state minimum wage.

What if students earn more than the awarded amount?

Students who earn more than their job awarded will have that difference added to the student contribution for next year. It is helpful to the student to keep a record of his earnings and plan work hours appropriately. The Financial Aid Office monitors the student's earnings. Government and college regulations stipulate that the student can not earn more than awarded.

What if a student cannot find a job?

Sometimes job openings run out or become very difficult to find. Not unlike looking for a job in your home community, finding a job on campus may require patience and persistence for a while. If a student is unable to find a job, frequent stops in the Financial Aid Office to check current openings is advised. The student can also place his/her name on a waiting list, to be notified through campus e-mail of new openings as they become available.

Can a student be fired?

YES. Hiring and firing is up to the discretion of the employer, not the Financial Aid Office. Each employer expects appropriate work behavior from the students. Employed students should follow the following guidelines to keep their jobs.

  • Be willing to work hard.
  • Be prompt.
  • Present a neat appearance.
  • Be cooperative and pleasant.

What about off-campus job opportunities?

The Financial Aid Office does receive job announcements from community employers and individuals. Many requests for Child Care Providers are received throughout the year. All off-campus as well as on-campus information is posted on a bulletin board outside the Financial Aid Office.

What about work during breaks and summer?

There are several departments that offer employment while the students are on break and during the summer vacation. Since students do not have a job award to work during these particular times, students are encouraged to talk to employers about available work. Krammes Service Center, the Admission Office and ARAMARK Food Service employ a limited number of students during these times. Money earned during breaks and summer vacation are not included in the student's job award total.