Work-Study FAQs

What is work-study?
Work-study employment is a type of financial aid that a student earns in the form of a paycheck. The program is either federally funded or state funded. The funds are intended to help offset educational and living expenses. Wages are earned by working on campus or at an approved off-campus site.

Who can be a work-study employee?
Students are considered for work-study employment based on financial need. Eligibility is determined by a financial aid officer in the Financial Aid Office in Room B107. You must be enrolled a minimum of 6 credits and earn at least a 2.0 GPA each semester.

How do I receive the money?
Unlike many forms of financial aid, the money goes directly to the student instead of to the institution. Funds are received in the form of a semi-monthly paycheck. All paychecks are based on a standard hourly wage and the number of hours worked for each pay period.

How much will I get paid?
All federal work-study employees receive a standard hourly rate. Currently the rate is $8.00 an hour. Appropriate taxes will be deducted from your paycheck.

When can I begin working?
DO NOT begin working until a financial aid representative has instructed you to do so. Before you begin working you will need to hand in your completed Work-Study Eligibility Card with the necessary signatures and you will need to attend an orientation session for all new work-study employees.

How many hours can I work?
Work-Study employees are hired to work a maximum of 15 hours per week throughout the academic year.

Are current work-study employees guaranteed a position next year?
Each academic year begins a new process. Initial approval is for the remainder of that school year provided you continue to meet academic and enrollment guidelines each semester (At Least 6 credits and a GPA of 2.0 or above each semester.) It is recommended that you inquire about your position for the next year during the spring semester.