Work-Study

Work-study is an award that allows you to work on campus and earn a regular paycheck.

If you receive a work-study award, you’ll use Handshake to find and apply for a job. Once hired, you’ll work to earn bi-weekly paychecks. Work-study is optional, not a requirement. You don’t have to pursue employment, employment is not guaranteed, and there’s no penalty for declining this part of your award package.

Work-Study Eligibility

Work-study is based on financial need as determined by FAFSA. Funds are awarded as part of your financial aid package. You’ll need to meet the following criteria to be considered for work-study:

  • Answer “Yes” to the FAFSA Question: “Are you interested in being considered for work-study?”
  • Submit the FAFSA by the February 15 priority date
  • Enroll at least half-time (minimum of 6 credits for undergraduates or 5 credits for graduates)
  • Have demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA

Note: Work-study funding is limited. Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee an award.

Work-Study Rules and Limitations

  • Work-study funding is only available if you have received a work-study award.
  • Work-study jobs are limited to no more than 20 hours per week during school. However, you can work up to 9 additional hours so long as the additional wages come from departmental funds.
  • Declining your work-study award could make you eligible for more loans. Likewise, canceling subsidized loans may make you eligible for more work-study funds. Contact us to discuss your options.
  • You cannot work during regularly scheduled class hours you are enrolled in.
  • Students may begin working using their 2019-2020 work-study awards on July 1st. Supervisors must rehire continuing work-study students for the new award year prior to work starting. Here is a comprehensive resource for supervisors.
  • View Financial Aid Dates and Deadlines for information about when you can begin working each year.

Benefits of Work-Study

  • Your job is convenient – it’s easier to get to work on campus between classes.
  • You’ll gain valuable work experience and build your resume with professional experience.
  • FICA tax is not deducted from your earnings, so you’ll have more take home pay than a comparable off-campus wage.
  • Campus employers make your education a priority and design work schedules around classes.
  • Work-study earnings are deducted from your income on future FAFSAs, so you could be eligible for more aid.

How Do I Get My Work-Study Funding?

You’ll receive funding once you start working and earn bi-weekly paychecks. The award amount offered to you represents the maximum amount you are eligible to earn in a work-study position.

  • You must find a job and apply through Handshake. Once hired, you work to earn a paycheck every two weeks.
    • Career Services can assist you with the job search process including using Handshake, resume and cover letter assistance, and tips for improving your interviewing skills.
  • Work-study funding does not disburse to your student account to pay your fees.
  • You may earn wages up to the amount offered in work-study funding. After that, you may discontinue working or your employer may choose to pay your wages from a different funding source.
  • Paycheck amounts vary based on the wage offered by your employer and number of hours you work.
  • You need to have a half-time enrollment status or higher each term to continue working in a work-study position.
  • Unused funds can’t be carried over to the next academic year.

Work-Study Funding Request for 2019-2020 Academic Year

Please use the form linked in this section to request work-study for the 2019-20 Academic Year. We have limited work-study funds and are unable to award all students that are eligible. Please only submit your information if you have filed a FAFSA, will be enrolled in 6 or more credits, and have remaining need on your account. The formula to determine your remaining need is:

Remaining Need = Cost of AttendanceExpected Family Contribution – All Other Awards (except for all undisbursed loan amounts)

After you have done the formula, a positive number would indicate remaining need. Please submit your information on our Work-Study Funding Request Form if you are interested in receiving work-study funding.

NOTE: Submission of this form does not guarantee that you will receive work-study funding.