The Work-Study Program
Work-study provides eligible students another means of meeting their financial obligations to the university. It is a beneficial program that allows students to gain valuable experience and networking opportunities.
Eligible students must:
- complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year;
- be enrolled at least half-time in a degree-seeking program (6 or more credit hours);
- demonstrate financial need.
- have a cumulative GPA of (respective of academic classification):
|Academic Classification Level||Cumulative GPA Requirements|
|Freshmen||1.7 or higher|
|Sophomores||1.8 or higher|
|Juniors/Seniors||2.0 or higher|
|Graduate Students||3.0 or higher|
Note: DNIMAS students and resident assistants are not eligible for work-study.
The work-study program allows eligible students to be awarded either federal or institutional work-study. Institutional work-study excludes employment from the following departments:
- student activities;
- parking; band.
If your financial aid award letter indicates that you have been awarded federal or institutional work-study notification will be sent to you informing you of a mandatory workshop
that will further inform you of your duties as a work-study recipient. The awarded student has the responsibility of finding and securing campus employment. Various offices and departments around campus will post their available openings to the campus employment website.
Once a student finds campus employment, a job assignment packet must be obtained from the supervisor and completed by both the student and the supervisor. All documents MUST be returned to the Financial Aid Office prior to the student's first day of work.
Students can work up to 20 hours per week (up to 6 hours per day) during the academic year. Students are paid biweekly on Friday at hourly rates based upon their classification. Work-study checks can be retrieved from the Cashier's Office in Wilson Hall (M-F 8:30 am - 4:30 pm).
Dismissal from Work-Study Program
Please note that the forging of timesheets is considered falsification of a legal document. Any student who falsifies a time sheet by adding time or signing the name of a college representative will be dismissed from the work-study program and be responsible for paying back any monies which may have been issued.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is work-study not counted toward my tuition balance? Q: Now that I know that I have been awarded work-study, what should I do next?
A: Work-study funds are paid out only when the student works the contracted hours. Since situations could arise which prevent you from working the contracted hours, we cannot rely on those funds as accounts receivable. However, since the checks will be made payable to you, you have the option of using those funds to pay on your account.
A: Once you receive notification of your work-study award, you must find a work-study position on campus, attend a mandatory student orientation, and interview for the position.
Q: Where can I work on campus? Q: When does work-study start?
A: To view available work-study positions, go to the Campus Employment website.
A: You can begin work only after you have attended the mandatory workshop. Notification will be sent to inform you of the dates, time, and location of the workshop.
Q: What are they types of work-study funds? Q: Can my friend and I work at the same location?
A: There are federal and institutional work-study funds. If you have been awarded federal funds, you may work wherever there is a vacancy. However, if you were awarded institutional funds, you may not work in the following departments: athletics, housing, student activities, parking, and band.
A: You and your friend may work at the same location provided that both of you are awarded the same type of work-study funds (institutional work-study funds are restricted, and federal work-study funds are not), and the department has enough openings.
Q: Do I need to bring a resume´ or anything else?Further questions about the work-study program may be directed to Ms. Shakehma Bonney at firstname.lastname@example.org .
A: You will need to bring identification for employment verification. It is a good idea to prepare a resume´ as some departments may request one.