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Vasiliy Sobolev
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The Work Study Job

Work-study is a type of financial aid where a percentage of your earned wages are supplemented by federal, state, or institutional funds. It can be need- or non-need based. Students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in order to use their work-study award and may only have one work-study job at a time.

The Work Study Job

The number of requests usually exceeds FWS funds. You may be placed on a waiting list if the requests exceed funds. It is important to remember that work-study is NOT a job in which you are paid to study. Work-study is not a cash award. You must work for your earnings.

Once you have been awarded work-study, you are required to find a job that would be affiliated with the work-study program. Job postings are listed online through Careers at FIU. Follow the application instructions listed for each job. There is no limit to the amount of positions you can apply for. However, you can only accept one work-study position per academic semester.

Twice a month you will record the hours that you have worked and you will receive full payment for those hours according to the university payroll schedule. The money is not automatically applied toward school expenses. It is up to you to decide how you use the earnings from your job. Once your award has been depleted for the semester, you may continue working if your employer chooses to pay you from other funds.

Both. If you work on campus, you will work for FIU. If you work off campus, the work performed must be in the public interest. Your employer must be an approved community work-study site. On-campus job postings are listed online at Careers at FIU.

You will be paid by the hour and your earnings are subject to taxes. Twice a month you will record the hours that you have worked, and you will receive full payment for those hours according to the university payroll schedule. Be certain to complete your electronic payment information when you are hired. Ask your hiring department for further details.

Your earnings will be at least the current federal minimum wage; however, you could be paid more depending upon the type of work you do and the skills required. Your total award depends on your financial need, the amount of other aid you will receive and the availability of funds at FIU.

Summer work-study is a separate award from fall/spring. To apply for summer work-study funds, in addition to having a current year FAFSA, your current supervisor must complete a Summer Federal Work-Study Request form.

You must stop working when you have earned your entire work-study award. The only way you may continue working after your work-study award has been earned is if your employer has funds to cover you on their payroll as a regular wage employee. Check with your supervisor.

Typically, we encourage you to continue your job search by accessing job postings listed through Careers at FIU. There is a deadline for each semester to find a work-study position. If you are still unable to secure employment by the deadline, you will have the opportunity to get help from the Human Resources Department to locate a work-study position. However, please keep in mind that your work-study can be canceled if you do not take active steps to locate a work-study job. Do not make assumptions about your work-study award.

Students may be employed by: the institution itself; a federal, state, or local public agency; a private nonprofitorganization; or a private for-profit organization. Institutions must use at least 7 percent of their Work-Study allocation to support students working in community service jobs, including: reading tutorsfor preschool age or elementary school children; mathematics tutors for students enrolled in elementaryschool through ninth grade; literacy tutors in a family literacy project performing family literacy activities; oremergency preparedness and response.

A lot of work goes into creating a high-quality internship, such as figuring out which students are eligible and vetting opportunities from employers, said Gina Del Carlo, the founding director of Earn & Learn. The Bay Area Community College Consortium contracted with Earn & Learn to guide 25 Bay Area colleges pursuing this work-study funding.

The funds are intended for students who are considered underrepresented. That includes students are low-income, parents, displaced workers, formerly incarcerated, undocumented or have disabilities. Those who are first generation in their families to attend college, current or former foster youth, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are also eligible and given priority for the opportunities through state guidelines. Majors in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) also have priority.

One of the early programs is the Junior Leadership Academy at Ohlone College. Cohorts of 20 students receive coaching in a 15-week career readiness class for credit, while working on a project for a local employer that involves research connected to their field. This includes business students working for a consulting firm and engineering students at an engineering firm.

Students are notified of their work study eligibility by the Work Study Office via email. The email serves as proof of eligibility. Please make sure to confirm work study eligibility with the student. They can inform you of the total amount awarded, and the period of their work study award. We are no longer using the Work Study Award Verification Form as we adopt to the current situation.

Work Study is a great way to help pay for your education while gaining invaluable experience by working part-time. By participating in the Work Study Program you will learn work skills that are transferable to future career paths. The Federal and State Work Study Programs give you the opportunity to work part-time while going to school. As an employer it is a way to create more opportunities as your salary costs will be subsidized by the Work Study Program.

Work Study Office520 Schmitz, Box 355882E-mail workstdy@uw.eduPhone: 206-685-1985Fax: 206-616-4862ResourcesApplying for Financial AidParent Plus LoanNew Borrowers of Federal Student LoansFederal School CodeOur Title IV federal school code is 003798. This code is used for Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses.

Once hired, your Work Study employer will need to complete a Work Study Hiring Form before you start working. They can find the form on our website. The form must be submitted to the Work Study Office so that we have a record of you being hired. It is very important that this form is completed before you start working.

Of particular interest to many students are the community service positions and Literacy programs such as America Reads, Jumpstart, and Riverways Education Partnerships. These off-campus jobs offer you the opportunity to work for local schools and other community non-profit agencies and organizations, providing direct service to their clientele. If you are thinking about service career you can gain invaluable exposure or experience in such fields as counseling, tutoring/mentoring, public health, recreation, therapeutic child-care, among others.

Both undergraduate and graduate students may request work-study. Graduate students are NOT offered work-study automatically, even if they request it on the FAFSA. They must specifically request it through their Financial Aid Counselor. Students who are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid will not be eligible for the work-study program.

Since work-study is a need-based fund, it must fit within your financial aid budget. Scholarships, grants and some student loan programs are also need-based so there may not be room for work-study without taking something away or reducing other offers. This depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), calculated on the information provided on your FAFSA. If you qualify for a reduced amount, you may still have work-study, but you will not be able to work as many hours or as long during the school year due to the reduced offer.

Work-study, as with other types of aid, is offered based on the availability of funds and academic performance and has a limited amount of funding. If you indicated you were interested in work-study on your FAFSA, but were not given a work-study offer, check with our office to see if you qualify.

Work-study jobs are primarily on-campus, in various environments. Duties can range from answering the phone to developing web pages for the department, depending on individual department needs. The off-campus jobs we currently offer include Rowdy Corps and the Roadrunner Reader program. Rowdy Corps is a community service-based program that allows UTSA students working in non-profit or government agencies to commit their time at selected community-based agencies outside of the university. The Roadrunner Reader program allows UTSA students to tutor elementary students around San Antonio in reading and mathematics.

In addition, work-study eligible students may also be able to receive work-study funds to support other off-campus work experiences that are either required by their academic programs or in support of their future careers, including apprenticeships, internships, externships and clinical rotations. Students interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact University Career Center at

If you are unable to secure a position, you may choose to decline your work-study and pursue other forms of financial aid. It is important to contact our office if you decide you want to decline work-study.

Work-study students may work a maximum of 19 hours per week during weeks that classes meet. There is no minimum number of hours you have to work, but a department may set a minimum if they have specific needs. During weeks that classes do not meet (e.g. Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.) you may work up to 40 hours, but no more than eight hours per day. Keep in mind that if you work more hours per week during those weeks, you may run out of work-study funds before the end of the school year. 041b061a72


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