Students who are employed and paid under the Federal Work-Study Program must demonstrate financial need by having completed the FAFSA. Anticipated earnings are not applied to student accounts. Rather, students are paid by check monthly and are paid a wage per hour based on the position’s responsibilities.
A Federal Work-Study award does not mean that you are guaranteed a certain amount of earnings, but that you may earn up to a specific total for the academic year. A Federal Work-Study award does not mean that you are “guaranteed” a job for the entire academic year. Other factors are used to determine the period of time a student is eligible to work, i.e. budget restraints, federal allocation, the number of students with needs, student’s unmet needs, etc. Students who work off campus could be asked to stop working earlier than the end of the semester because of some of these circumstances.
Students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study on their financial aid award will be notified during the summer of additional information required to secure a job. Federal Work-Study is considered part-time employment; therefore, the wages earned are taxed.
Students are also able to work part-time under the College Work-Study Program. The College Work-Study Program is administered in much the same way as the Federal Work-Study Program with the exception that the students do not have to demonstrate financial need through the FAFSA. All students are paid by check monthly and are paid a wage based on the position’s responsibilities. College Work-Study is considered part-time employment; therefore, the wages earned are taxed.
Direct all student employment-related questions to the Financial Aid Office at 864.833.8288.