Office of Financial Assistance
- Must I Start Working Right Away?
- Not necessarily, but if you choose to delay starting work, you should be aware that jobs usually fill up quickly and supervisors may expect students to start working immediately. Also, delaying the start of work may mean that you will not have income for expenses and books, and it reduces your chances of earning your full award. Federal regulations prohibit any advances on work-study.
- Students should also note that while work-study offers great opportunities for many students, it may not be the best option for everyone. If you already have a well-paying job or one that offers experience in your field of study, you may prefer to stay at that job. You may also want to consider the intensity of your academic course load before choosing to work. It is not necessary for you to work all the hours allowed by your award. If you wish to work only a few hours a week, you should seek a position that fits your schedule.
- What are My Responsibilities as an Employee?
- Accepting a work study position means making a commitment. You are primarily a student, but by choosing to work, you have responsibilities to your employer. Here are a few guidelines to remember:
- Report to work promptly
- Notify your supervisor when you will be late or unable to work
- Do not conduct personal business at work
- Accurately report the hours you work
- Perform your task(s) to the best of your ability
- Dress appropriately for work
- If you work with confidential information, keep all information to yourself
- Can I Change My Work Study Job?
- Most employers expect a commitment from you to work through the academic year. However, changes in class schedule, academic pressures, or the volume of work in your job may make such a commitment difficult. If you feel you must terminate your employment, you should give at least two weeks notice to your employer. In addition, you should discuss the reason for your termination with your employer.
- How Many Hours Do I Work?
- The average student spends between 8 and 10 hours per week on the job. During vacation periods of one week or more, the student may be allowed to work additional hours, however students wishing to do this should contact the Office of Financial Assistance before doing so.
- Work study students should remember that the maximum earnings figure for the period of employment is the figure stated on the financial aid award letter. Students may not exceed this earnings level. If you work twenty hours per week, you may find that you have expended your work-study award before the end of the academic year.
It is the responsibility of the student to keep track of earnings, and students will not be paid from work-study funds for hours exceeding their allotment.